Watching The Fall (Newbie Question)
Posted July 31 2012 - 04:38 PM
Getting right to the question: Can someone give a primer on what to watch for on the fall when fishing soft plastics?
I know that after lifting, you're generally supposed to let the line go slack so the bait can make a slow, unhindered descent. And, I also know that, in theory, you are supposed to watch the line for signs of a bass having picked up the bait while it was on the way down.
As I mentioned in another thread, I picked up my first two packs of GYCB Fat Ikas the other day and started fiddling with them last night. Those things flat catch fish. This afternoon, I got a chance to fish some more and tore them up. Problem is that I tore them up a little too literally. A couple of the bass were deeply gut-hooked. I had no idea they were there until I started to jig up the bait and felt their weight on the line. Neither of those two fish made it (though I did try to follow the gut-hooking instructions that are often posted here).
Both were relatively small, a long way out, and it was ridiculously windy today. All of these factors might've contributed to the reason I didn't feel or notice the pickup. Still, I would love to hear from more seasoned angler ps what I *should* be watching for so, perhaps, I won't have it happen again.
Posted July 31 2012 - 05:18 PM
Posted July 31 2012 - 05:53 PM
Another thing I'd suggest is learning how to unhook deeply hooked fish properly. There are a couple techniques that you can use that will cause little to no harm to the fish so they can be released with the best chance possible to survive.
Posted August 01 2012 - 07:57 AM
Posted August 01 2012 - 08:38 AM
Usually, on a bite the line shoots forwards, or moves forward or to a side, or jumps, or one or more of these. It's sort of difficult to explain what exactly to look for, but you should have a general idea about how fast the line moves when the bait is sinking on its own. Anything different is a bite.
I don't use mono/ fluoro, so I won't know what to look for if you're using those. If it's windy. I hold a taut/ semi-taut line- watch fluemaster's jig fishing video- that's what I'm talking about.
No matter what you do, sometimes the fish eats the bait and sits there; and if the bait happens to be a weightless T-rigged senko, I have had a few gut hooks.
I don't really fish fat ikas the way I fish a senko. Roadwarrior made a post once about dragging fat ikas like a football jig, and that is what I do. If the fish bites while I'm dragging, I feel the bite; if it bites when the bait is sitting still, I can see the bite. That's the theory anyway.
Posted August 01 2012 - 06:17 PM
I will watch the jig video as requested. Just to be clear, I -was- already trying to watch the line but just seemed to be missing something. No new revelations here, really, so I suppose I just need some more experience.
Posted August 01 2012 - 06:30 PM
Posted August 01 2012 - 08:55 PM
W had a thunderstorm blow over right as I was making my last post so I took the weather-induced pause as an opportunity to follow deep's advice. I watched Fukemaster's jig video and it was really helpful and informative.
After the storm blew over, we had some really calm water and low wind. Light was fast running out, but I managed to get out on the dock for a few casts. It was like magic. I varied working the Ika in the short, crawfish like hops (a la the jig video) and larger, senko like draws. I also took advantage of the stillness to really focus on the line behavior. As a result I hooked into four fish in just a couple more than that number of casts. It was really cool to see the way that, after pausing on the bottom, the line would sometime start to move again.
So, I short, thanks..
Posted August 02 2012 - 10:36 AM
Once you have more experiences you will no what we mean, there is a lot of meaning in that statement, but it comes from knowing what your line feels like normally, when there is nothing on it but a lure. Also, I find it helps when worm fishing, or jigging to leave a little slack in the line, so that when the fish takes the lure they will feel less resistance and you should end up with some more fish caught.
I know it is tempting to set super hard, but usually with an exposed sharp hook a good sweep or tap will do it and result in a bettter set
Posted August 02 2012 - 11:30 AM
"A voyage in search of knowledge need never abandon the spirit of adventure."
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