Every angler loves the exciting rush that is felt once you have successfully coaxed that fish into taking the bait that you have presented. However, it is now time to get your prize into that boat. Here are some helpful tips on how to go about this:
Lures with treble hooks can sometimes result in the bass hooking himself once he strikes. However, this is not an occurrence that happens every time. The bass’ jaws are rather strong and it will take a good, direct impact in order for a decently sharpened hook to penetrate the mouth of this fish.
With Crankbaits, you will want to jerk back on your rod as soon as you feel an impact. You will then want to reel in until you feel your line tighten. Since the impact of the strike of the fish will often set the hook itself, ensuring and maintaining the right pressure on the rod can imbed the hook even deeper. Knowing how to use your fishing gear properly can pay great dividends out on the weather.
With topwater baits, it is usually a good idea to wait a second or two before you decide to set the hook. If you overreact and happen to set the hook too soon, you run the risk of yanking this lure right out of the bass’ mouth.
If you are using lures with single hooks such as spinnerbaits, plastic worms, or jigs, these lures will indeed require a strong set of the hook since the bass will usually completely swallow the hook. You will need to drive it to a place where there can be a more solid strike.
Be sure to never set your hook here using the technique of the slack line. Once you feel the bass bite, face it with the rod in between 10 o’clock and 11. Once you have done this, drop the tip of the fishing rod and quickly snap the remaining slack out of your line using a rapid, overhead movement. Always remember to set your hook using a jerking motion in a forceful, upwards motion.
Be sure to adjust your fishing reels for drag, pulling your line past the tip of the rod or by tying a heavy object to the end of your fishing line and adjusting it appropriately. A good tip to remember is to set your drag without exceeding half of your lines pound test. Never set your drag by pulling out line from your spool as this will only serve to bury your line and give an incorrect reading of the lures pull.