TOTALLY TUBULAR. We keep thinking spring, weather be darned. When we do, our thoughts turn to those shallow largemouth bass under emerging lily pads in muddy brown bays in late May under a warm and sunny sky. Nothing gets those staging bass going like a tube, and we talk tactics and tricks for these quintessential plastics in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: Bag of Fun. Rootbeer colored bass tubes await spring deployment. Simonson Photo.
DAILY CONDITIONS: WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Fri 4/6 – Overnight W/C -12! Hi 16, Lo 4, Wind NW@14, G21.
Tomorrow: Sat 4/7 – Calm Start – Hi 28, Lo 9, Wind SE@11.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:10AM Sunset: 8:20PM
Moonrise: 1:51AM Moonset 11:08AM
Overhead: 6:31AM Underfoot: 6:55PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (67% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 6:30-7:30PM. Moon underfoot and falling winds will help with the bite in tonight’s Edge Hour.
KISS. The simplest way to rig a tube is with an insert jig head. Slide the lead head up through the tube and pop the eye out through the plastic. The lure is easily pitched, tossed and jigged around structure but isn’t the most weedless offering.
RIG IT. A tube on an offset worm hook can be Texas-rigged to make it easy to swim, slither and slide through structure and weeds without hanging up or getting tangled in vegetation. For a 3.5 to 4-inch tube, hooks in size 2/0 to 3/0 will work best – and go up or down for varying sizes. Weighted with a bullet sinker for further streamlining, an angler can send a tube anywhere in the column.
SET IT. For Texas-rigged tubes, remember to set the hook – HARD. It’s not a wrist snap – it’s a baseball swing that’s required to punch the point of the hook through the plastic. If the tube bunches up at the bottom of the hook, readjust the plastic so it slides up the line and gets out of the way with the hard set.