View Full Version : Crappie grubs and tubes

01-14-2010, 09:58 PM
What size tubes and grubs are used for crappie?

speck tackler
01-14-2010, 10:10 PM
Generally, anywhere from 1 1/2" to 3".

01-14-2010, 10:26 PM
... 1" - 1.5" - 1.75" - 2"

Though, I do have "some" baits that are slightly larger. Generally speaking, though .... most seem to use the 1.5 & 1.75 inch sizes in tubes & grubs. Curlytails may be longer.
When you look for tubes & grubs ... look for the designation "Crappie" tubes/grubs. Generally speaking, they will be in the smaller/shorter length range.

While it is true that a Crappie has a huge mouth, and can easily take in a bait that's relatively large .... they are prone to feeding more often on things that are much smaller, in relation to their mouth size. While it is true that I've caught Crappie on baits as large as 4" .... I've caught many, many more, & just as big (or bigger) on 1.5" baits. ;)

... cp :cool:

01-14-2010, 10:34 PM
I have some grubs and tubes in the 1.5-3in range. I buy them in chartreuse or chartreuse/black since i've caught several sunfish using grubs in that color.

01-15-2010, 06:06 AM
As a general rule I will use 1.5 baits 90 percent of the time. It is what I have confidence in. Occasionally I offer another one at 2.0 inches and that would be on a double rig tightline rig setup.

01-15-2010, 07:24 AM
Stick with 1.5 or 2 depending where you are in the country, but there is always room for 1 and 3 or even larger if they are really super picky or real aggressive. If there are tons of fish and your just getting the agressive youngsters, switch to a 3 or even 4 inch grub or swimbait and you'll get the larger ones.

1. Research the local pro's. See what they are using.

2. Have a variety of sizes, styles and colors to use because sometimes you need just the right size and color to trigger bites, and then there is the presentation which is a whole different dimension to consider.

4. Broaden you lures choices to include paddle tails, panfish assassin styles, spinners, and hardbaits.

01-15-2010, 10:00 PM
How are paddle tails and tubes fished? Are they presented like jigs?

01-15-2010, 10:31 PM
im looking for black tube jigs 1-1/2 in bulk... any one have them?

01-15-2010, 10:49 PM
How are paddle tails and tubes fished? Are they presented like jigs? any way you can think of... under a cork...swiming...troll...long lining...on the bottom...moving or not...there is no end to how...

01-15-2010, 11:37 PM
I've noticed that once in a while i'll catch a bass while fishing grubs. There mostly small since the grubs are small.

01-16-2010, 12:31 AM
How are paddle tails and tubes fished? Are they presented like jigs?

I jig them vertically, troll with them, and even cast and retrieve. The sky'sthe limit.

01-16-2010, 02:33 AM
I've noticed that once in a while i'll catch a bass while fishing grubs. There mostly small since the grubs are small.

... since both species feed on the same aquatic critters ;)

Don't be surprised to find Catfish, Freshwater Drum, White Bass, Yellow Bass, Hybrid Striped Bass, Stripers, and any/all manner of other fish species interested in eating your baits :p

Grubs/tubes/curly tails/paddle tails/etc .... are all "minnow" imitators, so they're of interest to ANY species of fish that feeds on minnows. (I'm using the term "minnow" loosely here ... to include Shad, Silversides, and any other indigenous baitfish species, or the fry/young of most all fish)

Also, don't be surprised if a LARGE Bass decides your bait looks "good enough to eat" :eek: .... that day will come ;) Just keep throwin'em, and one day you'll put it in front of one !!

... cp :cool:

01-16-2010, 04:48 AM
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01-18-2010, 07:27 PM
I'd say 1 1/2 to 3 inches for tube jigs or swimmin minnows. We catch alot on crankbaits though and thay,re up to 4 or 4 1/2 inches. You get into aggresive fish and they'll bite bigger baits too. Unless i'm trolling i stick with minnows, 1 1/2 - 2 inch tubes and swimmin minnows.

01-18-2010, 07:48 PM
Anywhere from tiny 1/2 inch to 2 inches. You will catch all types of fish on jigs whether plastic or tied. Have a good assortment and you'll be all set!!!


01-19-2010, 09:25 AM
I use 2" tubes in some form of chartruse 99% of the time, with jigs inserted inside tube, a true 2". I've caught besides Crappie, Bass (some go near 5#), Perch and Cats. One spring morning I flipped my tube under overhanging Cypress limbs & thump, then was a chase round & round with troll motor till he got tired. I netted a blue cat approx 8#. Any & all species will eat em. I've hooked many fast, hard pulling fish I never saw.

01-19-2010, 06:03 PM
I use 2" tubes about 85% of the time.

01-19-2010, 06:27 PM
I use Southern pro skirts and curly tails 1.5" and Charlie Brewer Crappie sliders 2".

Ken Jones
01-19-2010, 06:27 PM
1.5inch. Tubes This is a oops.