How they bite

Dennis Huskins

I have noticed something new to me this year. I would appreciate any comments that agree or disagree with my observation. I am hooking up with 75% of my bass hits even with a far foward weedless single hook on a soft minnow, creature, or long worm. They seem to go for the foward part of the bait. The pickerel are short hitting all my lures. The soft minnows come back with a missing paddle tail. My hookup rate is 15%. It is like they want to cut off the tails and then come back to finish off the struggling injured bait fish. Sometimes it is just a hard bump and they are gone. Do any of you have a similar experience or observation. What about the other preditors. ? Bowfin?  What say you Henry, Philipe, Brian, Angelo, Bill, etc?

Posted by Dennis Huskins Elite Member created over 8 years ago - last updated over 8 years ago
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Bob Apjohn

I get the "forward" hit/bite if I'm fishing with the current, sometimes hooking them under the gill plate or under the mouth.  Soft baits like the storm swimbaits I'll loose the tail if my retrieve is too fast.

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Daniel Plaza

the happens a lot when the bass are short bitting i been using some kicknbass crawfish scent and now they just inhale the hole six inch zoom finesse worm

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Brian Shea

I've noticed that fish without teeth just suck the whole bait in but fish with teeth try to injure the bait before eating it. That's why even a small bass can be hooked on a big lure and pickerel are biting off your tails.

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Bill Greenwald


My primary bait this  year has been a T riggged 5" Senco type worm.  Bass hits seem to favor the head end, 2 bumps and the bait starts moving, set the hook.  75 - 80% hook-up rate seems about right.

On the other hand, the few pickerel I've gotten on this rig seem to have bitten from the rear, and the hook-up rate is much lower.  The hook-ups have been preceded by numerous 'hits'.

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Mike Mcdaniels

I've been tossing a lot of nose hooked drop shot rigs because the real deep closer to tail hooked baits have been ending it cutting my line so the swallowed hook doesn't kill the fish. Also my frog bites have resulted in better hook ups this yr. I feel it is because they are swallowing the bait and not just holding it to be ripped out.

Posted by Mike Mcdaniels Expert Member over 8 years ago - Report Abuse

Jessica & Angelo

This year Bass been great with a 4in junebug worm they have been swallowing it my hook % 80-85 I just been flipping it on edges anything cover let it set the Bass been taking it on the drop in just sitting on it. Sometimes when the Bass or pickerel are just taking the tail let them run with it a little bit longer mostly pickerel are trying to chew it 1st. Only caught 1 on the Worm and I was sight fishing that day saw this 14in pickerel worked the worm quickly darted to the worm he chew it chew it and finally inhaled it then I set the hook perfect hook set on the side of his mouth. Than again I only use a little 4inch worm.

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Rea Newhall

Sorry I'm late on this Dennis I'm still getting used to the site. I only use Zoom Fat Alberts when targeting pickerel in weeds or pads. Short, fat and durable. Excellent tail action on them as well. They are also my favorite for bass in the weeds and pads. You can texas rig them like any other soft bait. The pickerel usually grab the whole thing. Rarely do they bite the tails off. I'd say 70% hook up rate for me with the Fat Alberts.

Posted by Rea Newhall Expert Member over 8 years ago - Report Abuse

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