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Fishing Tubes For Bass - How And When?

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  I'm going into my second year of fishing.  Last year I didn't use any tubes I kept hearing and keep hearing how good tubes are for bass.  

 

 So this year I want to start using tubes.  I picked up some Yum F2 tubes this evening.  I got out my 4/0 and 5/0 hooks and these tubes being four inch seem like 5/0 WG hooks are perfect for these tubes.  I can't wait to try them out.  I also have a big box of Bass Pro Shops soft plastics and it came with some tubes too and they look nice.  

 

 Anyway, is spring a good time to use tubes?  What about pre-spawn and during the spawn?  Do you use bullet weights with your tubes?  I tried one of my Bass Pro Shops tube a few weeks ago (no bites) with a bullet weight and it was more heavy than I expected.  Are tubes heavy enough to be used without bullet weights? 

 

Finally, how do you work your tubes when going for bass?  

 

Thanks!

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Most people drag tubes on the bottom with some sort of jig head.  I prefer to fish them weightless and dead stick them like a senko.  The unweighted tube will glide and spiral like a dying baitfish.  The unweighted tube will also skip really well and mimic a baitfish jumping on the surface fleeing predator.  

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I love throwing tubes in the spring. I usually fish them on a 1/4 oz bullet weight and drag it super slow on the bottom. Especially in the really cold water, I will sometimes have 3-5 minute casts. When it comes to the spawn a small weightless tube on a bed is really good. The slow fall drives the bass crazy. Also, you might try dropshotting a small tube or craw type plastic on beds. It may seem weird at first but works really well.

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I fish tubes all year and in all conditions. Ive always felt it can be very versatile no matter what type of cover or structure you are fishing. I rig them on a tube jig. 

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I Texas rig my tubes with Trokar tube hooks, and a 3/16 tungsten weight.

I also like to put them on a 1/4oz shakey head with a glass rattle inserted into the tube.

On Lake Erie I use a 1/2oz or 3/4oz tube jig (bite me big head) and drag them along the bottom.

I use them year round.

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