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#11411984 - 02/13/16 02:06 PM Belly weighted hook vs Texas rig
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What plastic lures work better with a belly weighted hook instead of a Texas rig setup?

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#11411993 - 02/13/16 02:16 PM Re: Belly weighted hook vs Texas rig [Re: Wirebender]
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Swim bait or a fluke at times.
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#11411998 - 02/13/16 02:20 PM Re: Belly weighted hook vs Texas rig [Re: Wirebender]
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I use belly weighted hooks often but only for swimbaits. Something that you want to "swim" back and remain in an upright position. It would work but I never fish other plastics(worms, creature baits...) on a weighted belly hook. This is why so many are actually called "weighted swimbait hooks".
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#11412024 - 02/13/16 02:35 PM Re: Belly weighted hook vs Texas rig [Re: Wirebender]
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I have fooled many a big bass putting a Zoom Trick worm on a 1/16 oz. belly weighted hook; because it spirals downward and not straight down. I like to use this technique in the big river trees during the summer when they are suspended at about 10 ft. in the trees.
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#11412028 - 02/13/16 02:37 PM Re: Belly weighted hook vs Texas rig [Re: Donald Harper]
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Originally Posted By: Donald Harper
I have fooled many a big bass putting a Zoom Trick worm on a 1/16 oz. belly weighted hook; because it spirals downward and not straight down. I like to use this technique in the big river trees during the summer when they are suspended at about 10 ft. in the trees.

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#11412232 - 02/13/16 05:00 PM Re: Belly weighted hook vs Texas rig [Re: Wirebender]
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Don,
I was actually wondering about using the belly weighted hook on a Zoom ultravibe speed worm, or mag size and swimming it....what do you think?

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#11412246 - 02/13/16 05:06 PM Re: Belly weighted hook vs Texas rig [Re: Wirebender]
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Craws, such as the Rage Craw, work great on belly weighted hooks. In fact, rigging a craw this way is known as the Rage Rig. Have used it for several years and it works great.

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#11412278 - 02/13/16 05:18 PM Re: Belly weighted hook vs Texas rig [Re: Wirebender]
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Originally Posted By: Wirebender
Don,
I was actually wondering about using the belly weighted hook on a Zoom ultravibe speed worm, or mag size and swimming it....what do you think?


There is a place for everything in time. We wracked the bass on ultravibe worms once. I have used it and used it during all the same conditions to repeat and have never done any good. I like fishing baits that I know produces every time I put it in front of a fish. Then if I am not getting bit you can rest assured there are no fish there. There is something about that tail. More times than not the fish will not bite it unless it is laying dead still and soaking.

Baits that I throw on the weighted hooks:
- Small swim baits
- Trick worms for pitching
- Flukes for pitching
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#11412545 - 02/13/16 07:49 PM Re: Belly weighted hook vs Texas rig [Re: Wirebender]
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VMC has something new out, if there really is such a thing, and it is called a Gliding Jig. Two sizes and two shape blades are available: 1/8 and 3/16 oz. . . . and a willow leaf or a wider Oklahoma blade. The blade or spoon is available in several colors and I think the hook attached to it is a 2/0.

Anyway, you are supposed to use a small plastic (or throw the thing naked) and a fluke with a paddle tail or just a small worm will do. if you use something too large it'll ruin the interesting fall.

So, like a fluke with a keel weighting, it just adds another wrinkle to the many things fish may be attracted to on any given day. It darts around looks sort of like a slalom skier going down a mountain and weaving. And, depending on the color, it is flashy like a spoon.

The best action I have created, by far, is using a small 3" fluke with a paddle tail.

It would be on the finesse side of swimbait fishing, for sure, and it can be popped off the bottom repeatedly and worked sort of like a weightless worm.

I've only used it once and it was the only bass I caught that day. Even my drop shot failed me.

I'll give it a go tomorrow.

Anyway, another weight, a blade is this instance, to work a plastic through the water.

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#11413512 - 02/14/16 11:31 AM Re: Belly weighted hook vs Texas rig [Re: Wirebender]
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I typically use swimbaits and flukes on belly weighted hooks, but I'll throw a craw or a tube on hooks where the weight is toward the eye of the hook. For everything else I throw a regular Texas rig.
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#11413674 - 02/14/16 01:38 PM Re: Belly weighted hook vs Texas rig [Re: Wirebender]
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Somebody should make a belly weighted flipping hook.
Mister Twister makes a belly weighted straight shank, but never seen a belly weighted flipping hook.
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#11413719 - 02/14/16 02:19 PM Re: Belly weighted hook vs Texas rig [Re: collincountytx]
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Originally Posted By: collincountytx
Somebody should make a belly weighted flipping hook.
Mister Twister makes a belly weighted straight shank, but never seen a belly weighted flipping hook.


The problem with that would be passing the plastic over the weighted part of the hook would likely tear it up so bad, the bait keeper on the hook wouldn't hold it.
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#11414278 - 02/14/16 08:13 PM Re: Belly weighted hook vs Texas rig [Re: SteezMacQueen]
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Originally Posted By: SteezMacQueen
Originally Posted By: collincountytx
Somebody should make a belly weighted flipping hook.
Mister Twister makes a belly weighted straight shank, but never seen a belly weighted flipping hook.


The problem with that would be passing the plastic over the weighted part of the hook would likely tear it up so bad, the bait keeper on the hook wouldn't hold it.
Saw Lance Vick address this same thing. Make a hole with the hook point through the nose or front of the bait. Then pull point out and then push eyelet backwards through the hole you made in the nose. Keeps you from shoving larger weights through your hole in the nose. You do though have to have line off hook though. Not a big deal to those who claim to retie on every fish or so. Me? I'm going with the attached screw-lock type bait keepers.


Edited by 361V (02/15/16 07:09 AM)
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#11414308 - 02/14/16 08:25 PM Re: Belly weighted hook vs Texas rig [Re: Wirebender]
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Man. I don't retie as often as I should. Maybe every 10-12'bass. That could be days between retying. Lol

Flipping I might retie every 2-3 bass. Unfortunately, my baits usually only last one fish. Lol.
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