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1.) What makes you determine what size weight to use for a Texas rig??


2.) Does your answer also apply to jigs??
 

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Use the lightest weight that will get the job done. ( Depends what kind of cover / structure you are fishing )

I will start out with light weight and if I am not getting it to where it needs to be ( or where I think it needs to be,) I will increase the weight.
 

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Texas Bass Pro said:
1.) What makes you determine what size weight to use for a Texas rig??
I agree with Rodney and Keith but I will also let the water temperature determine my starting point. If the water is cold, I will start with 1/32 or 1/16. As it warms I will start with 1/8. When the water gets to summer temps, I will move up to 3/16. This is of course assuming I am not fishing in 20 feet of water or in current. And of course from my starting point I will adjust if the fish arent hitting well.

Texas Bass Pro said:
2.) Does your answer also apply to jigs??
Well sorta it does but for a jig, I will always start with 3/8th oz. I dunno why but thats just what I always do. I feel comfortable with it and i have used it successfully in muddy water, stained water, clear water, warm, cold, current, deep and shallow both down here in the south and up north in PA and New England.
 

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I don't use a lot of different Texas rigged worms and tend to balance the weight to line, hook and worm size: 7" to 8" worms; 10-14# fluoro, 3/0 EWG hook and 3/16 oz weight, 10" to 16" worms; 14-17# fluoro, 5/0 EWG hook. Smaller worms I fish either drop or slip shot.
Jigs I tend to use the larger size premium hooks; 1/16 - 1/8 darts 1/0, 3/16 - 1/4 ball head 3/0, 3/8 - 3/4 football or stand up head 5/0.
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Your line size will dictate what size weight you can get away with. Also how deep you are fishing. I agree with the above with both jigs and weights the lighter the weight the better the feel.
 
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