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Hey, just got into fishing tubes, but the only way I know of rigging them currently is inserting a tube jighead. The hook up ratio is incredible like this but they tend to get caught up in sticks and weeds very easily.

Just wanted to know is there a way of rigging a tube weedless, only way I can think of so far is a standard t-rig with a pegged bullet weight in the front. Also a picture would really help if possible.

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Three more options that all have their time and place:

http://tackle.redshad.com/proddetail.php?prod=SG-Hooks&cat=24

http://tackle.redshad.com/tips/PekTube.php

http://tackle.redshad.com/proddetail.php?prod=WNS&cat=24

Click on 'rigging instructions' for detailed pics on the last link. That style jighead/hook is what people refer to as "Stupid Tube" around here. Very popular and effective in these parts.

-T9

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Usually I will just t-rig them and tex-pose the hook.

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I use a regular jighead with a 3/0 hook. Insert the hook in the cavity and hook the bait where the jighead is supposed to be, rotate the hook so the the jighead rotates in the tube until the hookeye is upwards, now you have the jighead inside the tube with the hook protruding from underneath, insert the hook in the tube, if you want to you can T-expose the hook. Press the tube against the hook eye and tie your line. Now it 's wedless and you didn 't have to get "special"  tube jigheads.

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I use an EWG hook, and rig it just like you'd rig a T-rigged worm. With the hook point laying on top of the tube, and a bit of the tube pinched up over the hook point.

Before I run the hook through the body of the tube, I insert a weight and a couple of Berkley Crappie Nibbles. They add some flavor, and when they get wet, they get gooey enough to hold the weight to the front of the tube.

This works better than a pegged weight. It has the nice spiral fall, just lijke you get using a jighead, but is much easier to rig, and re-rig.

If the tube has a thin walled head, a bass casting sinker works perfectly. You can run the hook through the eye of the weight, and it will remain in place. For the tubes with thicker heads, I use split shot. The shot I use are larger sizes, cut in half. They stay in place better.

Cheers,

GK

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I have been fishing tubes for more years than I care to remember, back to the days when they were only known as gitzits. I have probably used 20 different kinds of hooks and jigs to rig them over the years. When I came across the Eagle Claw's Shaw Grigsby HP Hook, I stopped looking for something better. I've found it works best with a bullet sinker and goes through just about anything, and doesn't get snagged. I should probably try some of the new ones mentioned in other posters recommendations, but sometimes I get stuck on the old adage if it ain't broke, don't fix it. There are situations when I want the hook exposed and I use different jigs/hooks, but most often I rely on the good old E.C. S.G. HP Kahle variation hook.

http://www.upnorthoutdoors.com/stamina/hooks/eagleclaw/ecshawgrigsby.html

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For largemouth bass my standard is a Mizmo 5 1/2' Grandes or Micro Munch Tackle El Gordo, 4/0 EWG Gamakatsu Offset Worm Hook, T-rigged, weedless, 1/8 oz barrel or bullet weight, unpegged.

For smallmouth, 3 1/2" Mizmo Small Jaws, 1/8 oz inserted jig head.

8-)

 

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