How To Catch Winter Bass with Tubes
If you follow these tube fishing tips for winter fish, you're going put some fish in the boat and have some fun.
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There we go. 'Sup, guys? We're fishing. It's winter time, it's cold, and we're at world famous Bullards Bar up here in northern California, and we're testing out the new Z-Man TRDs, a small profile little tube bait. And we're rigging that up with a little Ned head right here. And guys, we're gonna go out, and we're gonna show you how to keep it simple. In the wintertime it's cold and stuff. You don't wanna be doing a lot of active things. You wanna be kind of bundled up and really work slow and work on that finesse bite. So what we're gonna do is we're gonna skip around. We're gonna fish some of this water coming in, dragging these little baits out, but then also gonna hop around these main lake points and really picking apart what you're tryin' to do with this bait and how you can catch some fish through the winter and then moving into the spring bite as well. Let's break this down starting with rigging.
Hi guys, the set up with this one is really simple, that's what makes it such an easy bait to use. Take out the little TRD and either... You know, these were created, actually, to be thrown with the Ned head. That's why they got the little flat top to 'em. All you do is just thread that hook right on there, and you're good to go. Today I've also been throwing it just on a normal little ball head weight, because I don't want you guys to overthink this. All you really need is a little weight up top, thread the this bait all the way through, slide it up on there. And, actually, what I'll do...see how that doesn't fit completely well, that hook's a little big? What I'll do is then I'll cut a little seam in that bait so that hook fits flush all the way up there, and you can't rip it because this elastic's so good. So you just gotta cut it with some scissors, and I go with either about a three sixteenths to a quarter ounce weight. I want that bait really kind of slowly falling down to the bottom, and then as I'm working I want that natural little flutter kind of fall as it's scurrying along down there and everything to entice these fish.
There we go. There we go. We're hooked up. We just got one. I'm trying to film. There he comes. I'm trying to film these, the setup to this bait. I like it. I'm trying to film the setup to this bait right now. We're talking about the setups, little secrets to do, and I got a line hanging over the side, because I always wanna have a line in the water, because things like this can happen. And like my boy D Almighty would say, "See you later, dude."
Now, as I was saying, my little secret, and this is why that fish was on there for a little while. Anytime I'm using tubes, I love to squirt a little bit of the scent up in the tube. Okay?
So once you have that rigged, you just put this, the opening of this scent right up to it, and just squirt it in there. And if it's overflowing, no big deal. You want that all there so that way as you're slowly pulling that along there, it's releasing scent. And anytime the fish go to bite it, they're gonna hold on to it that much longer. That's just that much more important, especially in these colder months, where these fish just aren't completely as aggressive. You want to give yourself every advantage possible. Got it? There we go.
That fish was on there for a minute. I was like, "Why does it feel weird, and why is my line over there? I cast it over on this side." But that's what using this tube's all about, you gotta be...you gotta fish it real slow, and he choked that. You guys see that tube way down there? When they bite it like that, that means they want that bait, and that's why we put that scent up in there. We stick that little scent up in there, squeeze it in there and fill it up with that, because if they bite this, and they're tracking it, you know, sometimes they don't always eat it right away. But when they do, they're really gonna taste that natural taste that they want, and they're really gonna hold on to that for longer.
All right, retrieval, guys. We're talking about retrieving this thing. We're gonna make long casts. We'll talk about kind of location a little bit more in a minute, but we want to make the long cast sink all the way to the bottom, and I'm either gonna do one of two retrieves on this thing. Once it hits the bottom, I'm either gonna just, you know, do little hops with it, so that it's kind of hopping around and darting around down there. Or I'm gonna put my rod tip down and make little drags. Let that bait sink all the way to the bottom, then drag it. You know two, three, maybe four feet at a time. Then just let it sit. Reel in that slack, and I wanna be real slow with this. And any time I lose contact with the bottom, I wanna let that bait sink all the way back to the bottom.
As this bait's moving along down there, it's just mimicking little tiny...like, bluegill, a little crawdad, just a nice, small profile that represents an easy meal to these fish. And if we feel any bites or anything like that, all we wanna do, because of that exposed thin-wire hook, all we're gonna do is reel down on that fish. And as we reel, once we feel the weight of that fish, we're gonna start lifting up. There we go, right off the little point. Look at these fish. This is a cold water bass right here too. Look at how white this guy is, white fish because it is a cold fish. When these fish are a real light color like that, that means they're down there deep. That means they're not spending much time shallow.
And it's why we're dragging around, really moving this bait slow. Because when they're this cold, they are lethargic, they're slow-moving. So you've gotta give them a little more patience to come up and eat that meal. Because right now, they're basically sitting there going, "All right, I'm absolutely freezing. I'm absolutely freezing." They see something coming by, and they're like, "All right, is it worth me swimming around to go chase that thing down?" Keep that bait moving nice and slow. It is working. They'll come and take a little nibble.
So, when we talk about where to throw this bait, when throwing a tube you really gotta move slow. You know, you're hopping this thing. You're dragging it, but it's a slow presentation. So you really wanna find those high probability areas. Where are the best chances of fish being, right? And that's the first and most obvious spot on the lake is main lake points. And what that means...a lot of people don't necessarily understand what that means. Main lake point, if you were to look bird's-eye view straight down on a lake, and you were to circle the biggest points, the five, ten, biggest points in the entire lake, those are the main lake points. Those are the ones you should start on. Run to those.
If you don't know where the fish are, and you don't know what they're doing, run to those first. Start shallow and just drag right down one side, and then once it gets into 30, 40 feet, then come over it and then drag up the other side and kinda come up and down. I would experiment within 15 to 30 foot range in the wintertime, these colder months. And then as it gets a little bit warmer, so as we go into spring, you can go right up into that shallow into the 1 foot to 30 foot range.
Next, after the points, I call 'em guts, creek channels. Where those creeks carve out those little channels and stuff, those bass love using those as roadways as the water starts to heat up throughout the...into the spring. These fish are gonna use those little roadways, and they're gonna slowly move back and look for places to spawn. And so if you follow those little creek channels and stuff, just dragging this tube along, you're gonna run into some of these fish.
Every fisherman loves to have confidence baits. If you're gonna be consistent, you have to have three or four baits that you know you have in your box that if all else fails, you tie that on, slow down, and you're gonna get some fish. Now, this little Z-Man TRD tubes is no exception. Tubes flat out work. They've worked since the beginning of fishing. I don't know when tubes were actually created to begin with, but they have always worked and Z-Man has really...they've added their ElaZtech technology to that so now this is even tougher. I love the small profile, and if you guys get out there and use this, you're gonna get bit. Slow it down and fish your confidence areas and you're gonna put some fish in the boat and have some fun.
Hope this bait helps. Hope you guys have a lot of fun. Make sure you #ZMan and #LTB in these videos so we can see your catches and share in on your adventures. Once again, guys, I'm Travis with Lucky Tackle Box. If you enjoyed the video, hit that thumbs up button. Leave a comment. I'll make sure to comment back on all those, and I'll see you on the next video. Peace.