A Favorite Flipping and Pitching Choice for Bass

One of the advantages of being the old guy
(that’s what I get called all the time) is that I get to travel the country and get to
fish just about any kind of condition. As you can see looking around us it’s absolutely
great flipping water and absolutely great pitching water. If I could only have one bait,
take everything else away from me, it’s going to be a ring tube. It’s just a soft plastic
tube and there’s really nothing special about it. Everything about creature baits you know
has kicked; you’ve got Brush Hogs and all these different baits. But honestly simple
sometimes is better. I like to rig, this is a Gene Larew Mega Ring Tube and my buddy’s
are going to kill me for this. But if I had one bait it’s it, this is the deal. The main
reason for this is because it is so versatile. I’ve fished all over the country, I fished
Texas, Kentucky, Illinois, Minnesota, and everywhere you could possibly fish. I’ve caught
fish with this bait every single time I’ve been on the water. There’s
something’s I do that might be different than you do and I’m going to show you how to rig
this the way I rig it. Hopefully you’ll mimic it, do something with it, and also catch
a few fish that you might not have caught. What I’m going to do is I’m going to take
a Ring Tube and one of the first things I do is I always use a stopper when I’m pitching.
A lot of guys won’t do that, but I think it’s very very important to have a stopper and
it really kind of depends. This water is fairly clear but I like using black when I can and
basically what you get is a bobber stop, and you just slide that bobber stop on there.
I will give you a little tip on these bobber stops is that they are different sizes. What
you want to make sure you do is when you get your bobber stop on you’re kinking the line
a little bit is what you are doing. So when I get this pulled through just like I did
there you’re going to see i pulled this all the way up on here that I put a kink in the
line. That is just a piece of line that you get rid of. I never throw line into the lake;
I just put it in the boat and throw it away when I get back. But there’s your bobber stop
and that’s going to be able to be pulled down on your weight. Then you want some tungsten.
I think tungsten is a good product to use because it’s so dense that you can use a lot
smaller weight and still pitch it just as far. I’ll put that tungsten on by just running
it right down the center of the tungsten so it comes to the stop. I like a straight shank
hook for this tube for some reason. This is a 6/0 straight shank hook and the keeper is
really important on it. It’s also very important for you to be able to tie a good knot too.
Everyone has their favorite but mine happens to be a San Diego Jam Knot. That’s my favorite
and I tie it on everything. You just basically wrap it around a few times, (I won’t do it
as many as I would) 5 or 6 times and then just run it right back threw the eye just
like that. Then get it a little bit wet so you don’t burn it. I fish a straight shank hook
and the reason why is because you don’t get as much line twist. I think with this tube
it has a tendency no matter what you do if you don’t rig it straight it will twist. So
I like a straight shank hook. I just think it keels better which means it comes through
the water better. I’ve actually had fish eat the bait when you’re reeling it in. But anyway,
we’re going to clip off this tag and again for the environment I never ever leave any
line in the water. Then what I do is I take this tube and you’ll notice on this tube if
you look up close there’s a mold line. That basically is a line the keeps this bait straight.
So when I put it in I’m going to go down to the turn of the hook, push it out right there
on that line so it’s going to be right on that line where that splits at, then you’re
going to push it up on there, and then turn it. Not done yet because I also use a rattle.
Zoom makes a really good one bead rattle and I think that’s plenty because it basically
makes it sound a little bit like a crawfish. I push that rattle up in that tube and this
is the secret part of this is that rattle. A lot of guys will rig it and they won’t put
that on there. Then the final step is I’m going to go ahead and hook it and it’s hollow
so you want to make sure it’s hanging straight when you look at it. I’ve got to push it up
just a little bit further and that bait will hang pretty straight. Then last thing, which
is the major ingredient that I always use, is I always tip the tentacles just a little
bit with dip and dye. The main reason for that is because I think it gives it a little
bit of flash. When you put that in there you don’t have to get the whole tube, just a little
bit of the tube just like that and it gives it just a little bit of flash. The dip and
dyes I use, (you can use any brand you want) I put just a little bit of blue in it. If
you get chartreuse the problem with chartreuse is it’s too bright so i just put a little
bit of blue in it. That’s kind of a tip you can use because you can mix dyes up and the
main thing you find out is that it is just a little bit less intrusive. It doesn’t blast
you like you’re catching walleye and that’s something you can do there. That’s the rig,
which is the deal. It’s a good flipping bait, you can cast it, fish points with it, but
that is a great flipping bait. Gene Larew Mega Ring Tube.

17 thoughts on “A Favorite Flipping and Pitching Choice for Bass”

  1. Terry, my local shops don't appear to carry this tube, but Bass Pro does have a new tube craw that looks like it would be pretty close if you snip off the claws.  Have you tried one of these yet?  I do see that tacklewarehouse.com has your Gene larew version.

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