How to Rig a Fishing Pole

Updated February 21, 2017

The day has broken bright and calm. It is already getting hot outside. The sun is above the glistening water of the lake. The water is teeming with bass. What could be better than fishing on such a day? You have your rods, tackle and bait. Now, it's time to rig up for a great day of angling.

Select the rod you will use. For large mouth bass fishing a 6 foot casting rod with medium heavy action works well. Pair it with a low profile bait casting reel loaded with 4.54kg. test monofilament line.

Tie on an offset 4/0 worm hook on to the end of the fishing line with no weight attached. You will only need to add weight when casting into water 10 feet or deeper.

Insert head of worm hook into a 7-inch soft plastic ribbon tail worm. Push the worm head up to the offset of the hook. Then insert the curved portion of the hook into the body of the worm so that the worm hangs straight. Choose like colours for clear water and darker colours for stained water.

Work the worm with a slow steady retrieve by pulling the worm through the water slowly. You only want to move fast enough to make the tail spin to mimic a living creature.

Cast to shore line cover, lay downs, rocky points and rip-rap (reservoir rocks that keep soil from eroding) with your newly rigged pole.

Use a "Texas rig" when fishing for bass in deeper waters by attaching a bullet shaped weight to your line prior to attaching the worm. Use a 1/4 to 12 oz weight for depths of 10 to 15 feet or a 21.3gr to 28.4gr weight when fishing in depths of 20 to 40 feet.

Experiment with different types of plastic worms and weights as you become adept at rigging your pole. This will aid you in catching different sized bass under various conditions. Practice casting and slowly dragging your lure through the water at different points in the lake for best results.


Decrease the speed in which you pull the worm through the water if you are not getting any strikes on your lure.

Peg your weight to keep it in place right above the worm by inserting the end of a toothpick into the tip of the weight so that it presses on the line. Break off the toothpick so that only the end remains in the weight.


Don't rush when first learning to rig your line as you want to avoid "hooking" your fingers.

Things You'll Need

  • Casting rod
  • Monofilament line
  • Worm hook
  • Plastic lures
  • Bullet shaped weights
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