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What I Have Learned About Bass: To Set The Hook

February 25, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 202

When I first started fishing, I did not have anyone to fill me in on all of the techniques and tips that are important to being successful when fishing. Most of what I know I had to learn on my own. While I do use most of that self-taught knowledge on a regular basis, there are times when I know I need to step back and look for some advice from other anglers.

In this article, I hope to be the one that can give some advice for those who know that they need a little bit more to their repertoire, and as the title suggests, I want to speak specifically about setting the hook. However before I do, it should be noted that these are general techniques and are great to use when you are depending on yourself and an area that you know well. When fishing in an area you are not familiar with you should always find out what works in that area. Research the fish's habitat as well as what works best in this area before trusting on one source of information!

It's important to know that as I often assume most Bass fisherman (like myself) are planted in a boat, so too do I write this article.

First are a couple of things I find to be very important.

You never want to sweep back on the rod after tightening down on your catch. The only thing you are going to accomplish here is to turn the head of the fish.Instead, when you feel the fish, turn to face it and move your rod between nine and eleven o'clock. Then, with a quick drop of the top of your rod you're going to want to give it a quick yank with an over-head strike. This will quickly get the slack out and set the hook. Always be strong and jerk it overhead, this will most assuredly get the hook in every time. Keep in mind, however, that you don't need to flip the boat over as in most cases the fish will practically hook itself!

See how easy this is? Take the boat out of the equation and it applies to fishing from a dock or from the shore as well!

One other thing, and this is for those of you who use top-water spinners like myself; When you feel the fish on the end of your line, give it a few moments before you set the hook. If you don't, you're most likely to either rip the hook from fishes mouth or you will straighten out the hook. Either way leads to the same've lost your bait. It's always a good idea to give it a little play while fighting it, set the hook and then slowly reel it in. Give it the chance to wear out and you'll have yourself Bass in no time!

Richard Noland spends a great deal of his time working with fishing related subjects as well as with fishing tackle. You can find more of his work through Just click on the LINKS page, where you will find more fishing related articles and blogs.

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