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Rigging some Tubes?

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finally bought a bunch of tubes, if anyone can tell me a few ways to rig them like exactly how you guys do it, that would really help, and also is the texas rigged tube with a bullet weight work well, and would you expose the hook slightly out of the tube on this rig or keep it inside the body? Thanks jon

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I like to texas rig mine with the smallest bullet weight I can find, usually about 1/16 or 1/8 ounce. If the tube will sink on its own then I go weightless.

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I use tubes t-rigged, pegged and unpegged. Very versatile bait, I use them mostly on bedding fish and for smallmouth in the river.

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tubes are great lures. the best allaround lure in my mind. youcan almost alway count on catching fish when using a tube jig. they are my #1 goto lure and work all year long

75% of the time I rig them T style. depending on what cover and size of the tube will determan the size weight. If I am around light cover and slow current I'll go with a 1/8 oz or 1/4oz. If its heavy cover or heaveier current then I will co up to 3/8 and 1/2 oz.If I am fishing heavy lilly pads (which I think tubes are the best lure for, they side between the pads so nicely) I'll use up to a 1oz weight. most of the time the wieght is not pegged, but in pads I always peg the weight. Also I use only tungsen weights

20% of the time I  us e a jig head. In open water( like lake Erie), and around rocks I'll use a jig head and slip it up insde the tube. I use 1/8 and 1/4 oz jig heads. If its windy or deep water I might go up to a 3/8oz.  with a jig head a tube will have a spiral fall that drive fish crazy in open water.

I use jig heads when i am "dragging" a tube.

the other 5% of the time I will rig the in a C-rig or even drop shot

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and would you expose the hook slightly out of the tube on this rig or keep it inside the body?

I use internal weights. I never keep the hook inside the body. Generally, the point is Texposed, or if it's picking up weeds, then I skin-hook it.

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I use 4" flipping tubes quite a bit.  I fish them on 4/0 EWG hooks and unpegged weights.  The hook is oushed throuh both walls of the tube and left to lie along the tube or just BARELY skinhooked.

These are great baits!

Good luck!

Brad

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For my smallmouth fishing on the river I use a 1/8 or 1/4 jighead with a rattle in it and for Flippin for green bass I use a 4 or 5 inch tube and a 4/0 hook that is skin hooked ever so slightly. One neat trick during the spawn is to turn your tube around backwards, tenticals facing toward the eye of the hook, and rig it weedless as well as skin hook it, throw it weightless. After it hits bottom it fills up with some water after a few twitches and gains some weight. It works great in shallow spawning beds. Good luck

Note: I am not a big believer in fishing for spawning bass. I fish a lake near me during the spawn. But, I try to leave the beds alone. I gave you this tip if you are fishing a tourney that time of year or if you are on a high pressure lake. Even in a tournament situation my tip might not do you any good because there are a lot of off limits places that time of year around here especially on the Lower Potomac in MD and the Upper Bay in MD. I do fish for them in the staging ( pre spawn areas where they are staging and getting ready to move up on the flats ). but, I just do not feel right fishing the beds for fun. Its just too easy. I am guilty of doing this one time many years ago and a friend of mine and I just caught fish after fish in the 5-7 range. It was ridiculous and even though we had fun because we were younger then I think we both felt bad about it because as we were bringing these fish in we could see pan fish attacking the nest. One particular lake just up the road from me is gin clear and I have seen beds in 15-20 of water and have caught them simply because it was a place I would not figure a major part of the spawners will be. This is a touchy subject, a little like discussing politics and religion. If you are just starting out I know it is tempting to catch these big bass on the beds but, I think you will feel better knowing that you are letting them do their thing and the pay-off for this comes down the road. Good luck.

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Crazed, yes, a t-rigged tube with a bullet weight will work just fine. A t-rigged tube with the weight inside will work even better. The trick to this is keeping the weight at the front of the tube. I've used pieces of torn up worms, senkos, etc. My latest wrinkle is nylon rope. I melt the end with a lighter until it mushrooms, let cool and cut to length. I'll insert a piece of the rope after the weight, then run the hook through. The rope is lighter than senko pieces, so the tube falls in a spiral. The rope also holds scent. I keep about a dozen pieces in my rigging box, making more as needed.

If you don't put anything in the tube, behind the weight, the weight will end up at the back of the tube, giving you a horizontal fall. This is good for twitching and dragging along the bottom.

I like an EWG hook, rigged tex-posed. The hook point is on the outside of the tube, lying along the side. I'll skin hook if necessary. I use 1/0 - 4/0 hooks, depending on the size of the tube. I like the end of the hook as close to the end of the tube as I can get.

I use as small a weight as I can.

These are great baits.

I regularly use Zoom, Berkley and GYCB.

Good luck,

GK

ps, Jim, I totally agree with you on the bedding thing.

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The problem with tubes is that they are so versatile and so effective there is no "best" way to rig them.

I can tell you the method I used that caught me my earliest tube fish and gave me confidence in the bait.

I used white GYCB

Owner 4/0 wide gap

1/32 oz bullshot snugged up to top of tube

cast directly to likely targets

Let tube slowly sink in lazy spiral on semi slack line

when line twitched or white dissapeared too soon.

Set the hook.

after that I started experimenting and have caught fish on many colors in many ways.

One of the best outings I had was pegging a 1.25 oz. gambler rattling sinker to a large BPS tube.  I was punching through heavy weeds and getting quality bass.

On one of my retrieves I was reeling it in quickly to make my next pitch and a big bass nailed it.

I caught more bass burning this heavily weighted tube then I did pitching to the mats.

Strange but true.

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