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See Jeff Sprague's specific rod, reel, line and lure setups for fishing both Texas Rigs and Wacky Rigs this spring.
It’s springtime and Jeff Sprague loves to fish a Texas Rig and Wacky Rig on the Lew’s HyperMag Spinning Reel. Although they are similar techniques, there are subtle differences in each set-up than can help you fish each rig more efficiently.
For a Texas Rig, Jeff likes to use a lighter tungsten weight between 1/8-1/16oz. He spools the Lew’s HyperMag Spinning Reel with 15# Strike King Tour Grade Braided Line and will use 10# Strike King Fluorocarbon Line for the leader. The fluorocarbon leader has no stretch which prevents fish from seeing the braided line, this is important, especially in clearer water. He uses a Strike King KVD Finesse Worm on a size three worm hook. To finish out the set-up, Jeff prefers a 7’ medium heavy rod because it has more backbone and allows him to hook the fish better.
The Wacky Rig is fished a little slower than the Texas rig but is similarly set-up. Jeff will downsize his line and will spool his Lew’s HyperMag Spinning Reel with 10# Strike King Tour Grade Braided Line using an 8# Strike King Fluorocarbon Line leader. He rigs this line to a wacky worm hook which has a small mono leader on it to help keep it from getting hung up. However, he will use a 7’ medium action rod for the wacky set-up since he is using lighter line. Like with the Texas Rig, a Strike King KVD Finesse Worm works great wacky style also. “This is what I’m throwing in open water or when I am fishing around cover and want a slow rate of fall. Again, the Lew’s HyperMag Reel is key because I can skip, pitch and flip it into areas where other guys can’t get to,” says Jeff. Both of these techniques are a way to catch a lot of fish in the springtime no matter what part of the country you’re in.
Again, the HyperMag reel is key because I can skip, pitch and flip into areas where other guys can’t get with other reels. The drag system is set up for big fish. More fish, more bites, more fun. Spring is here which means it is time to get out and fish.