A slip sinker and soft-plastic lure are an odd couple on a Texas rig. While the sinker plunges for the bottom, the plastic bait either attempts to remain on the surface or falls at its own pace.
The heavier worm weight always wins this tug of war, but the gap between the two components sometimes causes problems for anglers. The solution to unifying these two and turning a Texas rig into a single unit is to peg the weight with a toothpick or some other device to prevent it from sliding up and down the line.
The pegging concept has been used for years, but fishing pressure and the need to present lures with a natural-looking descent has convinced some anglers to let their slip sinker slide and the worm free fall behind it. The decision on whether or not to peg a weight is based on personal preference in many applications, but there are certain circumstances when you should resort to a pegged sinker.
When fishing real heavy cover you need to peg your sinker to keep your weight close to the lure as it falls through the cover. An unpegged sinker falls away from the lure and sometimes the lure will hang on a limb or piece of grass while the weight keeps sinking. So you want to keep the bait as one unit to penetrate the cover.
Pegging a sinker works to your advantage when flipping to weeds or skipping your lure under obstacles. A sinker can work as a break to slow down a skipping lure if it isn’t pegged snug to the bait. By pegging the sinker to the plastic bait, it insures that your lure will glide across the surface with the streamlined nose section of the bullet weight leading the way.
A pegged weight also allows you to deliver a compact Texas-rigged bait through the tangles of flooded buck brush. The fine limbs of buck brush act like a springboard, so when you pitch into there, it bounces the lure back to you. If your slip sinker isn’t pegged, it wraps around the buck brush and you are hung up. Then you ruin your line, shake the cover too much and miss out on the big bass that you’ve been looking for all day. Whereas if the sinker is pegged the lure goes in as a single unit and you catch that fish.
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