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So I've had some of these for a couple of years, but haven't used them much 'cause they're a pain in the butt (for me anyway) to rig! Is there a secret to rigging these things? Hooking them in the nose of the tube a threading then on tears a giant hole in it, but shoving the jig in from the rear takes forever and I almost hooked myself several times.
 

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Dennis, this is the jig. It's meant to fatten up the head of a tube in order for it to more resemble a goby.



It's best to wet the jig & the tube then slide the jig into the tube & then tie it to your line. That's how I do it, and then I cast them out, let it sink to the bottom & rip-it/snap it back to the boat. It gets some vicious hits.
 

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QUOTE(Zib @ Jul 21 2009, 07:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Dennis, this is the jig. It's meant to fatten up the head of a tube in order for it to more resemble a goby.



It's best to wet the jig & the tube then slide the jig into the tube & then tie it to your line. That's how I do it, and then I cast them out, let it sink to the bottom & rip-it/snap it back to the boat. It gets some vicious hits.

ill stick with my shiners and perch they get some good strikes too, that and im lazy
 

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Yeah, it takes a little extra effort to rig, but well worth the results. I find it helps to cut a small slit in the tube (from the tail forward about 3/8") for the hook to rest in. The short shank hook isn't quite long enough for most 4" tubes to lay straight with the weight shoved all the way in.

The In-Fisherman magazine has a great article in this month's issue by Great Lakes smallmouth expert Joe Balog. He discusses the merits of the Big Dude head and how snapping a tube can help you catch bigger fish. I've been doing it quite a bit over the last few weeks and it definately works! I've just about torn my wrist and elbow to shreds, but it's worth it
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That jig was developed by one of the best SM anglers around, Mark Zona. Like others said....wet it with spit (don't stick it in your mouth, its lead) or better yet...wet it with your favorite brand of crawfish scent and push it in from the back. Some brands of tubes will stretch better than others so experiment with a few brands.
 

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Poke a hole in the front of the tube with the hook before inserting the jighead, that way you're not pushing against all the air the jighead traps inside the tube.

Lube it up also, as others have stated.
 
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