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How To Fish Texas Rigged Tube Baits | Bass Fishing

How To Fish Texas Rigged Tube Baits | Bass Fishing

Hey folks, you can’t see it but under the
water here is a bunch of flooded bushes and flooded cover, it’s really thick underneath
there. It’s a big flat. The fish are up on these flats, feeding in between all that stuff.
It’s pretty heavy, but I’m gonna go on there and dig them out. There we go! Come here you. This is it. Here
we go. Oh don’t you throw that! Come here you. Had to eat my tube didn’t you? Had to
eat my Texas rigged tube. Look at this folks, look at this. Texas rigged
tube. Boy he ate it! Can you see that? He ate that thing. This is what Texas rigged
tubes do and we’re going to talk about it on BassResource. Hey folks. Glenn May here with
and today I wanna talk to you about fishing tubes, the Texas rig tube specifically. And
this is what we’re talking about right here. If you’re not sure how to rig it this way,
I’ve got a video on rigging tubes. It’s linked at the bottom of this video here underneath.
You can go check that out in a little bit. But right now I’m gonna take you through the
different gear you use for this and the set up, and then I’m gonna show you how to fish
it. So starting off here we’re using a 2/0 hook. A lot of people ask me about this hook,
“What is it Glenn?” “What are you using?” This is a Trokar TK190 hook. It’s a stout,
heavy duty hook. This is used for flipping and pitching. This is what I use the tubes
for. This is great. A lot of people use tubes for finesse fishing. I use it for flipping. So, we have it on that stout hook and Tungsten
weight. This is an eighth ounce weight in front. Now that’s a good starting point. Eighth
ounce to quarter ounce weight. This is a real small bait so you don’t need a heavy weight
to get it through cover. It’ll slide through real easy with that hanging up. So you don’t
need a heavy weight. You still want that nice, slow glide and slow fall. So the lighter the
weight you can get away with, the better. If you’re using . . . if you’re throwing into
real heavy, woody cover, thick bushes, that sort of thing. You might want to heavy up
and maybe go to three-eighths ounce. Nothing more than that. I’ve never had to use any
heavier than that. On it I’m using braided line. This is 50 pound
braided line. This hook can handle that without straightening it out. And again, I’m throwing
it into heavy, heavy cover so I don’t wanna use a lighter line than that because it can
get frayed and break off if a fish tangles me up in that stuff. That’s pretty much . . . I’m
done. So braided line, you can turn his head and get him going towards you. And I have that paired with a medium heavy
action rod with a fast tip. And the reason I got that fast tip is to help me cast this
out here. Although for the most part I’m flipping and pitching, sometimes I’ll make a longer
cast and want that limber tip to help me fling it out there. Plus, you want that little bit
of a light tip at the end to be able to fight the fish on the way back. It’s just the bait casting off it right here.
This is not absolutely the only way to fish it, but great way to go for fishing heavy
cover. If you’re fishing lighter cover, say lily pads and reeds and lighter vegetation,
sparse vegetation, you don’t need to be this heavy. You can probably get away with 15 pound
copolymer line. Again, I’d still use a medium heavy action rod. Probably the same hook,
it’s universal, but you can go a lighter hook if you want. There’s a lot of different ways
to rig it. But that’s what I would be doing. This is my universal way of fishing it for
flipping and pitching heavy cover. All right, now you know the rigs and the gear to use,
now let’s go fish it. Okay, so with a tube jig anywhere you fish
a jig or a worm, you can also fish a tube. So flipping and pitching for example. All
I do is I just pitch it right in there, let it drop on slack line. Watch that line see
if it jumps or pops while it’s dropping. Let it hit the bottom, and I just lift it back
up. Let it fall right back down on slack line. Very simple. Just like you do any other worm
or jig when you’re flipping and pitching cover. It’s a great place to throw the tube. Now the tube it’s a more subtle approach so
this is a great bait to use when, say post front conditions, or when the water temperature
is low, the fish are lethargic, they’re not feeding, they’re not very active. If you’re
catching fish on fast moving baits . . . Oop! Just had a bite. You’re catching them on fast
moving baits and they weren’t biting it, the bite dies off or whatever, then go back in
here with a tube, you can catch a lot of fish that way. So that’s one way to do it. Now, another way is you let it sit and just
drag it on the bottom with the reel. I just point the rod tip down, I’m dragging it along
and just letting it crawl on the bottom. Here I’m trying to imitate like a crawfish or maybe
a sculpin, something along those lines. Some kind of a fish that’s feeding off the bottom,
that’s what I’m trying to do. Just kind of slowly crawl along the bottom. And a lot of
times the fish will pick it up just when you’re doing that. Now how fast you crawl it, really
depends. You’re gonna have to play with it a little bit and figure out what it is the
fish want. One other way I like to fish the tube is a
little bit unique to the bait itself, and that is I like to go over submerged weeds,
say standing weeds. Milfoil, hydrilla, coontail, that sort of stuff, anywhere from 10 feet
deep and deeper. I’ll take the bait and I’ll just drop it over the side of the boat here
and feed it some line and get it down there towards the bottom, all right? Once it hits
the bottom then what I’ll do is, I’ll bring the bait up a couple feet of the bottom and
then I’ll just dance it. Just pop it around like that. And if you’re in real clear water,
say 6 feet or so, 7 feet, 8 feet of visibility you can watch the fish. They’ll come up and
look at it. And then all you do is drop it on a slack line. Just drop it straight down
until it hits the bottom. When you lift up on it a lot of times fish will have it. You
attract them by bringing it up off the bottom, shaking it like this, giving it a little bit
of time then straight drop. And it causes a reaction strike. They come up to it, check
it out, see what’s going on. They see it fall, and one of them will hit it. Great way to
catch fish when they’re in the weeds. So yeah, I like to flip and pitch it in the
warmer months. I do enjoy doing that but the main areas I focus on in the warmer months,
and in the winter time too a lot of times, is in main lake points. I fish offshore structure
like humps, rock piles, creek channels, anywhere where a creek bend comes in close to the shoreline.
Those are the things I like to target in the summer time when I’m not flipping and pitching
in the shallow cover like this. In the spring and in the fall, definitely go shallow then.
Then I’ll go in the back of creeks, in the back of coves, protected bays, secondary points,
flats. Those are the type of things and again, flipping and pitching into shallow cover like
this, that’s the kind of stuff I like to target. If you do that using some of the techniques
I just showed you you’re gonna catch a lot of fish. For more tips and tricks like this, visit

