Creature Bait 101 - Best 3 Ways to Rig ‘Em
3. Shaky Head Let’s take this well known finesse tactic to the next level by adding a heavier weight head, and a creature bait like the Strike King Rage Bug. Using this rig as a “power fishing” technique by hopping or swimming the bait (almost like a jig) is an efficient way to cover lots of different water!
2. Carolina Rig This is probably one of the most straightforward riggings for open water fishing. You have a straight shank hook with a split shot 12-18 inches above the bait. This is an extremely effective system that when rigged well, allows great movement in the appendages of different creature baits! I like fishing a bait with lots of dangling appendages, and paddles that wiggle or flutter. One downside to the system, is that it is often much more difficult to fish a Carolina rig in tight places, or in tight cover. A small downside however, to a great rig for a creature bait.
1. Texas Rig (T-Rig) Perhaps the “king” when it comes to rigging creature baits, the Texas rig (or t-rig) is, and has been, a staple in the bass fishing world since its inception. Both pegged and unpegged techniques are simple and effective in drawing eager bass in to commit. I like a 4/0 EWG with a larger Strike King Rage Bug in green pumpkin as a primary bait I have tied on almost all year.
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