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tube jig

the tube jig

by Nic DiGravio

There are many ways to fish this excellent bait, but two main ways are 'jigging' and 'dragging'. By jigging I mean basically pulling it up from bottom and letting it fall in its own alluring way. This method is great for the bass that hold on mid lake humps that are aggressively feeding on bait fish or you can try this method under docks too. I like to use 1/8th ounce jig heads for dock fishing and 1/4 ounce weights in 15 to 20ft depths, in deeper water you might want to use 3/8 ounce jig heads. I normally use a medium 6' to 6'6" spincasting rod with 8 lb power pro braided line for jigging the Tube. Here's a good tip, try not to put your tube jig head all the way into the tube so that it traps some air in the tip to let it fall slower and give it more of a life like appearance. Some great colours that have put fish in my boat have been smoke, white, green and crayfish colours. Experiment, see what colours work best for you because these lures come in all sorts of colours.

Dragging it off bottom is a must for finicky bass or bass feeding on their favorite food, the crayfish. This technique is basically done by Carolina rigging it or just putting it on a jig head and 'dragging' it. Use the lightest weight possible to make contact with bottom. For dragging this lure I like to use a baitcasting outfit filled with 15lb power pro braided line and a 9' medium action rod. If the water is very clear try tying a leader of Fluorocarbon 6lb test to your main line. Drifting with the wind or using your bow mount to drag this great lure will work just the same . You can even try putting rattles in it to call them in from a distance.

The Tube Jig is another good versatile bait for bass fishing. There have been tournaments won by flipping it in heavy cover for large mouth and I think there will be many more wins in the future. So, if you don't have the Tube Jig in your tackle box, I strongly suggest you get some, you will glad you did. Happy fishing!

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