How To Fish A Splitshot Tube | Bass Fishing

There we go. He did. That’s not a bad little
fish here. Not a bad fish, on tube. Come hereyou. Here we go. You know, it’s a little fish but boy they
sure are fun. Fell victim to my splitshottube. That’s what we’re doing today. I’m going
to show you how to fish that, show you thedifferent equipment to use, and then I’m gonna
take you on the water and show you the differenttechniques you can use for fishing a splitshot
tube. Hey folks. Glenn May here with BassResource. com.
Today I’m gonna to talk to you about mojorigging a tube bait. A split shotttin the
tube bait. All that really is, is a cylindricaltube . . . a cylindrical weight, about 18
inches past it, is the tube. And if you don’tknow how to rig this, I’ve got a video on
how to rig tube baits, and it’s linked underneaththis video. Go check it out and it’ll show
you how to rig it. But today we’re gonna totalk about the equipment that we’re gonna
to use, the tackle, and then I’m gonna toshow you how to fish it. So starting off here, I’m using a . . . this
is a hook designed specifically for tubes. It’s a high performance hook. I think it’s
a Shaw Grigsby high performance hook. I thinkEagle Claw makes it. This is just simply a
1/0 or a 2/0 . . . I think it’s a 1/0 hook. Thin wire hook. Light wire application here.
And we’ve got this about 18 inches above theweight so it can flow freely, it can come
up off the bottom, float back down naturally,uninhibited by the line. Six pound line. The weight here, this is about a quarter ounce
weight. You can use a . . . I think an eighthounce is a real good starting point. We’re
gonna fish a little bit deeper with this,so I’m using a quarter ounce. You can use
three-eighth ounce if you want. I go all theway up to half ounce, even one ounce weights,
but that’s for specialty situations. That’sfor when I’m fishing heavy current. I’ve got
to get this bait to flow through the watercolumn before it flies by me on the cast,
so I’m using a much heavier weight in thoseinstances. But because we’re using real light line, real
thin hook, you gotta have a rod that matchesthat, so we’re using a medium-light action
rod today. This is a spinning outfit to handlethat line. Medium-light action rod. If you
use a heavier rod, then you risk breakingthe line or straightening out that hook during
the hookset, and when you’re fighting thefish back to the boat. So medium-light action
is what you want. It’s got that rod tip action,a lot of give to it, so you can fight the
fish without causing any problems. All right, so that’s the equipment we’re gonna
use, now let’s go out and fish it. All right, so what I’m fishing here is an
area that’s got rocky bottom, with some weedsin it. And it’s not a whole lot of weeds.
It’s not thick, but it’s mostly rocky. Greatplace to be fishing the split shot rig, because
the weight is a cylindrical weight. It’s gonnaslide through those rocks and not get hung
up as easy as, say, other shaped weights. And it also slides through the weeds as well. The tube, obviously, is Texas rig, so it’s
not gonna to get hung as much either. So it’sa great setup to use in a situation like this. All you gonna do, is gonna cast it out there.
When you cast it, we’re not trying to winany distance competitions here, so don’t try
to throw it as hard as you can. As a matterof fact, if you do that, the weight, and the
bait, they’re gonna tumble in mid-air likethis, and they’re gonna get all tangled up
before they even hit the water, and that’sgonna ruin your presentation anyway. So no
sense in trying to throw it really hard. Instead,just bring it back, let the weight and the
bait settle down a little bit behind you,and then it’s a lob cast. Real nice and easy
lob cast. Let the rod tip do the work foryou. If you’ve ever thrown a Carolina rig,
you know exactly what I’m talking about. So all you do, once it hits the water, is
you wanna watch that line. Watch it carefully. Let it fall on slack line, just flip the bail
over, and watch where the line enters thewater. Because a lot of times the fish hit
it while it’s falling. And the only way you’regonna know that they bit it, is if you see
the line twitch, pop, jerk, do something unusual. Might swim off to one side or the other. If
you see that, reel up the slack, and set thehook. And speaking of setting the hook, you don’t
have to set the hook really hard with thissetup. You’ve got real light line, medium-light
action rod, with a thin wire hook. If youset it really hard like that, you’re likely
to break the line, or straighten out thathook, which you’ll lose the fish if you do
that. So just a light set, it’s a moderatehookset. Just pop it a little bit. That’s
all it takes. Doesn’t take much to get thatlight wire hook to penetrate past the barb
into the fish’s mouth. Some people just reeldown a lot harder, or they’ll move the rod
tip like this, and that’s it. It’s a sweepset. Doesn’t take a whole lot. So keep that
in mind when you set the hook. So we’re just gonna cast this out here, and
I’m gonna watch that line. Got the reel . . . thebail flipped, watching that line where it
falls. Watching it fall, watching it fall. Okay, it hit the bottom. Now how I know I
hit the bottom, is that the line just wentslack and stopped moving. So next thing I’m gonna do, is I’m just gonna
lift the weight up off the bottom, and thenbring it back down. I want the bait to . . . the
weight to fall straight down. But I wannamaintain contact with it in case the fish
bites. So the way you do that, is you bringthe rod tip down about the same speed as the
weight falling, while reeling up the slack. And when you do that, in case the fish bites
the lure, you’re gonna feel that strike. Soit takes a little bit of practice to do it.
