"When the water hits 40 degrees, that's when you really need to slow down your presentation". Those were the words of my new friend Simon, otherwise known as "Bite Jonzer" on Facebook. I only wish I was a quicker study, but after Simon boated 2 musky and I only one follower...it was time to rig a tube "Jonzer Style"
Simon graciously set up one of our new 12" Gator tubes with a very light wire rig that incorporated 3 3/0 trebles. The result was a evenly balanced soft plastic tube that could be fished like a glider style hard bait. We fished mainly points and weedlines anywhere from 5 to 25 FOW, it was almost like the fish were still in an early fall pattern....except they wanted the bait in slow motion.
It wasn't long before I felt an unusual tap and light tug, but my reaction was quite the opposite. After a short 5 minute battle, my first musky of the day was in the net ! We kept on that pattern for the rest of the day, fishing until it was dark. Score 13 musky sighted with 4 boated.
From what Simon tells me, this rig is deadly in the summer as well. It's the slow rolling and undulating tube tenticles followed by quick pops and jerks that turn " the fish of a thousand casts" into a sucker for soft plastics. What I found amazing is you can cast a huge 12" plastic tube all day with half the effort required for most large profile baits. Hopefully it's not time to winterize the Ranger yet, Bite Jonzer say's the Detroit River bite is on fire :)