Totally Tubular….

I am looking for any tips you have about crappie tube jigs.

Tube jigs are one of the best crappie lures there is, when used correctly. There are few things to consider when using them.

1. Tube jigs are best suited to ultralite fishing, so use and ultralite rod and reel, or crappie pole. I would go no heavier than 4-pound test line, and a 1/16 oz. jighead.
2. Use tubes in conditions that are best suited for them, such as clear, shallow water with submerged cover.
3. Cast the tube right into structure. They are semi-weedless by design, and very cheap, so don’t worry about losing one. They should ideally represent a dying minnow, falling into the crappies lair, so just cast it into cover and let it sink, with imparting any action to it initially. Most strike will be on the ‘drop’.
4. Allow the tune to rest on the bottom for 30 seconds, or longer, then slowly raise the rod tip. Be prepared, because many strikes happen on this initial movement,.
5. On the retrieve, keep the tube as close to the bottom as possible. Move the rod tip in short, side-to-side movements to mimic the action of a scurrying baitfish or crawdad.

Happy fishing.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow crappie fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on crappie fishing since 2004.

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