A new way to fish tubes (The Boob Tube rig)

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Fish-N-Fool
From your inventor of the Fish-N-Fool knot comes; "The Boob Tube rig".

Here is a new way to fish a tube that I came up with that has turned into a killer technique, See below for the required parts. You cut a piece of old worm about a 1/2' long to make a plug you put into the back of the tube to form a air pocket inside the tube. For a loud rattle you can drop a glass rattle into the tube before glueing the plug in place. I use clear silicone to do that, so the bait stays soft but air tight. A plug off a non-Salt would work best for this, like off a grub or somthing. It is stronger plastic to hold the hook better and it is lighter so it floats. I set up a standard Carolina rig and hook my boob tube with my gammy finesse hook into the part I put the plug into like in the 5th pixs, I go in the center of the plug that I put in and out the side of the tube making sure the hook does not go into the air chamber. This makes the tube float straight up giving it the best action. I like about 15" of line between the hook and the swivel. This makes the bait float up above the bottom of the lake. If you give the bait a little slack it pulls line through the weight and floats up, tightening up on it pulls the bait down and makes the beads clack on the weight and the skirt on the bait flares out give bass something they have never seen before. You can work this rig up and down clacking it and making the bait skirt flare, as you inch it across the bottom. Killer for SM on the Flats and for weeded up lakes it works great with a little longer line from the hook to the weight. I like the brass weights best for this rig as I think they put out the best sound. I use a large bead next to the swivel so it slides over the knot and does not rest on it, so it can't damage your knot. Then a smaller bead for more clack. I make up the baits ahead of time so when you need a new one it only takes a sec to rig up. To stir up the bottom more you can use the backward bullet weight trick for this too.
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Here is what you will need to make the Boob tube rig, first a tube you like, a scrap worm to make the plug out of, a wieght of either lead, tungstun, or brass, a hook (gammy red finesse 1/0), 2 beads one large and a smaller, and a swivel (with or with out the snap).

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Cut your plug about 1/2" long

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If you want put in a glass rattle and then glue the plug in place.

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With the plug in place it will look like this.

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The hook goes in from the center of the plug bottom and out the side of the tube.

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That way when you fish it it will look like this.

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So this is how the rig works if you let line out, the tube will pull line through the weight and float up. Pull on the line and the tube will go back down and the skirt will flare out each time you pull. It looks a lot like a crawdad sinking in the water. When the swivel hits the beads against the weight it makes a loud clack. Plus you can pop the bait while it is floating up to make the rattle in the tube clack. The Smallies seem to love this rig over here. I think I'll call it the "Fish-N-Fool Boob Tube rig" :dance:

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You need to be a line watcher with this rig as when a fish takes it the line will slip through the weight. So the fish will not feel the weight at all and you will just see the line going out, when that happens SET THE HOOOOK!!!! LOL
So, hope you like my Boob tube rig.
 
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Moe
Looks like it would definitely work! Thanks for sharing!
 
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tomriker
looks like a fun little set up, but the bait seems a bit small...
 
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skunk
Nice, I'll try it this spring.
 
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Hawk
Bro, this looks like a reel good idea.

:clap::clap::clap:
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:cool::cool:
 
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GraphiteZen
Hot damn... That's a great idea!!!!!!!
 
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colbypearson
pretty cool a backwards tube on a carolina rig could work, i plug the butt on my tube when i use the biggest size dry creek tube to show them something different you can use mend it to get it sealed a little bit better it works good when you want a sub surface just under the waterline bait around weeds twitch it and it will glide or let it sink and it can be as effective as a senko at time, nice rig- is there a reason you use the snell knot on that or was that just personal preferance?

it would be cool if you could fish it kinda fast maybe cast it out and drag it real quick a time or two and then let it sink again i think if you got the fall rate right it would be pretty good would imitate a fleeing and sinking craw pretty well
 
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GraphiteZen
colbypearson said:
pretty cool a backwards tube on a carolina rig could work, i plug the butt on my tube when i use the biggest size dry creek tube to show them something different you can use mend it to get it sealed a little bit better it works good when you want a sub surface just under the waterline bait around weeds twitch it and it will glide or let it sink and it can be as effective as a senko at time, nice rig- is there a reason you use the snell knot on that or was that just personal preferance?

it would be cool if you could fish it kinda fast maybe cast it out and drag it real quick a time or two and then let it sink again i think if you got the fall rate right it would be pretty good would imitate a fleeing and sinking craw pretty well

The Snell probably gives it an odd action.
 
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colbypearson
GraphiteZen said:
The Snell probably gives it an odd action.

ya i could see how it could give it kindof a dive/dart look to it
 
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Fish-N-Fool
colbypearson said:
is there a reason you use the snell knot on that or was that just personal preferance?

