The tube and worm is a highly effective striper fishing technique, especially on Cape Cod during the heat of the summer.
All my life I have enjoyed trolling tubes throughout Cape Cod, both during the day and during the night.
Over the years I've had success with the tube and worm in Cape Cod Bay, Buzzard's Bay, Vineyard Sound and off the Outer Cape. It's a technique that probably works almost everywhere stripers swim.
However, up until the other day I had never before seen exactly how striped bass attack tubes. Today I'm excited to share with you a series of images that capture the tube and worm bite.
The Deadly Tube & Worm
The following images were taken about ten days ago on July 9th. In these images I am using a 20 inch red tube and worm, which would be my number one choice for a tube.
You may notice in the image below that there is no sea worm on the tube. That's because the worm had already been nipped off the hook by another bass.
I highly recommend tipping your tubes with a fresh sea worm. The bigger the sea worm the better, but even a tiny little piece of worm can help to generate a bite. I believe scent and taste is important when trolling tubes.
However as you're about to see, this particular striped bass didn't seem to mind the worm's absence.
After watching hours of underwater footage, I have seen just how sensitive and in-tune striped bass are to anything that enters their mouth.
For example, this bass initially chomped down hard on the tube and hook.
Based on the image above you would think the sharp steel hook would've instantly penetrated into the jaw of the bass.
Yet somehow the fish must have felt the hook and tube, and within an instant spit the entire rig out.
This entire sequence of events occurred in less than 3 seconds.
Based on these images, I estimate that this striped bass was probably around 36 inches in length.
During the summertime on Cape Cod I have a lot of confidence with the tube and worm, and here on My Fishing Cape Cod we have an extraordinary amount of resources for tube and worm trolling.
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Best of luck if you are able to get out fishing this weekend!
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