I get a chance to fish Great Lakes smallmouth on a regular basis and have to admit that the #1 “go-to” lure that consistently catches Smallmouth Bass all season long is non-other than a 4″ tube fished on a 1/4 or 3/8 oz. tube jighead.
I have tried different shape and size of jigheads rigged with various hooks. Some have the eye coming off the jighead at 90-degrees, others at 60-degrees. When I am fishing a “sticky-bottom” (lot’s of rocks covered with zebra mussels), I find the 60-degree tube jighead works the best.
I find that that the more slender tube jigheads that keep the “tube-profile” (not a big bulge at the head), sinks faster, and has a more natural action when dragged along the bottom.
Using the right tube-jig rig is not the end-all. Finding a stretch of water that holds smallmouth is just the beginning. That’s where a reliable fishfinder makes all the difference in the world and also having an electric trolling motor to help you drift at the right speed and keep you fishing the “high-percentage” water!