Has nothing to do with the action, I just like to tie a snell to any hook with an offset eye like most steelhead and salmon hooks have. Guess it's a carry over from my steelhead fishing days. I think it is a better knot for that type of hook, anything with a straight eye I always use the Fish-N-Fool knot of course.
 
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Amberjack
So basically you are fishing a tube bait Carolina rigged. My question is how can you insure the tube will float up? Some worms such as Senkos sink. Don't get me wrong I like it, just the floating part has questions
 
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colbypearson
Amberjack said:
So basically you are fishing a tube bait Carolina rigged. My question is how can you insure the tube will float up? Some worms such as Senkos sink. Don't get me wrong I like it, just the floating part has questions

plugs the butt of the tube with a senkos trapping the air if its glued decently it will float, when i do it with big flippin tubes and plug the butt they slowly sink and i walk them over weeds ad stuff.
 
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Fish-N-Fool
Amberjack said:
So basically you are fishing a tube bait Carolina rigged. My question is how can you insure the tube will float up? Some worms such as Senkos sink. Don't get me wrong I like it, just the floating part has questions

Did you read the post? As I stated the trapped bubble of air in the bait will float it like a cork. Most plastics float already to some degree, but will not float a hook without some help. That's why I use the plug cut from a salt free grub bait for the plug when I can so it floats really well. Sinkos have salt in them to make them heavier then water so they sink.
 
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GraphiteZen
boobtuberig-2.jpg

That's not a Senko? Also, that white grainy stuff looks like salt.

With all due respect, you might want to take another photo. That is obviously a Senko. Even without the salt, Senko's are very dense. They are designed to sink.
 
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Hawk
You could probably plug it with a mini marshmallow tooo :lol:
 
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Fish-N-Fool
GraphiteZen said:
\That's not a Senko? Also, that white grainy stuff looks like salt.

With all due respect, you might want to take another photo. That is obviously a Senko. Even without the salt, Senko's are very dense. They are designed to sink.

I know all this and no it's not a real sinko its a cloan. I only used it because I didn't have any other baits I didn't care about to cut up handy. It's not about what bait to use for a plug just as long as it is sealed it will float even with a plug from a salt bait, but it will float beter with one that is non-salt.
 
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GraphiteZen
Fish-N-Fool said:
I know all this and no it's not a real sinko its a cloan. I only used it because I didn't have any other baits I didn't care about to cut up handy. It's not about what bait to use for a plug just as long as it is sealed it will float even with a plug from a salt bait, but it will float beter with one that is non-salt.

No problem. Good rig!
 
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Amberjack
GraphiteZen said:
No problem. Good rig!

It is a good looking rig, a simplified version would be to use a split shot 18" up. I am not a fan of carolina rigs due to having to use 3 knots. Also why use a snap swivel, instead of a barrel swivel?
Also line watching is good, but I like the "Pull up slowly and let it sink again" method. Often times when I have started to pull up I feel weight (feels like a wet paper bag) and there is a fish hanging onto to the bait, also called a "pressure bite"
 
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GraphiteZen
Amberjack said:
It is a good looking rig, a simplified version would be to use a split shot 18" up. I am not a fan of carolina rigs due to having to use 3 knots. Also why use a snap swivel, instead of a barrel swivel?
Also line watching is good, but I like the "Pull up slowly and let it sink again" method. Often times when I have started to pull up I feel weight (feels like a wet paper bag) and there is a fish hanging onto to the bait, also called a "pressure bite"

Indeed. I like using a very stiff short rod when I'm jigging or using swim baits around the jettys. I find that with a little lighter mono, or perhaps a good braid as it's very thin with no stretch, I feel the 'tap' of them inhaling the bait MUCH better. So long as I keep as little slack as possible in the line, I can feel it well enough to the point where I know they have picked up or let it go: One tap, they have picked it up. Two they have picked it up and spit it out again. A bunch of light taps is little fish playing with it but not really picking it up well enough it get hooked or a larger fish just gumming the tail.

Some people are GREAT with pressure bites, it screws my head up haha. I'm too afraid of getting snagged up when I feel pressure so I always end up wiggling the rod around trying to get it off what I think is a stump or something... Well that just shakes the damn thing out of their mouth or triggers them to spit it haha..
 
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Amberjack
Some people are GREAT with pressure bites, it screws my head up haha. I'm too afraid of getting snagged up when I feel pressure so I always end up wiggling the rod around trying to get it off what I think is a stump or something... Well that just shakes the damn thing out of their mouth or triggers them to spit it haha..

Yup, it takes some finesse. I wonder how many bites I have missed. I hate pressure bites, but if thats whats working.... Nothing better than to have a fish just slam the bait, no question then.
 

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