Most soft plastics in bass fishing do something, whether undulating under the surface or making wild movements with flapping appendages and tails, but a tube hardly does. Nevertheless, the simple hollow body and slits creating the tails have been very effective for decades. Tube baits have performed so well for many years because they are an excellent imitation of crawfish, baitfish, gobies, and other forage.
They’ve stood the test of time because they are simple to fish and because they catch bass.
Rigging a Tube
The tube bait can be rigged in several ways, including Texas-rigged when fished along the bottom or flipping and pitching to shallow cover. However, the most common way to fish a tube would be on a jighead.
There are several designs of tube jigheads with slim weighted sections that can be inserted into the body of the tube. Quickly lubricating the jighead with saliva or scent will make this process quick and easy. These jighead designs are for fishing tube baits, and they are available in many different weights to fit any situation.
Any jighead will work for tubes, and sometimes adding a bulkier jighead is the way to go. The heavier weights of these jigheads get the bait down quickly and help it stay there in times of swift current and deep water. The larger head is also commonly done in the Great Lakes region as it helps to imitate the profile of a goby with a large head and tapered body.
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