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So I’m just learning to how to tube fish and have watched a ton of videos. I’m having an issue with my weights and bait getting rigged. The head of my jig head doesn’t pop out of the bait like I have saw on so many videos. Does it matter if it actually stick out of tube or just breaks the surface and I can tie into it? 

I would upload pictures but it won’t allow me to cause of sizing issues 

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I know you said you've watched videos, but this one shows exactly how to rig it on a jighead.  Specifically, the first and last example show you the two methods to rig it on a jighead, depending on the style of the jighead.

 

 

 

 

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If you're using a regular internal tube jig only the line tie should come through the tube so that you can tie onto it. The jig head stays inside the tube. Sounds like you're doing it right to me. There are many different ways to rig a tube though.

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They have a weight that goes in the hollow tube and then you Texas rig through the weight and weedless.  I used it years ago and it worked well.  Hollow tubes were a big deal 20 years ago.  Great old school bait.

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Unless the tube you're rigging is thick walled, the line tie should stick out. On some tubes you have to push back and forth to get it to pop through.  A little tip if you don't mind. use tubes with a lot of salt in the plastic and rig it from the front instead of running the jig up the tube.  You'll end up tearing up the area around the entry hole a bit, but that actually is a plus because it releases more salt.  It's also the easiest way to re-rig rather than cutting the jig off and retying.

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You need the right jig hook, if it's a round ball jig head, the eyelet and the arm won't be long enough to puncture through the plastic tube wall. There are specially designed teardrop shaped tube hooks available in 1/8 oz all the way to 1 oz, with the most common sizes 1/8, 1/4 and 1/2. I'm just guessing if you are internally rigging these, you may be using the wrong jig head, because anything designed for tubes will work well ....and actually I agree the popularity of tubes is not what it was just 10 years ago, but when presented right, they are still very effective, especially on the Great Lakes 

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17 hours ago, Dan C said:

So I’m just learning to how to tube fish and have watched a ton of videos. I’m having an issue with my weights and bait getting rigged. The head of my jig head doesn’t pop out of the bait like I have saw on so many videos. Does it matter if it actually stick out of tube or just breaks the surface and I can tie into it? 

I would upload pictures but it won’t allow me to cause of sizing issues 

I just need the eye to punch through the plastic to tie on to it. Then after tying it on the plastic. The plastic will close on the eye and the jig will sink back down.  All you really see is just the line entering the top of the tube. This works for me. 

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Tube lures are good for river smallmouth bass. You can use weighted tube hooks to keep it closer to the bottom and hook the tube weedless.

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