How To Rig A Tube Bait The Right Way | Bass Fishing

Hey folks. Glenn May here with BassResource. com,
and today I want to talk to you about thetube bait. This is a really versatile bait.
You can rig it so many different ways andit’s effective in all of them. I want to go
through some of the different ways that youcan fish them. I’ve caught largemouth and
smallmouth on this in all across the country. Let me show you a couple different ways to
rig this. The first one is using a tube jig. This is
an internal jig that goes inside of the weight. I want to show you a couple different ones
here. Look at this. There are two differentkinds. What I want you to notice here is on
this one here the eye is at the top of thebait or top of the jig. The eye here is at
an angle on this one over here. There’s twodifferent reasons for that. This one here
with the eye on the top is going to give thattube the characteristic spiral action that
it’s known for. It looks like a dying baitfish. I’m telling you, man, the fish love
that. Bass just chew it up. That eye on thetop is critical. That’s what gives it that
action. The bad thing about that, of course, is because
it spirals it likes to get hung up in weeds. It gets hung up on things under the docks,
also, just because of the position of theeye, for me, it tends to get hung up on rocks
more often. I end up breaking off a lot. That’swhere this one comes in with an angle. That’s
where that comes into play. Can you see thatangle a little bit. It gives it less of a
pronounced spiral action, but because of thatangle it comes through weeds a lot easier
and it doesn’t get hung up on rocks as much. This is the one I prefer to use more often
than not. The way you rig it is really simple. All you
do is wet the jig head a little bit and thenyou’re just going to stick it inside the backside
of the tube, and slide it all of the way upinside. You can see a little bulge there,
and you just poke it right on through. Pokethat eye right through the bait if it will
go through just like so. I don’t know howwell you can see that. Can you see that? There
you go. That’s the eye right there, and youjust tie right to it. It’s very simple and
straightforward, however, if you notice, thehook is sticking out. That makes it so you
get better hookups that way, of course, butthat kind of limits it such that you can’t
throw it in weedy areas. You’re going to gethung up more. You’re going to get hung up
in ropes and things hanging off of docks andthat sort of stuff. They make that kind now
where it’s got that weed guard. Can you see that weed guard? All that does
is it’s a wire that hooks up underneath thebarb of the hook. You’d be surprised how weedless
that is. I’m bringing my finger right acrossthat point and it’s not getting hung up. This
works great in really weedy areas and flippingand pitching and stuff, but it can be a little
awkward to rig if you don’t know how to doit. All you do is unhook the wire and stick
it right straight down, let me wet the jighead real quick, this goes right inside the
tube, put the wire right inside the tube,slide everything right on up, and you’ll see
the wire will start to come right out. It’llpoke right out. See how I did that? Just push
it all of the rest of the way on through justlike I showed you before, just like that other
jig head. Poke that right on through. There’sthe eye, and now you can just snap that underneath
that barb and it’s weedless now. You’ve gota weedless jig. This works great for throwing
into cover, throwing into weeds, or anythingyou can get hung up on. It’s the perfect way
to catch fish and not worry about gettinghung up. Let me show you another way. For example,
you can throw it on a split shot rig, or mojoas some people call it. It’s got this cylinder
weight here. This goes through weeds and rocksreally well. About eighteen inches below that
down here, you’ll see how far apart it is,down here I’ve got a little hook. This is
an interesting looking hook. Notice the shapeof this thing. Look at this part right here.
See how that angles down like that? Lookingat that can tell you right away that you’re
not going to put this in the bait the wayyou normally would. Why do you have that?
See this wire? This little wire comes on down,but it hooks on right to the hook just like
that. Can you see that? That’s what holdsthe bait in place. The bait lies just like
that so you can see the angle of that hookis really weird. You’re going to put the hook in towards the
top at an angle like this rather than rightdown the middle like you would a Texas rig.
