Strike King Coffee Tube Softbaits
I fished the Green Pumpkin color fo half a day and my other standard tubes the other half. The coffee tubes outfished the standard tubes almost 2 to 1.
March 11, 2008
My new favorite tube
Tubes are one of my top 5 all time favorite baits to throw. I have used them for years and always have one rigged up and ready to go. I have been using several Strike King products lately and have been more than impressed. I found these Coffee Tubes last week and wanted to give them a run. I couldn't be happier.
I found the Watermelon gold with copper flake on sale. I bought the 3.5" tubes. They come 8 to a pack. After using these with great results, I purchased 5 more packs of this color. I do wish they would come more to a pack or in a value pack, but either way I am very impressed.
These tubes are covered in heavy salt. They are also covered in a coffee sent. This has always been a major plus for me. While I can't 100% say that the salt or coffee attracts more fish, I can say that it masks my scent and that catches fish. Packaging was top notch on these. The resealable bag and the small size is perfect for my tackle box and peg board.
I am using the Mustad 4/0 tube hook with these. I have a pegged 1/4 oz weight and have been Texas rigging these. The bass love em. I average about 3-4 fish per tube before its shot. I also use these as a trailer on a 1/2 oz swim jig. I work this like a swim bait never hitting the bottom and bouncing my rod tip up as I retrieve it. With the skirt and tail action of the tube, this makes for something Bass don't often see. I really can't explain it, but it works and lands fish.
I have yet to find a Strike King product that doesn't impress me. With the price of these tubes, I may have found a new favorite tube. I'd like to see more color options in the future, but for now, these are hard to beat.
September 8, 2012
I know that I could go out today and possibly not catch a thing, but the first time I used this bait I caught 2 nice largemouth. Water temp was around 50 and a cold front had come through so I was proud.
The most surprising and most exciting thing is that you can skip this bait a mile using spinning gear. If you ever want to fish docks and have trouble skipping a baitcaster, get a spinning outfit and some of these coffee tubes. Lastly, if your reading this and thinking, "we'll, I can skip baits..." I promise you've never had a bait skip like a tube. Try it out.
I rigged mine with a 1/4 oz tube hook. The hook was exposed and I was amazed at how the bait "moved" under the water and how very little it got hung.
Bottom line: I'm officially a tube guy
March 19, 2013
Work in Progress
I have seen Coffee Tubes used numerous times on Flats Class to catch Red Fish. I have had three days to fish these lures. The material is awesome, STRONG. Hooked into a good sized Jack. It came out in new condition. The jig head had to be replaced but the Coffee tube was in tack. The only suggestion is purchase the Strike King Jig head along with this product.(available from Bass Pro Also) Seems to hold better with the longer barb other wise the coffee tube starts to slide back from jig head. Nothing a bit of super glue wouldnt fix if I had it on the boat that day.
Like to test these out a bit more but they have showed good promise. Need better weather conditions than the first 3 times. I'm sure they will produce. Will update with pics when they do...See you soon.
May 7, 2010