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Okay so first off I would like to say that I am still relatively inexperienced in the great sport of angling. Last year I began learning to drag tube baits when I found a bunch of them in my uncles tacklebox. I was intrigued and decided to rig them the way they are normally rigged on a tube jig head by sticking them through and popping the eye out. I had quite a bit of luck this way and even landed a solid 4pnd 12oz smallmouth! my pb smallmouth. When I did research online I realized I however seem to be the only one who has fished these baits on a BALL HEAD JIG like this:http://www.junebugtackle.com/jig-head-cannon-ball.php as opposed to a TUBE bait jig head like this:http://www.sportsmanswarehouse.com/sportsmans/Troutsmen-Jig-Head-Tube-Head/productDetail/Jig-Heads/prod9999008466/cat101088 , my question is, is the ball head jig hindering the action of the bait and would I have better luck with a tube jig head? THANK YOU!

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You can fish them any way you like. I fish them with the weight on the outside with a hook like these. They snag a lot less.

 

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You can fish them any way you like. I fish them with the weight on the outside with a hook like these. They snag a lot less.

 

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Not to derail this topic...but just one quick question. That hook you show...do you use it for flukes also? I tried it but my flukes keep running upside down. I love that weighted style hook but can't keep my flukes running hook up. They turn upside with the hooking pointing down into the ware not skyward. What am I doing wrong? Feel free to pm me so I don't disturb the OP. thanks!

Btw, the few times I've used tubes I've fished them with a ball head jig. Worked well for me. Also, on my Canada trips our fishing guide used tubes on ball jigs as well for walleye jigging.

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I think you could stuff just about any kind of jig head into a tube and expect to get bit after a while.  I know guys that even shove a football head in there to get that fat head look like a goby.   If I were you I'd look into the traditional tapered tube head for dragging purposes.   Personally I feel the 90º head is best and I will use a 3/8 ounce head in most conditions.

 

 

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I agree with wnybassman. And if you want to created the same effect with a more weedless presentation, try these:

 

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They are put inside the tube and then an off-set worm hook is inserted like this:

 

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There are also other pre-rigged internal tube options such as this:

 

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There is really no "wrong" way to fish a tube, as long as you put the thing in front of a bass! :)

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If you are catching fish then that is all that matters.  Like everything else in fishing experiment and see what you prefer.  I personally use the gitzit heads and tubes.

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If you are catching fish then that is all that matters.  Like everything else in fishing experiment and see what you prefer.  I personally use the gitzit heads and tubes.

What he said, if you are catching fish why change anything?  If you feel you think you are missing out, try the standard tube head jig.  But imo if it works, don't fix it! I use BPS brand tube jig heads. I've also put them on flipping jigs, caught a lot of large mouth bass on them. 

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The reason I use internal tube heads is for the spiral on the fall. You can adjust this by changing how far forward or back you pop the eye out of the tube.

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