One of the most famous softbait styles of all time, the tube is a proven way to catch more bass on the water. Bassmaster Elite, Bob Downey, is here to share his preferred setups for tube fishing. When flipping and pitching a tube around heavy cover, Bob's baitcasting setup includes a 7' to 7'6" Medium-Heavy/Fast St. Croix Legend Tournament Bass casting rod with 20lb fluorocarbon spooled on a high-speed casting reel. When using a stupid tube, Bob relies on 7'1" to 7'3" Medium-Heavy/Fast St. Croix Legend Tournament Bass casting rod with the same casting reel and lighter line in the 14-17lb range.
For exposed hook tube fishing in open water or for smallmouth, Bob switches to spinning gear with a 7'0" Medium/Fast Legend Tournament Bass spinning rod with 10lb braided line to a lengthy 8-10lb fluorocarbon leader on a 3000 size spinning reel. Bob prefers a slightly stiffer rod for tube fishing compared to dropshot fishing for its better hook-setting properties.