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What is your confidence bait?

Every angler has a go to bait or "secret weapon". When asked the questions "why that bait ?" the typical answer is" I don't know, it just works " For those of you out there who have the same answer... I have great news for you! It's not luck! The reason this works for you is because you have spent endless hours mastering every aspect of this bait, right? Now imagine if you did the same thing to every other bait in the box? The key to becoming a great angler is to become adaptable and versatile, because as we all know conditions and patterns can change overnight. If you are like me, at the end of the season my gear doesn't go in the garage. Mine finds refuge behind the bar and while whatching a good hockey game, I start going through my boxes making a list of what worked, when and why, this is how you can conduct a depth chart using a scale of 1 to 10 on your confidence and abilities within your arsenal. Another useful tool is to keep a journal after each day of fishing. Now you can research everything you need to know from choosing the right colors to types of presentations for your new bait of choice.

At the start of last season I wanted to focus on bagging some bigger fish. After conducted my own skills assessment, I determined I needed to spend more time focusing on deeper water. Every time I went out I would concentrate on only one thing and that was my weakness. Before I knew it, I was culling fish 1.5lbs bigger than my usual average. Why, because I spent the time researching and trying new things. Give it a try and hold on.

All this and almost forgot to tell you what my confidence bait is... a texas rigged 7 inch green dinger worm that I like to work along weed lines and docks.

We would like to hear what is your confidence bait.?

I have seen it more times than I care to remember! Setting the hook too soon is a common mistake many anglers just can’t shake off!Any top water bait used requires a main rule of thumb when setting the hook;

 

 

wait until you feel the weight of the fish then send the hook home! By waiting, it gives us a sign that Mr. Bass likes what he has in his mouth and doesn’t want to let go. Basically, to him, it is an easy meal. If you take it away too soon the Bass doesn’t have time to grab and go, then munch! Feeling the weight of the Bass ensures good hook sets so be patient. I know it’s hard to do, especially when your heart is racing with unbearable excitement. The reward on the end of our line is well worth it!

“That’s fine and dandy”, you ask! “But what about baits used below the waters surface?” Another sure sign of when to set the hook using baits below the surface is petty obvious. When you find your bait moving dramatically or even barely from where you first put it I would say; set the hook now! Movement signifies the fish’s intent. It definitely likes what it has in its mouth so why wait, set the hook! Any awkward movement from my bait boosts my confidence in knowing that fish will be in the live well. Now, when nibble, nibble, nibble seems to be the scenario, then it’s our best guess when to set the hook.

This signifies a Bass with a full stomach or a lethargic fish due to a cold front or just cool water. When nibbling is felt then time is needed. Let the Bass feel no restriction in the bait and give it ample slack line it needs to explore its new found food. After a few seconds pass or lack of fish detection, move the bait slightly with the rod tip and if you feel weight, set the hook. Many times the movement of the bait will provoke a strike, especially when its taste buds tell it to. This is why scent is good to use on cold front days or heavy pressured fishing real-estate. It works!

Don’t let little nibbles fool you into thinking the Bass are small. Quite the contrary, there have been many instances where that little nibbler bends the rod into oblivion sending a smile across my face from ear to ear. Is there a better feeling?

 

 
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