Tubes are great baits to start kids with because they are so easy to fish and so forgiving. The key to fishing a Gitzit is the rigging, Garland told us. Match the rigging and the tube to the conditions and you’ll catch fish. He preferred the 3-inch tube for deep fish or shallow fish that are really spooky.
A tube resembles a variety of forage and when it’s rigged Texas style, it allows you to throw your tube just about anywhere without worrying about getting hung up. To fish, grab a 3/0 or 4/0 aught wide gap hook, bullet weights and some bobber stops. Rig it up like your standard Texas Rig.
Shallow water feeding lies coexist with major slackwater pools. … Relatively light tube jigs can be used to effectively work these shallow water feeding areas. Walleyes find the shape and fall of a light tube appealing; the angler need not worry about the force of the cast ripping the bait free of a minnow-tipped jig.
Small jigs are the most versatile of all trout lures. … Both spinners and spoons, the two most commonly used trout-lure types, have enough built-in action to catch at least some fish when simply reeled in after a cast. Either lure will do even better when retrieved with some finesse, but most people don’t bother.
For such a non-descript lure, a tube fishing lure exhibits unexpected “action” as an angler works it and can often entice strikes from even finicky bass. First, the hollow body contributes to the “float” of the lure. … These are ever moving in the water creating vibration that bass can sense as well as see.
Stickbaits are slender torpedo shaped hard or soft plastic baits like the Rapala Original Floating Minnow or Senko worms. Stick baits can float, suspend or dive. When fishing a topwater stick bait, choose a floating or shallow diving lure. The size of the stick bait you choose will depend on baitfish in the area.
Tube jigs are meant to be used with a special hook and weight system. This lead-molded or tungsten jig head is slid into the cavity of the body, at which point the line tie is poked through the shell in order to attach to your line.
Truth be told, I rely on tube jigs throughout the open-water season to catch walleye, especially when I find them along the bottom. Part of the reason walleye are the most sought-after fish in the country is they’re so adaptable, and their palate is anything but discriminating.
So the day revealed several things: one, walleyes respond well to soft plastic baits, including non-traditional offerings such as crawfish profiles, tubes, and tiny grubs.
When fished correctly, soft plastics can work incredibly well for all species of trout. In some ways fishing soft plastics for trout can be like fly fishing with nymphs.
Jig head Sizes to use are 2/0 hook size for 4inch plastics and 3/0,4/0 hooks size for 5inch plastics, the weights to use are 1/8,1/6 and for shallow water and slow flow and 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2oz windy conditions, deep water and fast flowing rivers.
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