100 comments on “How To Fish Texas Rigged Tube Baits | Bass Fishing

  1. I liked insight as to what rods and line to use and the helpful suggestions as to where to fish with these tubes

  2. Love the time you take to help others understand different types of fishing techniques.
    Never used a tub before because I was not familiar with it. Now i am set to go. thank you

  3. I went to my pond and tried this right after I watched this video. BOOM! Caught a nice 5 pounder.

  4. this is really helpful to me. i just started bass fishing not long ago. and i use these videos as learning guides to help me this is awesome ty

  5. Thank you for all the informative videos. These have been helpful as I am getting back into fishing.

  6. Thanks for the vid, Glenn. I generally use tube jig heads, but that Trokar hook looks perfect to try t-rigging them. Appreciate it.

  7. Great video! Down here where I live in Florida all the lakes are filled with a ton of weeds/grasses. I've never used a texas rigged tube… gonna try this weekend! Thanks for the education! Keep the videos coming!

  8. I love fishing any plastic bait Texas Rigged butI especially love Texas rigging tube's for flipping pitching in and around heavy cover and vegetation as well as drop offs and dock's! very informative video!

  9. Love It , Thanks for the Video . like I tell everyone Bass Will teach you How to Cautch Bass .

  10. I bought a pack a Reaction Innovation Tubes a while back. I didn't have a clue about how or where you could fish them, but thanks for this great video Glenn.

  11. I have to admit I haven't fished tubes very much but this video explains "how to" very good. I'll tie one on next time and see how it goes.

  12. just entered semi-retirement and discoverd my love for bass fishing again here on Vancouver Island BC Canada, can use all tge help i can get! keep yer tips up guys, and good luck!!

  13. A lot of info in a short period. Like they way he explained every aspect from equipment to were and when to fish.

  14. Awesome video! I fish weeds all the time but never thought to fish a tube Texas rigged. Going to try this for sure. Thanks!

  15. I think I speak for everyone when I say BassResource puts out some great content and I learn some great techniques by watching. The giveaways are awesome too and even if I don't win, I'll still take something away from these videos. Cheers!

  16. I'm returning to Bass fishing after a lengthy absence, primarily from a kayak. Fishing seems to be more complicated now.

  17. We fish grass a lot when hunting redfish for tournaments. We never use tubes but we will give it a shot! #fishingsmarter

  18. nice video thanks for sharing appreciate the tips. do you have any suggestions or tips for someone that wants to start fishing but has a disability(paraplegic)?

  19. Nice vid! Never fished tubes before but I think I'm gonna stock up on some and give it a shot

  20. the tip I'm hoping to try out is the dropping the bait straight down and raising the bait up and dancing it and letting it back down to cause a reaction strike. I usually just cast out and do basic reeling and never thought about dancing it. thanks

  21. Great video. Thanks. I've been wondering about fishing tubes on the river I fish sense no one fishes tubes and the bass haven't seen a tube yet, I thought I would try it out

  22. One of the things that I've encountered when buying thick plastic bait's is that there are no hook size or style recommendations on the back of the package this would help out a lot for someone who is new to Bass fishing. There are so many hook styles, design's and sizes out there on the market that it can be very mind boggling for someone new to the Sport of Bass Fishing.

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