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 gothrough some of the different ways that youcan fish them. I’ve caught largemouth andsmallmouth on this in all across the country. Let me show you a couple different ways torig this. The first one is using a tube jig. This isan internal jig that goes inside of the weight. I want to show you a couple different oneshere. Look at this. There are two differentkinds. What I want you to notice here is onthis one here the eye is at the top of thebait or top of the jig. The eye here is atan angle on this one over here. There’s twodifferent reasons for that. This one herewith the eye on the top is going to give thattube the characteristic spiral action thatit’s known for. It looks like a dying baitfish. I’m telling you, man, the fish lovethat. Bass just chew it up. That eye on thetop is critical. That’s what gives it thataction. The bad thing about that, of course, is becauseit 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 rocksmore often. I end up breaking off a lot. That’swhere this one comes in with an angle. That’swhere that comes into play. Can you see thatangle a little bit. It gives it less of apronounced spiral action, but because of thatangle it comes through weeds a lot easierand it doesn’t get hung up on rocks as much. This is the one I prefer to use more oftenthan not. The way you rig it is really simple. All youdo is wet the jig head a little bit and thenyou’re just going to stick it inside the backsideof 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 willgo through just like so. I don’t know howwell you can see that. Can you see that? Thereyou go. That’s the eye right there, and youjust tie right to it. It’s very simple andstraightforward, however, if you notice, thehook is sticking out. That makes it so youget better hookups that way, of course, butthat kind of limits it such that you can’tthrow it in weedy areas. You’re going to gethung up more. You’re going to get hung upin ropes and things hanging off of docks andthat sort of stuff. They make that kind nowwhere it’s got that weed guard. Can you see that weed guard? All that doesis it’s a wire that hooks up underneath thebarb of the hook. You’d be surprised how weedlessthat is. I’m bringing my finger right acrossthat point and it’s not getting hung up. Thisworks great in really weedy areas and flippingand pitching and stuff, but it can be a littleawkward to rig if you don’t know how to doit. All you do is unhook the wire and stickit right straight down, let me wet the jighead real quick, this goes right inside thetube, put the wire right inside the tube,slide everything right on up, and you’ll seethe wire will start to come right out. It’llpoke right out. See how I did that? Just pushit all of the rest of the way on through justlike I showed you before, just like that otherjig head. Poke that right on through. There’sthe eye, and now you can just snap that underneaththat barb and it’s weedless now. You’ve gota weedless jig. This works great for throwinginto cover, throwing into weeds, or anythingyou can get hung up on. It’s the perfect wayto 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 cylinderweight here. This goes through weeds and rocksreally well. About eighteen inches below thatdown here, you’ll see how far apart it is,down here I’ve got a little hook. This isan 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’renot 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 likethat. Can you see that? That’s what holdsthe bait in place. The bait lies just likethat so you can see the angle of that hookis really weird. You’re going to put the hook in towards thetop 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 isright straight through like that. Bring itall of the way on through. This is calleda High Performance hook. I think Eagle Clawmakes it. Then you slide it right on up. Seethat wire hook, that little wire we’ve gotright there? That clips back onto the hooklike so, and now it holds that bait in place. All you have to do now is put the hook throughthe body and the point of the hook rests righton top of the bait. It’s weedless just likethat. That works perfect for a split shot rig. I’musing a six to ten pound test medium lightweight action seven foot rod. It’s a littlelight weight, but don’t limit yourself tothat. You can throw this behind a Carolinarig 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 bitabove it. You can take a number ten corkypeople use for salmon fishing stuff that insidethe bait, and now it floats. It’ll float abovethe weight here. It is candy sitting up therelike that. Here’s a little trick we use up here in theNorth West. Take a toothpick, break it off,stick it right in the end so it holds theopening open, blow all of the water out beforeyou cast it, throw it on this mojo rig, andthrow it out there. What happens is the rigweight will hit the bottom and sit there fora minute. This bait will sit on the top floating. The bubble tension will rise, and eventuallyit will give. It will burp a little bit andfall. What happens is that smallmouth or largemouthwill come right up and just look right atthat bait. Looking, looking, “I don’t knowif 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 numberten corky in there and that will just makeit a floating bait. Put it behind a Carolinarig or what have you. It’s the same sort ofconcept. Another way to rig it is using a drop shotrig. I’m just going to pull this bait outreal quick from how I had it. All I do hereis I just nose hook it. Here I’m going togo straight from the top on down just righton 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 thehook. It works wonders. I like to put a goodamount of weight behind it here. Again, youdon’t have to limit yourself. I’m using asix to ten pound test seven foot medium lightaction rod, but you can also use braided lineon a flipping stick, on a heavy weight onthe bottom, and turn that drop shot. I callit a bubba shot. You can now, because theweight’s on the bottom it’s really easy topitch, pitch that into some heavy cover likematted weeds or matted hydrilla. Punch itthrough, it will fall through, and now theweight’s on the bottom and the bait is sittingup above that. The fish underneath those matseat that stuff up. Another hook very similar to that HP hookI showed you is like this one. If you notice,instead of having a wire to hold that hookin place it uses little plastic prongs there. The concept is the same. See the bait’s goingto sit flush with this hook point right here. Look at this angle, you’ve got to go throughthe top not through the middle, through thetop. Here I’ve got it on braided line. Here’sthe bait. I’ve put a bullet sinker in frontof it, a little tungsten weight. I flip andpitch this into wooded brush, cover, and allkinds of stuff. It’s weedless. I just textpose it. What I do is I just back the plasticback on top of the point there, but it’s completelyweedless. I run my finger and I’m not gettinghooked up at all. You don’t catch and weedsor any garbage or gunk. Those little prongshold the bait right in place. This is theperfect little setup for flipping and pitching. There are so many different ways you can fisha tube it’s not even funny. There’s internalweights you can use, again, with those littleclips and those angles. You put the weightinside and the hook goes through it. There’sa little opening in there and it holds theweight inside the bait. Another way to throwit 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 insteadof putting it inside and threading it insidethe bait you rig it like you would a Texasrig, on the outside like this. Then, whatyou’re doing is with the weight on the outsideit does a couple of things. First off, if I can do this, now the jig head’son the outside with the eye tie up here withit further in front of the bait and that’sgoing 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 thehook a lot easier. I just find it burns throughmy baits a lot faster because I’m tearingthem 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 allof the stuff you’ve got in your boat and playaround with it. The point here is that there’sreally no wrong way to fish this bait. There’sa lot of different ways. Get creative, havefun with it and catch a lot of fish. I hopethose tips helped. For more tips and trickslike this visit BassResource. com.