Tubes are Timeless
The Spiral of Life
Tube baits are timeless. They've always caught and always
will. They say diamonds are forever. I say tubes are timeless.
They say tubes (which spiral as they fall) represent dying
baitfish. I say the spiral fall of a tube bait represents living
baitfish. Observe the next pod of shad you see. They swim in
incessant circles. So you see no other bass lure so mimics that
circle of life like a tube.
On Friday evening forays, they say it's wise to have a designated
driver. On Saturday morning forays, I say it's wise to have a
designated chaser. A tube is often my designated chaser bait.
When fishing other lures, I'll keep a tube rod at my feet. Throw
a chaser tube on the same bass that barely sniff the
top-dollar-hot-tech-ultra-realistic products that they follow to
the boat. Then toss in a simple shredded glove finger, let it do
it's spiral of life. Whack! Tubes tempt bass.
Typically made of a strong rubbery
material, tubes are among the most durable and lowest maintenance
of all soft baits. They don't tear easily. On an insider jig
head, they are among the hardest soft baits to pull off or pull
down the hook. The same rugged tube chaser can last all day.
Whenever you miss a bite on another lure, when a bass follows a
bait boatside or trails another hooked bass...don't wait. Throw
the chaser bait.
Take a leading shot at where the chaser bass was last seen
headed. Let the tube spiral down. A quick-acting team partner's
best to do this. Designate one shared chaser rod between you, and
one of you grab it and toss in on every hooked fish.
Most of all, remember this: Even when you never see a chaser
bass, one is often there unseen. And if you are lucky enough that
a net is needed, have your partner keep the chaser bait dangling
in the water during the netting and unhooking process. Your team
will catch a lot more bass by doing so.
Tubes are timeless. In the never-ending spiral of life, tubes
tempt bass. Always.