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TUBE LURES- Open Hook Method - by Randy Yarnall
Tube lures have passed the test of time proving to be a
versatile lure of choice and will catch a wide variety of fish
all year long
Tubes can be hopped, swum, drug, dead-sticked, crawled, and
vertical jigged; along with methods of drop-shotting,
Texas-rigging, Carolina rigging, nose-hooking, open jig hooking,
and split-shotting--- to name a few.
Rigging a tube lure using the open hook method greatly increases
the odds for hook-ups especially on deep fish, shallow spooky
fish, or non-aggressive fish.
This procedure is favorable, but not limited, to a rocky bank or
bottom, open water with slight structure, or grassy areas that
are still in the growing stage with firm, green stems and
Matching the weight and the line size to the conditions at hand
will make a big difference for attaining the best lure
presentation, and alleviating hang-ups as much as possible. When
the lure does seem to hang up, forcing it will only drive the
hook deep into whatever is there; so use soft hands and slightly
work the lure, allowing natural buoyancy to work it through.
Fully insert the jig head into the tube head, breaking the
eyelet through the soft plastic. Applying a paste scent
attractant to the lead head, like MegaStrike, will allow the
lead head to slide inside the tube with ease.
Make sure the hook body is parallel from where the eyelet
protrudes through the head to where the curve of the hook passes
through the tentacles of the tube. Tear off the tentacles that
come in immediate contact with the hook shank on both sides.
By following this process, the tube lure will track straight to
you when reeled, swum, or drug. If the retrieved lure comes back
in a conical pattern, the alignment needs to be tweaked in order
to portray a natural swimming presentation, and more
importantly—avoid line twist.
Running the lead head partially into the tube is another
practice that at times will produce a better bite, but keep in
mind that line twist is imminent. Getting through the day
without having to change out fishing line will be a bonus.
There is a wide variety of jig hooks available. Each one has a
specialized application for different conditions. Multi-shaped
heads, eyelet angle, hook length and gap, and hook hardness all
come into play for the diverse obtainable ecosystems.
Adding rattles, foam, scent, or pop rocks, are a few of the many
tricks used to enhance the performance of the lure.
Please take care on the water, good fishing and have a blessed
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