Summer Texas Rigs for HUGE Bass! | Bass Fishing

Summer Texas Rigs for HUGE Bass! | Bass Fishing

Glenn: There we go. There we go. That’s a good fish. Well, okay. You can net him. There we go. There we go. That works. Female: Take your photograph… Glenn: Hey folks. Glenn May here with Today, it’s the middle of summer. It’s about 100 degrees out and we’re catching
fish, shallow. We’re fishing them, we’re catching them on
a variety of Texas rigs. And that’s what I want to talk to you about
today is catching fish on Texas rigs during the summer. So I’m gonna walk you through some of the
rigs were using, why we’re using them, and then I’m gonna show you how we’re using them. When you’re out fishing on a day like this,
I really don’t know what I’m going to come across. You can come across lily pads, submerged bushes. You can come across little patches of weeds,
milfoil, hydrilla, downed trees, docks. There’s a whole variety of things, so you
have to be prepared and have a variety of baits with you ready to fish. My wife and I are fishing in two different
ways today. One of the baits that I’m using is this, it’s
the Berkley Powerbait Maxscent Creature Hawg. Look at that. Great little bait. That’s what I’m using. It’s got ribs on the side. It’s got these flappers on here that move
around, vibrate, create some vibrations, and of course, it’s got that Berkeley Powerbait
scent on it that helps attract these fish and it works great. When you’re fishing through all the cover,
you can get the fish’s attention and they’ll bite it. And we also got what my wife is fishing, is
the Berkley King Tail Maxscent Powerbait. Look at this. Look at that thing. That’s some awesome bait. Let me show that to you. Again, it’s got ribs on it for vibration. It’s got this big ribbon tail on the end of
it here. Puts out a lot of vibration and movement and
it’s got the Power Bait Maxscent on it. When the fish bite that they hold on real
tight. It’s great, great for fishing summertime. And you can see she’s got it rigged. She doesn’t have the weight pegged. It’s a 3/8-ounce tungsten weight for this
larger bait. This gets you down into those bushes and some
of those thicker weeds. And then with what I’m fishing, as you can
see a little bit lighter. I’m using a quarter ounce tungsten weight
and I’ve got that pegged here with a Bobber Stopper. We’re using Berkley FireLine, Ultra 8 line
30 pound, which is…look at this, how thin this is. It’s hard for you to even see it at the 30-pound
braid works awesome. I love braided line and this is great for
throwing in the bushes and the trees and in the weeds and horsing those fish out of thick
cover, plus it’s limber enough that I can skip under docks. I can skip it under any type of cover. Maybe if there’s boats that are parked in
the docks or fishing marinas that sort of thing. The line look works really well for that ultra-sensitive. Perfect for these situations. I’ve also got it rigged on a Berkley… Sorry, this is an Abu Garcia. An Abu Garcia SX Reel. I love this reel. It’s a 7.3:1 gear ratio. It has…the thing I really like about it
a lot is the brakes on it, is the drag. It’s 24 pounds of drag on it. That is super, super stout, very strong. Most reels these days come between 12 and
15 pounds of drag. Twenty four pounds of drag on this puppy. So when you’ve got a fish buried up in the
weeds or buried up in that bush brush pile, you can yard them out really well. Boy. Now that Maxscent did its job. He wouldn’t bite it. I had to let it sit there for a while and
let that do its thing and he finally grabbed it. He kept playing with it and playing with and
playing with it though finally, he said, “Yeah that smells good. I think I’ll eat that.” Look at that. Good job. Female: Yeah, nice. Glenn: Yeah, look at that belly. He’s been eating… Female: This side of his mouth looks Weird. Glenn: So let’s talk a little bit about where
to find the fish and how to catch them. You know, in the summertime, especially dog
days of summer, the old thinking is that the fish, they are not even shallow. They go out deep and they sit there on the
outside, main lake points, channels, points, ledges, that sort of thing. And that’s true. You’ll find fish out there doing that. There’s no doubt about it and you can definitely
fish for them. But they don’t all go that way and I really
think that the under fished less pressured fish are the ones that are really shallow. What happens is in the morning and in the
evening and in low light conditions, the fish are up shallow, actively feeding, moving around,
and you can catch them on fast moving bait, and on topwater. So, you know, buzz baits, spinnerbaits, crankbaits,
that sort of thing. But when the sun comes up, bright overhead
just like it is right now, that’s when they bury up deep in this cover. Whether it be weeds, it could be milfoil or
hydrilla, it could be lily pads, something like that. Or they might be in brush pile, submerged
bushes, blogs. Could be some trees that have fallen over
in the lake, even docks, they’ll be up shallow up in there. Why? Because that’s where the baitfish go. A lot of baitfish go in there and cover to
hide from the predators. And wherever the baitfish are, you’ll find
the bass. Really during this time of year, it’s baitfish
is that’s going to position the bass. If the baitfish move, so will the bass. And if the baitfish stay in that area, the
bass are going to stay in that area, too. That’s really important key to remember. They’re not going to be out shallow at 6:00
in the morning and they’re gonna go out there two miles away into a deep ledge in the afternoon. They’re just not gonna swim that far. They’re gonna go where the baitfish, they’re
going to go right up to the closest cover and bury up in there. This is why I really liked this Berkley Creature
Hawg. It’s Kinda got that baitfish profile to it. And one of the things I like to do, I haven’t
done it on this one yet because it’s brand new, but I like to dip the tails and chartreuse
because we’ve got a lot of bluegill around here. Most of the lakes in America do, and fish,
the bass really feed upon bluegill this time of year. So I like to dip the tails in chartreuse dye
to kind of mimic that bluegill look. And I get a lot more bites doing
it that way. Oh, look at that. Okay, Buddy. I got you. You’re not going to believe this at all. You’re not gonna believe this one bit. I have to show this to the camera. He went after it and somehow the line…you
guys aren’t gonna believe this. The Hook is not in his mouth. It’s on his mouth, but it’s not hooked. It wrapped underneath him… Female: You caught him by the gills. Glenn: All the way around. I lassoed him. I lassoed this… Look at this. I can show you. The Hook is…you can see it’s not in his
mouth. Look at this. It’s loose. It came up underneath him and it’s not bleeding,
so I didn’t hurt his gills. I just lassoed him. Is that bizarre or what? I have never ever, ever experienced that in
my life of fishing. And he took my creature bait. I’ll be Dang. Not a big fish, but wow, that is incredible. So what are you gonna do? Are you gonna…you’re fishing all of these
different types of cover, how do you fish it, really? What I like to do is when I get up into this,
especially submerged bushes and brush piles, is I’ll throw up into it, but then I like
to work the bait through really slowly. Kind of crawl my way through it. Just throw it up there. Let the bait fall straight down. Keep in contact with it and then reel up on
it, and you’ve just got your line just nice and tight. So you’ve got a feel for it, but don’t pop
it up or drag it or do a whole lot of quick movements. The fish are a little slow, a little lethargic
this time of year, so you gotta get it right in their face and kind of entice them to bite
it. Sometimes what I’ll do is I’ll get it on a
limb or something on a branch, I’ll just sit there and Jig it. Just Jig that bait. Just pop it, just like that. Just lift it up a little bit, jig it, and
then drop it back down and let it sit for a little bit. And then lift it back up and jig it and pop
it. Just shake it and let it fall right back down
just to get their attention. That’s all you need to do. Then drag it up over that branch and let it
float back down. Slowly crawl through the next little piece
and just work your way through it. Whether it’s a, you know, the different types
of baits you’re using, make sure that presentation works really well. One thing to pay real close attention to is
the position of the fish. This sun, yeah, sure it sticks them in the
weeds, puts them onto the docks, but really the way you got to think about it is not so
much where the sun is, but where is the shade? Because that’s where the baitfish are. That’s where the bass are hiding. So look at the shade and where that is. If you’re on the shady sides of docks, that’s
where you want to cast and fish. If you’ve got a row of docks and there’s one
side sunny outside shady, you can skip all the sunny side part of it and just skip…and
just fish the shady part. It’ll be a lot faster, more efficient as you
go down to lake that way. Here we go. Female: Well he’s digging. Come on baby, where are you? Glenn: I can’t see him. Female: Neither can I. Here he is. Glenn: There we go. Look at that. Female: That’s on my brand new rod, fishing
the first time with FireLine with the brand new Revo. [00:11:35]
[silence] [00:11:51] Glenn: So fishing in the summertime is about
being flexible and versatile. Those fish are going to be in a variety of
different cover and you need to be ready to fish all those different types of things. So this is why I’m rigged up with several
different types of baits and my wife and I will purposely fish different kinds of lures
to see what the fish are hitting, but also we’re ready to change up depending on whatever
cover we go to. I hope those tips help. For more tips and tricks like this, visit

