Ever wonder why some Fishermen catch more fish than others, Here are some tips and tricks to catch more fish!
Often to many times you head out on your fishing trip with high expectations of filling the boat with more fish than you can count. Then while out on the water, you realize you are not meeting your imagined quota, but you noticed that several others are. Is it just a bad day for you or is there more to it? Maybe the other fishermen know something that you don’t! Here are some tips and tricks that might even the playing field.
- How to use the Texas Rig for plastic baits:
Texas Rig or Weed less Rig, as it is sometimes called, is the most widely used among fishermen because of its ability to move your baits through heavy cover and most weeds without getting hung. It is a simple process of using a variety of worm hooks or straight hooks with a bullet weight on top of the hook. Some Senko Worms or Brush Hogs are heavier in weight and do not need the use of weight with it. So first decide on whether or not to use a weight. Sometimes trying it both ways is a good idea to see what the fish prefer. Heavier baits react better without weights. The next step is deciding on the size of hook and variety of hooks you prefer. Gamakatsu or Owner hooks work great for this technique. The size of hook usually is determined by the size of the worm. The larger the worm, the larger the hook. Best way to determine the hook size is to lay the bait down and align the hook beside of it. There should be enough of a gap away from the worm and the hook should reach close to half way in the middle of the bait. One other determining factor is the size of the line. The stronger the line, the stronger the hook and larger diameter it will need to be to prevent the hook from breaking before the line. Once you have decided on weight or not and size of hook, start by sliding the hook into the worm on the top of it. Push it in to the start of the bending of the hook, usually about 1/8 of an inch, at this point start rounding the hook so that the tip starts to come out of the side of the bait. Usually the underside. Push the hook all the way to the eyelet of the hook. You will want to bury the top of the hook slightly into the bait so that the weight fits well on top of the bait. From this point, you take the bait where the hook will enter into it in the middle and scrunch the bait upwards slightly and push the tip into the bait. The key is have the bait look as straight as possible and leave no evidence to the fish that there is a hook in the bait. Also make sure not to push the hook all the way through the bait. Just enough to get the barb in. This is what makes it truly weed less. Not to worry, if a fish strikes it, it will move through the bait and set the hook in the fish’s mouth. Presentation is absolutely key here. You want to leave the bait looking as natural as possible, otherwise it will not produce very many strikes.
When fishing Texas Rig, if the water is real muddy, consider using tungsten weights or brass weights with a glass bead or rattle tubes to allow the bait to make noise and draw attention to it. Now that your bait is rigged and ready, it is time to cast it out and start fishing. Cast towards fish holding cover, a little past the point of where you want to fish, so not to spook the fish in that area. Cast it out and allow the bait to sink to the bottom. At this point start to slide and shake the bait of the bottom. Raising the rod upwards and in a slight jerking motion up and then push the rod down to allow the bait to swim off the bottom and fall back to the bottom. Try a couple of different retrieving speeds to find out what the fish like on that particular moment. Generally in cooler water slow the retrieval down, but sometimes that is the best technique even in the summer. This rigging technique is also very good for flipping in heavy cover. Just work the worm up and down in a shaking motion making sure the bait always touches the bottom. All the best bait, weights and hooks are available on our website.
- How to use Carolina Rig for plastic baits:
A Carolina Rig is a top bass fishing rig that is one of the most effective rigs in fishing. It often catches fish when other methods do not. It is a simple rig that keeps your bait closest to the bottom and covers a lot of ground at the same time. This type of rig is good for when fish are feeding close to the bottom. When they are hovering at different depths then choose different methods as this isn’t for depths. Start this rig with a 3/4 ounce sinker, a bead and then tie on a swivel. Then tie on a leader usually around 24-30 inches long. Fluorocarbon line is best for this because of it very low visibility and low stretch strength. At the end of the leader, tie on a hook that is used for rigging. Rig the worm or bait with the hook just like you would with Texas rig, but without the bullet weight. Gulp baits work excellent on Carolina rigs, due to their scents. You can and should use good attractants on your baits to attract the fish to your bait trailing behind the weight on your leader. Work the bait similar to Texas rig, but more raising your rod up and down, than shaking it. The leader will allow the bait to flutter more because of the long leader. Give the Carolina Rig a try and hold on to the rod, as it produces strikes quite often.
- The third and final bait in this article is the Crank Bait:
Crank baits come in many sizes and shapes and most importantly, depth ranges. There are a tremendous number of colors to choose from in these baits. They all have one common factor which is they have a bill that it used to move the lures under the surface of the water. They are probably the most common baits used for bass fishing. The general rule with these baits is the longer the lip in front of it, the deeper it will dive down in depth. These baits usually have two treble hooks dangling from it and sometimes three. While they can get hung on cover and weeds, these lures usually travel with lip and head in a downward angle the makes the hooks tuck under it and prevent them from hanging up. These baits are cranked in continuously and can be at different retrieval rates, and should be at different speeds until you find what the fish are desiring on that day in that particular location. A slow action tip cranking rod works best on these lures, as it is more flexible rod that works the bait better and bends more when fish strike, preventing pulling the hooks out from the fish’s mouth. Crank baits can be sinking or floating baits. Several of the floating lures can be used for top water action. Cast them out and pull the rod to make the lure travel just below the surface and then slack the rod to allow it to float back to the top. This is a very effective technique in the early morning and late afternoon, when fish generally feed on top at these times. Throughout the day, lipped and sinking crank baits work well as they can reach depths to where fish are hanging out. Fish will usually hang out a deeper depths during hot days, which makes these baits a good choice, due to the fact that you can use specific ones for specific depths. These lures should mimic the types and colors of the bait fish that are usually present in those fishing locations. The more natural looking and movement of these lures to the live bait fish in your fishing spot, the likely you will experience more strikes. You often have to experiment with colors to get the more finicky fish to strike. Another good technique when using crank baits is to bump them off the rocks when possible, as the noise and movement from this maneuver greatly captures the attention of bass. Trying different speeds of retrieval and different depths and colors can change the number of strike produced. Once you discover the mood the fish are in that day, It’s Fish On!!!
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