Texas Rig / Florida Rig

The Texas Rig is more common for largemouth bass, but it can be very effective for catching smallmouth bass as well. The Texas Rig is great for fishing a soft plastic worm in and around many different types of cover, over deep water and in the shallows if you go with a lighter weight. Most anglers won’t go with the Texas rig because you usually don’t have to use a weedless rigged bait when fishing for smallmouth bass. Also, for many of the finesse-sized soft plastic baits that anglers use for smallmouth bass, the baits tend to look better on a regular jighead, shaky head jig or a drop shot rig.

Peg Your Weight or Use a Florida Rig

To prevent your weight from moving up the line, either peg the weight or use a weight that connects to the worm.  The corkscrew weight that connects to the worm is known as a Florida rig when you attach it to the bait.