You lift it up, and then just let it fall. Straight down. Just like that. And let that
tube just kinda flutter. Now in this situation, the tube, it doesn’t
spiral downward, like you would if it wason a jig head. But it kinda does this: back
and forth. So it looks like a dying bait fish. That’s why you get so many bites on this setup.
Just lift it up, and now we’re gonna let itfall straight down. Now how fast you drop it, obviously, depends
on how heavy the weight is. How fast do youlift it up? I generally like to do it slowly,
not pop it. But really, you have to play withit each day, and figure out what it is the
fish wants. Sometimes they want it movingfast. You want to just reel it back in, drop
. . . lift, drop, lift, drop. Other times,you’re gonna have to sit there and wait. They
only will hit it when it isn’t moving. You’llget their attention when you bring it up,
but they’ll follow it, and they’ll look atit, until they can’t stand it anymore. Then
they’ll grab it. So sometimes you have towait really long. You just gonna have to play
with it every day, and figure out, each day,what they want. All right, so the next retrieve I’m gonna
show you, is we’re just gonna . . . a lotof times this bait, it looks like, either
like a bait fish, or a sculpin feeding onthe bottom. Or maybe even a crawdad. So this
next retrieve is what we’re gonna use to imitatethat. Let it fall all the way to the bottom,
like it did before, but now all we’re gonnado, is we’re just gonna drag the weight, with
the rod, on the bottom, and then reel up theslack. Point the rod right at it, and just
move it with the rod tip. Keeping it on thebottom. We want it to look like one of those
bait fishes, or a crawdad crawling on thebottom. So you don’t move it with the reel.
And keep that rod tip down so that you’reready to set the hook. Now a derivative of this, another way to fish
it, is to throw it out back. You only cando this if you’re in a boat, but I like to
throw it out towards the back of the boat. Let it fall. I give it a little bit of extra
line here. I give it maybe 10-15 feet of line. And then in this case, I’m just gonna let
the boat move the bait. Okay, I’m just gonnaset the trolling motor, like on 20, 30, somewhere
in there. And I’m just gonna drag it alongthe bottom of the lake. This is a great way to fish offshore structure,
or in the wintertime, this is almost exclusivelyhow I fish it. And I just vary the speed using
my trolling motor. Keep the rod tip down. You’re ready to set the hook. You can also
feel the bite a lot better that way too. Itcan get boring sometimes, but boy, you can
load the boat doing it this way too. Speaking of which, now, in the wintertime
and in the summertime, like I said, I liketo fish it this way. That’s because the bulk
of the fish during those times of the yearare out in the main lake. So during those
times of the year, I’m gonna fish main lakepoints, rock piles, offshore humps, ledges,
creek channels. Places where the creek bendis right near the shoreline. Those are the
type of structures that I’m gonna target duringthose times of the year. I’m just gonna fish
a little bit slower in the wintertime thanI do in the summer. In the fall and in the
spring, that’s when the fish are up shallow. So during those times of the year, I’m gonna
be going to the back of creek coves, backof coves. I’m gonna be fishing protected bays.
Big flats. I like grassy flats. That’s a greatarea to fish during the springtime. I’m just gonna fish those areas, again, using
the same retrieves that I just showed you. With this tube, I’m telling you what, if you
do those things and fish at those locationsduring those times of the year, you’re gonna
catch a lot of fish, and you’re gonna havea whole heck of a lot of fun. For more tips and tricks like this, visit
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