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#1 tlkilian



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Posted September 20 2013 - 05:52 PM

I was fishing today, rigged up with an unweighted senko. I was casting out and on the drop my rod tip would twitch maybe once or twice or three times and then just stop. Are the fish just biting the tail of the worm or are they just bumping it? What are they doing to it?



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Posted September 20 2013 - 06:03 PM

Good chance it's bluegills nipping at the worm.  They will hit worms bigger than they are.

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Posted September 20 2013 - 06:08 PM

That makes a lot sense. They were swarming today.

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Posted September 20 2013 - 07:15 PM

Ya that happens a lot for me little bluegills and perch go at it, at least it keeps you on your toes!!

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Posted September 20 2013 - 10:01 PM

I caught about 7 bass on the the back treble of my rattle trap... and had the same problems with t-rigged worms the a curly tail they kept biting my tail off!!

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Posted September 20 2013 - 10:10 PM

Could be smaller bass, sunnies, perch, etc. Sometimes I've casted to an area numerous times and finally landed the fish I think was nibbling. Its been all the above.


Short strikes can be annoying, but are part of the game.


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Posted September 21 2013 - 12:32 AM

The sunfish wouldn't leave even a 10" worm alone for me on Thursday. It was even worse when I tried a Senko. 

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Posted September 21 2013 - 11:42 AM

Yup its bluegill for sure. They are a pain in the butt. A few weeks ago I was fishing a 5" worm on a shaky head and got two hits on separate casts. I finally got it on the third try and it was an 8" bluegill.
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Posted September 21 2013 - 03:22 PM

Could be a bluegill, could be a sunny, could be a bass so all in all it's most likely a fish lol
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Posted September 21 2013 - 10:39 PM

Bluegill usually give those "machine gun" hits.

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Posted September 22 2013 - 08:14 PM

When this is happening to me, try wacky rigging it if you can without getting snags. It seems to work for me, just having it rigged a different way can make a huge difference.

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