Hey, folks, Glenn May here with BassResource. com. And today, I want to talk to you about choosingline for Texas rigs. Now, there’s a whole variety of applicationsyou can use Texas rigs for. So, for me, it breaks down to basically fourdifferent types and that is: finesse fishing,your regular Texas rig fishing which mostpeople are associated with throwing out inkind of sparse cover and docks and just Texasrigging different plastics to avoid them fromgetting hung up, there’s the flipping andpitching setup for heavy cover, and there’sthe punching setup, which is heavy-duty stuff. So, let me go through the different linesthat I chose for those different setups startingwith finesse. So, for this finesse setup, you know, Texasrigs for baits such as like this, kudos foranybody who knows what that bait is, but that’snice in Texas rig. What that does is, for real finesse type,this is split-shot rig that I’m using. That’s the weight I used on it. This is for the real slow bite, real softand subtle. The fish have a lot of time to examine thisbait and to look at it and, of course, toexamine your line too. And typically, I’m fishing this in clear water. It’s open, there’s not a whole lot of coverinvolved, you’re not gonna get snagged upin a lot of stuff, maybe it’s a little rocky. So, for those type of situations, I’m usingthe light line. This is a light wire hook. It’s only a 1/0 hook, thin wire, so you canoverpower it if you’re using braid. These thin wire hooks aren’t gonna. . . Well, let’s put it this way. You need your system to match. If it’s a thin wire hook and you’ve got alot of strong lines, strong rod, you’ve gotdrag set down, then that weakest link is yourhook and you’re gonna bend it. And this is true for all these different setups I’m gonna tell you. It’s really dependent upon that hook thatyou’re using. You wanna make sure that you don’t bend thathook out. So, in this case, since it’s a real thin wirehook, light situation, I’m looking at 6 pound,maybe up to 10 pound, but 6-pound line iswhat I’d like to use, either fluorocarbon,I like Seaguar Finesse fluorocarbon line,or I’ll use copolymer line. And the real difference is, if I’m using fluorocarbon,if I’m really looking for that real subtlebite, I’m trying to keep the bait up off thebottom, say for example, in a drop shot situation,that sort of thing. I’m using fluorocarbon for that real sensitivebite. If the fish are hitting it right on the fall,right away, then I don’t need that sensitiveof a line so I may use copolymer in that instance. But, that’s typically what I’m using, 6 to8-pound fluorocarbon or copolymer line. You can use mono as well, if you want. Mono’s got nice stretch qualities to it, whichworks when you’re fighting a fish back inthis situation. So that’s finesse. So, the other one, and the next one, is Texasrig, your standard Texas rig. Which what I mean by standard?As you’re looking at your 7-foot, medium heavypower rod with a fast action tip. This is your, you know, typical Swiss armyknife of bass fishing. If you don’t have a medium-heavy, 7-foot rod,you need to get one because you can throwall kinds of baits with it. And in this case, we’re talking Texas rig. So, with this, you can throw it in a varietyof situations and what I prefer to do hereis throw this in sparse cover, you know, scatteredcover, scattered weeds, lily pads, patchesof milfoil, patches of hydrilla, throw itaround docks, logs, scattered bushes thatare flooded, variety of things. It’s somewhat open but, you know, the fishare hiding in the cover and I’m gonna be throwingto that. So, for that, I’d like to use 30-pound braid,typically. Sometimes, I’d like to use Seaguar braid,that’s one of my preferred ones. And this one, what I’m doing here today, isI’ve been fishing this Berkley Creature Hawg,this is the MaxScent Creature Hawg, whichI really like. And I’ve been throwing it in open water, likeyou see behind me. I’ve been fan casting it. So, I want greater distance. So, in that case, I’m using FireLine Ultra8, FireLine 30-pound test because it castsreally far. And I’m just, you know, throwing it to 1:00to 2:00, 3:00, I’m just fan casting, coveringwater. These fish are out on flats, out in scatteredbushes, out in deeper water. So just covering it that way is a great wayto throw it. This Berkley FireLine works really well ifyou throw them around docks. I’m throwing around open weeds, that sortof thing. If I’m throwing around a whole lot of rocks,if it’s just or mostly rocks, then I kindashy away from the braided lines. I tend to use more fluorocarbon in that instance. Braid tends to get scuffed up more, believeit or not, in rocks. As abrasion resistant as they are, they tendto get all scuffed up in rocks. So, I like to use fluorocarbon or copolymer,or maybe even mono line in those situations. About 30-pound test is about all I need inthose situations. So, moving on up, now we’re gonna go in theflipping and pitching set up. And for those. . . I’ll get that in there. For those, I like to get a little bit moreheavy duty. In that case, I’m using a heavy power rodwith a fast tip. I’m using it here, 7’4″ to 7’6″ rod. But for the line, now I’m using Seaguar SmackdownBraid, it’s a 50-pound test, that’s what I’llgo for. And for these situations, now I’m throwingit in flooded brush, flooded timber. I’m throwing it in heavy cover where the fish,you gotta dig ’em out, dig ’em out of thosethicker weeds, that sort of thing. You’ve got to have the power of the rod, you’vegot to have the power of the braid, and ofcourse, now with the hook, instead of usingthat 1/0 thin wire hook like I was using infinesse and with the previous setup, I mightbe using a 2/0 to 3/0 standard sized hook. Here I’m using a 3/0 Superline hook is whatthey call them or a flipping hook. It’s a thick wire hook. Again, you want that hook to stand up forthe power that you’re throwing. So, you need to have a hook that can standup to it. This rod doesn’t flex much. You can see it just flexes right towards theend, and that’s it. It’s a pretty stiff rod because you’re gonnabe throwing on this heavy stuff. So that’s what I use for standard flippingand pitching, 50-pound braid. It works great for these situations. Now, the fourth kind, which I don’t have hookedup today because I’m not throwing in it. But that’s for fishing punching. Now, punching is a little bit different. Punching your fishing in those big vast matsof weed. It’s either hydrilla or milfoil that’s toppedover, and it’s just a big mat. You got to get that lowered down through thatthick mat of weeds and there’s big fish underneathit. You’ve got to haul them out typically withseveral pounds of weeds wrapped around them. It’s a heavy load. You need some stiff hard equipment for that. So, with that, I’m using a heavy, heavy actionor heavy, heavy power rod, usually a 7’11”,something that stout. I’m using again a 3/0 to 4/0 stout flippinghook. And for that, for the braid, no less than65-pound braid is what I’m using. The Seaguar Smackdown works really well forthat. A lot of guys like to go for 80, 85-poundbraid. I think that’s a little stiff for me, butthat’s all right. You know, it’s your personal preference, whatyou feel most comfortable with. The idea here is you’re putting about a 3/4to an 1 1/2oz bullet weight in the front,and you’re throwing a bait that’s just likethis. It’s streamlined. So, it will go through those weeds and it’skind of a bullet shape, if you can see that,which is perfect for going through those weedsand the fish are underneath it. You hook on to them that 65-poung braid. That’s what you’re gonna need to haul thosefish out. So, those are the different setups I use,those are the different kind of lines I use. There’s no absolute in fishing. There’s no right or wrong. So, if you don’t fish it that way, you havea different way of doing it, and it worksgreat for you, do it. It’s all about confidence. But those are what I use. If you’re trying to figure out, like, youstart now and you’re not sure which way togo, that’s the way I do it. Watch some other YouTube videos if you wantto get an idea of what you wanna start with. But that kinda gives you a starting pointto figure out the different types of linesto use for the different kinds of cover andset up that you’re fishing. Hope that helps. For more tips and tricks like these, visitBassResource. com.