Don’t put it down there. You’re going to putit at this angle. All you’re going to do is
right straight through like that. Bring itall of the way on through. This is called
a High Performance hook. I think Eagle Clawmakes it. Then you slide it right on up. See
that wire hook, that little wire we’ve gotright there? That clips back onto the hook
like so, and now it holds that bait in place. All you have to do now is put the hook through
the body and the point of the hook rests righton top of the bait. It’s weedless just like
that. That works perfect for a split shot rig. I’m
using a six to ten pound test medium lightweight action seven foot rod. It’s a little
light weight, but don’t limit yourself tothat. You can throw this behind a Carolina
rig the exact same way. What that does isthis weight comes down, it sits on the bottom,
and then this weight just flutters on down. It floats behind it. It floats a little bit
above it. You can take a number ten corkypeople use for salmon fishing stuff that inside
the bait, and now it floats. It’ll float abovethe weight here. It is candy sitting up there
like that. Here’s a little trick we use up here in the
North West. Take a toothpick, break it off,stick it right in the end so it holds the
opening open, blow all of the water out beforeyou cast it, throw it on this mojo rig, and
throw it out there. What happens is the rigweight will hit the bottom and sit there for
a minute. This bait will sit on the top floating. The bubble tension will rise, and eventually
it will give. It will burp a little bit andfall. What happens is that smallmouth or largemouth
will come right up and just look right atthat bait. Looking, looking, “I don’t know
if I want to bite it. “, then he starts toback off, and it burps and falls. It’s candy.
It is candy. Man, the fish love that. Youcan do that. Like I said, put a little number
ten corky in there and that will just makeit a floating bait. Put it behind a Carolina
rig or what have you. It’s the same sort ofconcept. Another way to rig it is using a drop shot
rig. I’m just going to pull this bait outreal quick from how I had it. All I do here
is I just nose hook it. Here I’m going togo straight from the top on down just right
on top of the bait straight all of the waythrough. That’s it. I’m done. That, my friends,
is how I rig it on a drop shot rig. It floatsfreely behind here. It’s uninhibited by the
hook. It works wonders. I like to put a goodamount of weight behind it here. Again, you
don’t have to limit yourself. I’m using asix to ten pound test seven foot medium light
action rod, but you can also use braided lineon a flipping stick, on a heavy weight on
the bottom, and turn that drop shot. I callit a bubba shot. You can now, because the
weight’s on the bottom it’s really easy topitch, pitch that into some heavy cover like
matted weeds or matted hydrilla. Punch itthrough, it will fall through, and now the
weight’s on the bottom and the bait is sittingup above that. The fish underneath those mats
eat that stuff up. Another hook very similar to that HP hook
I showed you is like this one. If you notice,instead of having a wire to hold that hook
in place it uses little plastic prongs there. The concept is the same. See the bait’s going
to sit flush with this hook point right here. Look at this angle, you’ve got to go through
the top not through the middle, through thetop. Here I’ve got it on braided line. Here’s
the bait. I’ve put a bullet sinker in frontof it, a little tungsten weight. I flip and
pitch this into wooded brush, cover, and allkinds of stuff. It’s weedless. I just text
pose it. What I do is I just back the plasticback on top of the point there, but it’s completely
weedless. I run my finger and I’m not gettinghooked up at all. You don’t catch and weeds
or any garbage or gunk. Those little prongshold the bait right in place. This is the
perfect little setup for flipping and pitching. There are so many different ways you can fish
a tube it’s not even funny. There’s internalweights you can use, again, with those little
clips and those angles. You put the weightinside and the hook goes through it. There’s
a little opening in there and it holds theweight inside the bait. Another way to throw
it is with darter heads. That’s very similarto these except that the head is pointed.
I don’t have those, but the head’s pointedinstead of a ball. Then, the tube itself instead
of putting it inside and threading it insidethe bait you rig it like you would a Texas
rig, on the outside like this. Then, whatyou’re doing is with the weight on the outside
it does a couple of things. First off, if I can do this, now the jig head’s
on the outside with the eye tie up here withit further in front of the bait and that’s
going to give it an even more pronounced spiralaction. It’s really going to spin as it falls.
This is another great way to rig it. I don’tlike it as much because it slides off of the
hook a lot easier. I just find it burns throughmy baits a lot faster because I’m tearing
them up as they’re sliding off this hook,but it’s a great, easy way to fish it. Don’t be afraid to experiment; look at all
of the stuff you’ve got in your boat and playaround with it. The point here is that there’s
really no wrong way to fish this bait. There’sa lot of different ways. Get creative, have
fun with it and catch a lot of fish. I hopethose tips helped. For more tips and tricks
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