100 thoughts on “Summer Texas Rigs for HUGE Bass! | Bass Fishing

  1. I love fishing a Texas rig! I use the yum christy critter and a zoom trick worm. Have had great luck with those this year.
    Didn't think shallow though. Thanks for the information.

  2. Love the Texas rig. I have problems using braid though. Have a hard time with it not coming through the line guide on the reel fast enough and causing bird nests. Any tips for this? Thanks Glenn

  3. Thanks for another great video, Glenn. Summer is always a tough fishing time for me. Creature baits are my go-to and I enjoyed the tips.

  4. Texas rigged plastics is an awesome way to fish I up until the last couple never really fish the plastics, but after really giving them a good try I have been hooked now I fish them on top and on bottom also in between so I am continuously reaching out to learn more on rigging Technics, so this and many more video that I watch from bass resource has been super helpful

  5. LOVE that you lassoed a bass while fishing "Texas" rigged!

    We have a lot of bluegill here in NH. The bluegill ALSO love chartreuse! As do I. I'll dip my softbaits now in my scent (but it is VERY stanky).

    Question: pegged vs. not pegged. When? Why? I'll take a look since you probably already have a video about this!


  6. Great information on the summer fishing. Just have to do a show on a lake that has no walls, or lilies pads. Just having bushes off the land and also plenty of laydowns from beavers also beaver lodges in the banks with no normal lodges what you use to see a big mound. The water is really stained like coffee with milk color.

