#1 Striped Bass Lure

The patented "Deadly" SANTINI TUBE LURE

Catches all kinds of Saltwater game fish



The Santini Tube Lure's unique patented design is attractive to all gamefish including:

Striped Bass
Yellowfin Tuna
Blackfin Tuna
Bluefin Tuna
King Mackeral
King Salmon


Best Results: For Bass and Blues

Use 45 - 80lb lead core line, with a 6 foot 60lb mono leader. 1/0 black crosslock swivel attached to the tube or if you are fishing your favorite rip you can use wire line.

When you are ready to fish, attach your favorite bait (I prefer the biggest select seaworm I can find) and troll the tube very slow and close to structures, boulders, islands, kelp beds, piers or sandbars.

Usually I fish from 7 to 20 feet of water and I let out one color (30 feet) of leadcore line for every fathom (6 feet) of water. Most of the time I have two colors out.

Hold the rod out over the gunwales at a 90 degree angle and wait for the tell-tale tap...tap...of the Striper. When you feel the tap, DO NOT set the hook. Just wait a couple of seconds, because the fish is just smacking the bait. The Striper will come back and hit the "Deadly" Santini Tube Lure so hard it will hook itself.


Best Results: For Big Game Fish

Use squid strips, ballyhoo, mackerel filets, etc. Can be fished on outriggers or downriggers.


Best Results: For Surfcasters

Keep the "Deadly" Santini Tube Lure close to the bottom while reeling in.

Many first place stripers have been taken with the Santini Tube Lure. Just remember to fish slow and low. - Pete Santini


Best Results: For Surfcasters










My name is John Makseyn and I fish out of Swampsott Harbor. I met Pete Santini about 8 years ago at a fishing show at the Braintree armory. Let me tell you that was the luckiest fishing trip of my life. Everybody at the show was aggressively selling merchandise ranging fron magazine subscritions to 9 er rigs; Pete was the only person who had pictures of striped bass and bluefish that he and his friends had caught in Boston harbor. That really impressed me. I immediatley recognized Deer Island, Outer Brewster and Long Island and all these beautiful striped bass and bluefish. Well Pete suggested that I come in and visit him at his store Fishing Finatics in Everett, spool up a few reels with leadcore line and try trolling the now famous "Santini Tube and Worm". It is impossible to count the many thousands of bass and blues that I have successfully caught and released over the last 8 years.

Thanks Pete, John Makseyn

From the NES Saltwater Fishing Board

Cod fishing report - 11/10/04

Posted By: Bruce Munson

Date: 11/11/2004

I had the incredible opportunity to join Barry Gibson and Pete Santini, and Capt. Captain Chuck Distefano, aboard the Skip-A-Dory yesterday. Yes, the morning started out very cold, but the wind lay down, the sun was out, and this was probably the best groundfish trip I have ever taken.

Even though I have my own boat, and she is in the water ready to go, whenever I get a chance to fish with gentlemen I respect, I'll jump at the chance.

Barry Gibson, in his role as an editor of Salt Water Sportsman and the chairman of the RAP is an intense fishermen. He was working a big cod so close to the limits of his gear yesterday, that he snapped his rod in half and he kept on the battle without skipping a beat.

The two fellows I had never met or fished with before are the guys I wanted to mention here though today.

I've seen Pete Santini on TV, and we have all heard about or trolled with his tube rigs. What I did not know was what a character he is. So personable and so funny and so incredibly knowledgeable, dare I call him an expert?, on all kinds of rigs and tackle.

I was trying several of my own rigs and different jigs I have acquired. I wasn't having too much success. Out of the corner of my eye I saw him put his rod in a rod holder and tie up a new rig, putting it in a tote. Then he told me that I should try that setup next. That's when I started hooking up. It had a florocarbon leader, and a long skinny silver jig, (as opposed to the wider flat ones I was using) but the remarkable item was a plastic teaser he threaded on. This was a sparkly green and black fish-shaped lure that I never would have thought would be a teaser. We were all using these teasers in a very short time because they made all the difference.

Pete was also catching using clams on a rig I have never seen before. I just this morning read in The Fisherman that this is called a Chincoteague Rig. When Pete first dropped this rig loaded with clams, I thought he was going to fish for fluke. Then he brought up a double header of keeper cod on this rig.

When yesterday's pictures come back from the lab I'll post a shot of this rig.

If you guys are still getting out to the near shore for cod, you might want to give Pete Santini a call at his store and get some of those green sparkly teasers and have him make up one of these bait rigs for you. He is going away on Dec 4th (fishing vacation I believe), so I'm going to get some of these before he goes away. I think he call the teasers color of the teasers "peacock green" or "penguin green", just tell them it's the one he named after the bird on a lettuce box. The store address and his phone number, etc. are on his web page.


The Captain we fished with is Captain Chuck Distefano. I learned a great deal about coordinating the information presented on a sounder, on the chart plotter, with careful and deliberate boat handling.

On my own boat I have gotten into a pattern of zipping of to one spot, and if the fish "aren't there" zipping off to another spot and looking there, and doing this all over the ocean. I was taught that this style is called "run and gun" fishing.

The difference I saw yesterday was that Chuck had incredible confidence that he knew where the big cod were going to be, he would sometimes only move us about 50'. His sounder was set up very different than mine (I'll be making some changes indeed) and he could point to blips from the bottom and knew what they were depicting.

We'd drop the rigs and start jigging and without a hookup in a few minutes, he'd call for all rigs up, and then he's move the boat slowly in a widening circle. He was incredibly patient. Then a few minutes later, he's stop the boat, and we'd drop. If we missed on the first drop, we hooked up on the second.

We moved around the bay a bit until Chuck had a sense of the conditions the fish favored, then he set boat movements to spots that matched those conditions.

Here is his web site address:


I've seen his name mentioned in many articles concerning chartering in Boston area waters. Know I know why.

I caught my largest cod ever yesterday, and look forward to posting the pictures as soon as I get my hands on the digitized files.

We all had an great time and caught some amazing cod (some of which have already made it into my own chowder recipe). Now that I've had an opportunity to fish with so much knowledge around me, and had so much success with rigs you would never though would work, with a slow and deliberate boat presentation, and where all laughing and chatter stopped immediately with the words "fish on", I'll undoubtedly find that my own style will change.

BTW - I get asking "What do they call this place?" (Naturally I wanted to get back there again.) But they kept answering me with names I'd never heard before. One spot they called the "Free Range" area of the Bay. There is a hint for me in that name somewhere. But I haven't figured it out yet.

When these guys talked coordinates, they spoke of lining up the red can with the dead tree on the shore line. I love that kind of talk.

- Bruce

Pete, this is for all those who don't believe in the greatest lure on the market - the proof is in the catching not the fishing.


Arnie of Beverly, Ma

Looks like a regular Boston/Swampscott summer. The Red Sox are "ruining my summer" and the Santini Tube is "killin em". When I'm catching the nice fish, I say I have got to let Pete know it still is the best. But sometimes I'm busy with work and fishing, so don't get a chance. But today I want to make sure I tell you, if there are fish around, the tube has caught them for the last month and a half. Sometimes I think about going after those BFTuna, but I have a hard time tearing myself away from the fact I'm consistently catching nice size stripers. Not a bad problem.

Thanks again,

Dan Mazzaferro

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