I'll be the first to admit that tube baits are a little strange looking, but they can be just what you need to catch a bigger fish that is no longer fooled by ordinary worms and grub baits. We all remember when Bassmaster Elite Series Pro Denny Brauer flipped a tube bait to win the 1998 Classic, but since then tubes have dropped a bit in popularity. I'm here to tell you -- use that to your advantage! As the summer months heat up and fish grow weary, you'll need something they aren't used to seeing. That's when I tie on a Rite Bite Gitzit.
Available now on Tackle Center, the Rite Bite Gitzit is a versatile tube bait that can be flipped, pitched, jigged, or even drop shotted. Heavily salted and thick walled, the Rite Bite Gitzit is surprisingly durable, so you can use it on more than one fish. The key to flipping and pitching the Gitzit is a making a gentle entry with as little surface commotion as possible. Raise your rod tip just before the Gitzit hits the water to lessen its impact for a more natural fall.
I usually weight my Gitzits just a bit, rarely using anything heavier than a 1/8-ounce. Once you add your weight, hop your bait around in the water so you know exactly how heavy it feels. Remembering how the bait feels underwater will help you detect subtle bites.