If you fish for stripers anywhere on the Northeast coast, you’ll want to have a Santini Tube Lure in your tackle arsenal. This long, plastic lure probably imitates an eel (although the stripers aren’t sayin’), and is best trolled on leadcore or wire line. It was designed by Everett, Massachusetts, tackle shop owner Peter Santini, and is an outstanding lure for taking bass during daylight hours, when the fish are holding deep.
There are several keys to fishing the Santini tube effectively:
- Place a live seaworm on the hook. The scent of the worm apparently convinces the bass to strike after first being drawn to the swimming action of the lure.
- Troll the lure as slowly as possible; between 1 and 3 knots is ideal.
- Troll the lure through areas with good current flow and a boulder-strewn bottom in 10’ to 15’ of water.
Trolling outfits usually consist of a 6’ boat rod and a conventional reel filled with either wire or leadcore line. The latter is easier to use and works well in depths of 15’ or less. Use a 6’ fluorocarbon leader of 50-pound-test to connect the leadcore to the lure.
The most popular tube color is dark red, although fluorescent green, hot pink, and black all take fish on certain days. Try the brighter colors in low-light situations and darker colors on sunny days.