Weightless Rig

Fishing Rigs

The weightless rig (also known as the “free lining rig”) is very common when fishing for fish higher up in the water column.  You will notice that the picture to the left displays a hook and line.  That’s all it is.  No weights, bobbers, swivels, etc.  Most anglers use this rig when fishing in shallow water, but there are many anglers that will free line a decent-sized live bait over deeper water as well depending on where the fish are in the water column.  This rig is popular for fishing with soft plastics for largemouth and smallmouth bass.  It is also a very popular live bait rig for a variety of different freshwater and saltwater fish.

The weightless Texas rig is a great rig for using bigger soft plastic baits such as worms, jerkbaits, creatures and lizards.  It’s great for rigging the bait weedless which allows you to fish your baits around all types of cover.

Go to our Weightless Texas Rig page.

Best Baits on a Weightless Rig

You can use a variety of baits with a weightless rig, but here are some of the best.


Skirted Twin Tail Grubs

Lizards & Creatures

Creature Baits



Soft Plastic Leeches

Minnows & Jerkbaits

Soft Plastic Minnows & Jerkbaits

Crayfish Baits

Crayfish Baits



Curly Tail Worms

Finesse Worms

Floating Worms

Fork Tail Worms

Paddle Tail Worms


Wacky Worms

Live or Natural Baits

You can use any live or natural bait on a weightless rig.  The fish would obviously have to be in the shallows or very high in the water column for this technique to work.  Take a look at our fishing with live bait section to learn more about these baits.


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