  7. so true glenn, walking the banks in summer i see alot of baitfish shallow i'll use split shot on a texas rigged worm or sassy shad & have had great sucess. keep the tips coming thanx!!!

  8. The lake I fish on is not very deep maybe 7-10ft with about 3-4’ of heavy grass would a Texas rigged bait work? Also the ground is very soft and muddy.

  9. Do these baits work well in mucky-bottom waters? We seen to have more "slop" than rocks, trees, or submerged brush here in Wisconsin. Thanks!

  10. Great Video Glenn, I'm glad to see you and your wife having fun, fishing together! pretty cool how you got that flying keep em coming "Cowboy"….

  11. The jiging the bait over a limb technique is something I've done but not on purpose. Bank fishing at a pond I got a worm hung in the V of a limb just below the surface. While trying to work it loose with the worm wiggling all around a nice 4 pounder got it loose for me. Try as I might I couldn't get hung on that limb again. LOL

  12. setting up that 1/4 oz creature bait dipped with 30lb for this weekends event on Lake Seminole. Water temp in 90's love shallow with frog and worm . always looking for bait fish movement..Wow line lassoing fishing a new way to catch fish.. Great job.. Need to do the jiggle and find the shade. Great catch Mrs. Glen . just got my fire line in so here we go

  13. I have a lot of trouble when the water temps get real hot. Texas rig was my go to way to fish plastics for years but for some reason I have gotten away from it. May be it is time to revisit that method.

  14. So is it fair to say you need to slow down your presentation when the water is really hot or is it just if the sun is shining, thanks as always

  15. When the water is hot go big, go slow, go texas rig and get ready to be anahialated , Thanks

  16. Texas Rig is my favorite setup and what I have the most confidence in. It is a versatile setup that I use year around. It's when I slow down and really get focused on fishing that I enjoy about using the Texas rig. Thanks Glenn for another great video.

  17. Love the videos very informative. My question is on the Berkley Creature Bait and scented worm. Any idea on how long the the max scent will last? I guess a better question would be how long will you fish a scented bait before replacing it?

  18. Great video very informative , glad to hear your wife fishes also, I fish with my husband and sons also. Love working the plastics catch a lot of bass on the lakes here in CT with them.

  19. thanks for the information Glenn. I'm surprised the braid didn't cut the bass after it took flight lol. I bet he don't bite for a while after that take off.

  20. Man has it been hot here in Illinois this summer. Thanks for the tips! At this point, I'm ready to try anything.

  21. Thanks for the video. I keep trying Texas rig for various soft plastics and have never had much luck with it.

  22. Texas rug seems to be a lost art anymore! Lassoing is definitely a lost art ! Your wife on the other hand I would like to partner with in a buddy tournament!

  23. Nice video
    Love Texas rigging.
    Catch plenty of fish with it and like you said even in heat of summer it works.

  24. I fish for smallmouths most of the time. I fsh where the creek channel comes close to shore. It drops off 60-100 feet about 100 yards off shore in some spots. If there is any cover in this lake I've yet to see it. Never seen any weeds eighter. It's tough to fish in the heat of summer sometimes.

  25. Huge fan of the berkley power bait. I haven't tried he berkley braid with my texas rigged. I know for sure i will be getting some Kingtail worms!!!

  26. I love flipping Texas Rigs in the middle of the summer. The hotter the better. You can call your shots on where they are going to be at

  27. Texas rig fished slow is hard to beat from late spring to early fall. Awesome tips on the creature baits. Does Fire Line make a high vis yellow braid?

  28. Not too many people can loop their line around a fish to catch it 🙂 I really like the Berkeley Maxscent Creature Hawg and the fish do too.

  29. Great video! I took some of the advise after watching and went out and caught 3 four pounders along the shore of my "go to" spot. One hooked up right as I was pulling the bait out and scared the crap out of me. I am working on "catching" up (no pun intended) on all the videos you have to offer. Keep up the great work!!!

  30. Great info as always! Might want to consider a side career at the rodeo 😁 In the summer the bass aren't much different than us, the shade is your friend!

  31. Good info like always Glenn! I always concentrate on the shaded spots this time of year. P.S., Brian it's Lassoed not "la sowed" (old Team Roper info).

  32. Great info as usual! Thanks for including your wife – good encouragement to get mine on the water more often with me!

  33. I've also lassoed a fish. It was a catfish while using an xrap. Anywho, T rigs are where it's at to catch dog days of summer bass.

  34. Been trying to make myself learn to fish deeper in the Summer heat when I know I can get them shallow. My only problem is that i seem to only find the little ones. Thoughts?


  36. I own two of those Abu Garcia 4 SX's and for some odd reason i can't get the side spool tensioner to come off. It will unscrew no further and it won't come off. I don't want to have to yank it off at the end. I shouldn't have to. Anybody know what the trick is to getting them off so you can oil the bearing? I love the look and the longer handles.

  37. Thanks for another informative video Glen. That bass was pretty tied up. I like using my Missile D Bomb creatures when I am Texas rigging.

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