AWESOME Fishin' Day, Andy!
Down here in Mississippi, I've grown quite fond of Tubes...and this just happened recently, about the last 3 months (not counting my very few experiences with them over many years).
This past Friday, a 4" Tube delivered a Largemouth Bass that, due to my lack of planning, had to be released, and was my Personal-Best Largemouth. I have a Ruler on the side of my little boat that's not positioned for "precision" measuring/length-aquiring...You have to hold the fish horizontal, but back-up/belly-down...You can't lay the fish down. I think this was a major mistake. This Football Bass was between 21.5" and 21.75"...holding it up...sagging in the middle. I believe if I could have laid it down, it would have crossed that Hard-To-Reach, Over-Okhissa-Slot-Place of 22".
All but 1 of my fish, Friday, ate the Tube. I'm REALLY diggin' the Tube's Versatility (and effectiveness!!!). I can fish it like a Craw or Worm, but also Swim/Twitch it like a Jerk/Minnow style bait...all while remaining weedless...it goes anywhere.
Fish eat Tubes...period. I'm with You on that one, Andy Sir! FINE Job Bro!!!