One of our favorite ways to catch giant smallies is with a tube. There are many different ways to rig a tube, but we’re going to share with you our four favorites.
Tube Jig Head (Open Hook):
With an open hook you’re going to get a greater hook-up ratio. With that, though, you are also going to get snagged a lot more. Even if your bait does get snagged in the rocks, which it will, you’ll catch enough fish for it to be worth breaking off every now and then. In our opinion, the benefits of using this setup far outweigh the consequences, but it should ideally be fished in open water with no brush.
We absolutely love the Stupid Tube design. Drag it along the bottom or hop it. It’s a weedless setup, which means you’ll have to set the hook harder than when open hooking a tube. It is a lot easier to throw around moderate cover.
If you’re fishing moderate to heavy cover, we definitely recommend that you Texas rig your tube. Chances are, you’ll be throwing it with a baitcaster, so you should be setting the hook hard as-is. You can throw a solid bodied tube like the Keitech Salty Core Tube rigged with a 4/0 Trokar TK120 hook and a tungsten weight, or a hollow-bodied Snack Daddy Elite Tube rigged with a Trokar TK190 hook and a tungsten weight. We’ve caught some massive largemouth and smallmouth flipping bushes with this setup, so you can’t go wrong with the Texas rig.
Keep your tube up off the bottom by using a drop shot rig. We recommend nose hooking it like in the photo above. The hook-up ratio is great if the fish commit to eating it, but you’ll get a fair amount of short strikes and there’s not much you can do about it except switch baits, colors, or rig it one of the ways previously mentioned. It’s a blast looking down at your GPSMAP 7610xsv hooked up to a Panoptix transducer and watch a giant smallmouth eat your drop shot in real-time, as it is happening.
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