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In its standard form, the classic Texas rig employs a bullet-style weight to escort the bait through cover, to sink it to the desired depth (often the bottom), and to enable optimal casting distance. Bassmaster Elite Series pro Jeff Kriet is a big fan of this rig, but he knows that properly managing his weight requires situational adjustments.

The pivotal element here is the a modest piece of rubber known generically as a “stopper.” Slipped onto the fishing line before the bullet weight, the stopper replaces the old-school method of pegging the weight with the end of a toothpick, hence the more common term—“peg.”

Kriet offers three methods for pegging Texas rigs:

1. Peg Tightly
When he’s flipping heavy cover, such as thick laydowns and dense weeds, Kriet wants his rig moving as one streamlined unit. Snugging his weight onto the hook and sliding the peg right on top minimizes hangups and allows his bait to move efficiently in and out of the target zone.

2. Peg Loosely
If he’s flipping into cover that’s less dense, where hangups are less of a concern, spacing his peg about a half inch off the weight allows better bait mobility in the more forgiving habitat.

3. Lose the Peg
If he’s casting a Texas rig, Kriet goes peg-free. This allows for bait and weight separation, which enhances the presentation when crawling over logs and other bottom structure.