How to ‘Texas Rig’ a Soft Plastic Fishing Lure

Last time I was talking about rigging for fish, I had the “Average Fisherman” show how to do the Carolina Rig

Today, I’d like to show the Texas Rig (in East Texas, it’s called “draggin.'”  This is an adaptation of the Carolina Rig.



Texas Draggin’ Rig

This almost 3 minute video leaves out a few things I’d like to mention.

  • a 1-ounce bullet sinker (instead of the flat, stone-looking  one on the Carolina Rig)
  • a large glass bead (red is nice and obvious)
  • 20 lb mono or 30 lb Spectra line
  • tying onto a size 10 barrel swivel
  • a 3 foot, 12 lb. mono leader
  • plastic choices: lizard, worm or crawworm

Inquiring Minds Want to Know!

Why a glass bead?

It keeps the sinker from damaging the knot and provides a nice clicking sound.

Why use a lighter leader than the weight of the line?

If the hook gets snagged, you have a better chance of not losing the whole rig.

Keep an eye on the mud/grit/sand/whatever comes up around the top of your bullet sinker.  Why?

If your sinker’s hole is bringing up mud, the area is too soft for bass.   They prefer a sandy bottom!


Give them both a try; let me know which one works better for your situation!


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‘Carolina Rigging’ vs. ‘Texas Dragging’

The Carolina Rig

This is a 2-part blog on two slightly different techniques of catching fish. Decades ago, the ‘Carolina Rig’ was created in South Carolina.   Locally, it was a popular way of catching fish, especially bass.

In 1991, along came Jim Nolan — to the Texas BASSMASTER Tournament at Sam Rayburn Lake.  With this clever technique, he caught a record-breaking 86.6 pounds of fish!

Nolan gave all the credit to his Carolina-rigged lizard.

How to Make One

If a picture is worth a 1000 words, how much is a video worth?  This quick video from the “Average Fisherman” makes the concept easier to understand.



This is a great way to catch bottom feeding fish.

Next time, I’ll explain the adaptation: the Texas Dragging Rig.


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Trout Fishing: Catching Stocked Trout

There’s something magical about making your own fishing tackle.  However, I’m all for ‘easy.’

The Camden Crunch

The author shows how to make a lightweight fly for catching stocked

The Author's 'Camden Crunch' is Much More Realistic than These! Take a Look!

trout, which he says aren’t as sharp as their wilder cousins.

What I like:  the photos leave nothing to wonder about — the descriptions and photos offer a complete lesson in making clever baits for your next fishing trip.

Try them in a variety of colors!

The Camden Crunch!


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