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How do you guys rig your tubes for cold water smallmouth fishing? I'm planning to get out on the water in a few weeks and target some smallies specifically throwing tubes and dropshot rigs.

Looking for any specific hooks as well as rigging techniques as I am new to this. Thanks.

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How do you guys rig your tubes for cold water smallmouth fishing? I'm planning to get out on the water in a few weeks and target some smallies specifically throwing tubes and dropshot rigs.

Looking for any specific hooks as well as rigging techniques as I am new to this. Thanks.

Use the search as this has been covered recently.

1) Tube jig or Weedless tube jig - hook exposed 3/16th is my favorite weight

2) Stupid Rig using a jig head - T-rigs the hook

3) Internal tube weight and Gammy 2/0 EWG texas rig

4) Megastrike or Spot Remover jig... Screw bait keeper into tip and T-rig to make it weedless

Don't under estimate the 1/4 oz naked jig with a 3" curly tail grub...

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I always rig my tubes with a 1/4 oz. tube jighead.Rattles add nice vibration and sound if you can find the jigheads made with a rattle. My favorite tube brand is Widow Maker tubes if you're looking for a quality brand with a wide varitey of color options. You can find all the jigheads and tubes you need atMy link.

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Regardless of whether you are fishing with an open jighead or some type of T-Rig, use just enough weight to get the bait into contact with the bottom. Depending on the depth of the water and the amount of current, you want your bait to move along with the flow of the water so it looks like an injured minnow or a crawdad that has been dislodged from the bottom. Too little weight will make the lure stay closer to the surface while too much weight will simply anchor it to the bottom. Smallies in current normally sit in ambush positions behind some type of current break and wait for prey to come to them. You need to make sure your tube presents itself as an easy meal that is moving naturally with the flow of the river.

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Most of mine are rigged weedless like in the pic.

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