Xpress Boats pro Bill Lowen reaches for a 4-inch flipping tube over a lot of other plastics when bass are in shallow cover. He feels tubes have fallen out of favor with some anglers due to baits balling up on the hook and missed fish on the hookset, but these issues are attributed to rigging mistakes, not problems inherent to the lure.
He walks us through 3 critical rigging best practices to do the following when fishing tubes:
- keep the bait firmly secure on offset wide gap hooks
- redirect hookset force into the fish rather than back into the plastic
- impart more action on the tube in order to trigger reaction strikes
Follow these tips, and you'll rediscover the magic of this staple but often overlooked shallow bass fishing plastic.