Finesse fishing is a term that anglers use for explaining small subtle baits that work best when fished on light line with light equipment. For many years finesse fishing has been relatively unchanged with the drop shot rig and the shakey head being the best and most used options out there. These are in fact great ways to catch bass and are typically utilized most when the fishing is tough during either extreme heat or extreme cold temperatures. But guess what, there is a new kid in town and trust me it is here to stay.
Zman introduced the NED Rig utilizing there special ShroomZ Head jig head rigged with either a TRD or a Hula StickZ. There is no telling how many fish have been caught on these baits since they where introduced and now Zman has taken their famous NED to the next level. At ICAST 2016 they introduced a new ElaZtech Plastic designed specifically to be rigged on their patented ShroomZ or Weedless ShroomZ head. The TRD TubeZ was the perfect addition to the family.
Tube lures are an old school staple in bass fishing and are often a forgot about soft plastic that will put incredible amounts of fish in your boat throughout all months of the year. The TRD TubeZ is simply a downsized version at only 2.75 inches long that is designed with a solid head that stays up incredibly well on the Zman ShroomZ Head. What's so great about a tube is it imitates so many different prey options at once and it simply looks erratic and natural to a bass. In my opinion the little TRD TubeZ perfectly imitates a small crawfish which is definitely one of the primary forage options for bass.
Lately I have been fishing the TRD TubeZ around docks and brush piles rigging the bait on a 1/6oz Weedless ShroomZ head. If you split the wire weed guards apart the bait works incredibly well around cover hardly ever snagging. Another one of my favorite things about the TubeZ and the NED Rig in general is how well it skips when using a spinning rod. My setup of choice is a 7' Medium Light spinning rod with a 2500 series Quantum Smoke Speed Freak Reel, spooled with 8lb test Vicious Pro Elite Fluorocarbon. Let the bait sink to the bottom then gibe it little pops with the rod allowing it to fall back down and you will be amazed at the bites it entices. While this is a finesse rig it is not a small fish rig. It can put big bass in the boat of all species, smallmouth, spotted bass, and yes largemouth bass are not safe even during the most extreme months of the year.
I'll see you on the water!!!