Getting Innovative With Your Tube Baits
A hollow piece of plastic with a series of tentacle-like tails at the end is such a simple bass fishing bait, but has become many anglers standby plastic bait, because it is versatile and it catches bass!
The tube bait is versatile because it can be retrieved and fished in many different ways and depending on how you fish it; it will look and be perceived by the bass as a different kind of forage. With one bait, you can mimic just about anything that bass feed on through any level of the water column.
With this bait, there are many ways to rig it, on a Texas or Carolina rig, finesse hooked on a drop shot or with a jig head up inside it. With all these ways to rig it, there are some very innovative products on the market that allow your tube bait to go high tech and be even more effective.
When fishing open water many anglers will stuff a jig head up inside their tube and make long casts and drag their bait along the lake bottom, commonly over and around rock structure.
There are many tube jigs available; the one that I have used and developed a liking for is the Bite Me Big Dude Goby Head. Why do I like this head? It is big and creates a big profile for smallmouth to key in on and helps trigger those bigger fish into biting. When it comes to weight selection, I’ll go with a ½ oz head the majority of the time as it allows me to make long casts and stay in contact with the bottom.
Flipping a Texas-rigged tube is one of my standby set up’s and there is a good chance that one will always be rigged on the deck of my Ranger. Keeping your tube properly rigged is important because it will keep the bait compact in the water.
Using a specific hook for tubes aids in this and also when small bass pull at the tails of your tube, a tube hook will keep the bait in place. This decreases the time you have to re-rig your tube and more time fishing. This is why I rig all of my tubes on the TroKar TK190 Tube Hook, which features a plastic barb near the hook eye, which keeps your tube properly rigged all the time.
Being that a tube bait is hollow, this allows an angler some options that they don’t have with other soft plastic baits, meaning you can shove stuff up into the hollow cavity. The primary item that I always insert into my tube is a rattle. A rattle will catch a bass’s attention and in many situations sound like a crayfish to a hungry bass. The tube rattle I like to use is made by RC Tackle and features a flange at the bottom, so it will stay up inside your bait and not slide out.
The tube bait is a great bait for any bass fisherman, from dragging tubes on the Great Lakes for sumo smallmouth bass or flipping vegetation for big ole’ giant largemouth bass, the tube can do it!
Glenn has been fishing tournaments for over ten years, spreading his passion and knowledge of the sport via articles and videos. He keeps busy fishing events across Minnesota and on the Mississippi River. Glenn’s sponsors include: Bass Boat Technologies, Ducky Products, Humminbird, Mercury Marine, Minn Kota, Plano, Rayjus, Seaguar, Simms, Snag Proof, The Rod Glove, TroKar, War Eagle Custom Lures, Witch Doctor Tackle, Wright & McGill and Zoom Baits. For more information check out glennwalkerfishing.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/glennwalkerfishing.
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