To human eyes, many effective lures look nothing like fish food. Tube baits are a great example of this. Comprised of a little more than a hook and length of latex tubing, tube baits look nothing like fish; nevertheless, they are virtually irresistible to hungry ‘cudas, who likely mistake them for needle fish. Many anglers rig their tube baits “Texas style” with a nose weight, and jig them across shallow flats.
1. Cut a 24-inch-long length of steel leader with the wire cutters. Thread the leader through the eye of one treble hook, and fold it back against the main strand.
2. Place both strands in the leader sleeve, about 1/8-inch away from the treble hook. Use the pliers to crimp the leader sleeve, and lock it into place. Trim any excess wire with the cutters.
3. Cut a 12-inch-long piece of surgical tubing with the wire cutters. Cut one end of the tube straight across and cut the other end at a 45-degree angle. Cut a small hole in the side of the tubing near the middle with the wire cutters.
4. Thread the leader through the angled end of the surgical tubing until the free end of the leader emerges from the straight-cut side. The treble hook prevents you from pulling the leader all the way through the tube.
5. Pull a small loop of leader through the hole in the side of the tubing with the pliers. Thread both sides of the loop through the eye of the second treble hook, and then thread the treble hook through the emerging loop. Pull the leader snug from the free end.
6. Slide the sinker on the free end of the leader. Pass the free end of the leader through the eye of the swivel and fold it back against the main strand. Place both leader strands in the barrel sleeve. Crimp the barrel with the pliers to lock it into place.
Items you will need
- 30-pound-test steel leader
- Wire cutters
- 2 double-barrel leader sleeves
- 2 treble hooks, size 2
- Needle-nose pliers
- Swivel, size 2
- 1/2-inch outside diameter surgical tubing
- 1/2-ounce sinker
- If you prefer the nose weight to remain stationary, use a weight thin enough to fit snuggly inside the end of the surgical tubing. Alternatively, you can tie a second swivel on the line, right in front of the weight.
- If you do not have leader sleeves, you can use a haywire twist knot to connect the hooks and swivels to the leader material.
- Experiment with different tube colors to see which is most effective for the current conditions.
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