I’ve found the XPoint XGap hook, in the 2/0 to 4/0 size, to be one of the best for Texas rigging a tube. The tube is started like when rigging a regular plastic worm. Once the hook is through and turned, insert it into the bottom of the tube so that the point is moving freely. Now push the tube forward and insert the hook’s point through the outer side. To make it weedless push the tip of the hook lightly back into the tube’s outer skin. The point will easily come out on the strike, and provide a greater percentage of positive hook sets
Although this is an old tip, it is still a very effective way to ensure your buzzbaits will run smooth when you hit the water. Simply take a buzzbait and hold it out the window of your car on the way to the lake. At 40 mph, the wind will spin the blade at a Read More…
When using fish attractant with tubes, insert a piece of cotton, or packing foam through the bottom, and push it to the top of the tube, before rigging Texas style. Once the hook is inserted it will hold the “scent holding” material. Now scent can be applied inside the tube, and it will hold much Read More…
How do you trigger the competitive instinct in a bass?
One surefire way is to rig your lures in “tandem” when the situation allows it. Here are some tips on four techinuqes and lures that you can effectively fish in tandem.
Top Water – A “front runner” 8-12 inches in front of your top water popper or spook type bait can be deadly.
Carolina Rigging – Using a 3-way swivel to drag 2 lure choices on a Carolina rig is very effective. One leader should be slightly shorter than the other to give the “chase” effect.
Fluke Rig – The same swivel technique can be used with “fluke” type baits or “sassy shad” type swim baits to catch schooling fish. This is a great rig for catching 2 bass at one time.
Carolina Jig – A traditional Carolina rig with a “jig” weight also offers two options.
The first three examples mimic a predator fish chasing a baitfish, which triggers the competitive instinct in a bass to prove he is at the top of the food chain. Most single catches will be on the front lure.