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I am sorry if this is already a topic somewhere, I tried searching but didn't quite know how to phrase it to get results.

 

I've been wondering about bass behavior when they spit out a bait or they never get the hook, all "missed" fish basically. What do they do when a lure escapes from their mouth? Are they spooked and swim to another location/ stop feeding? Or do they hang around and wait for something else to drop by? Basically what I'm wondering if I miss a fish should I give up on the spot where it was and move on or should I keep throwing stuff there? Same goes for caught fish. Does that spook all the other fish in the area to see one thrashing around?

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What I have noticed recently is that if the fish gets the plastic, they close up shop. If they don't, I can usually get them to hit it again.

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ALWAYS THROW BACK. Only time they really wont hit it again is if you actually got a hook into them enough to get them to make a run or come to the top before they pop off. If you rip a plastic out of their mouth or they spit it they usually will sit tight and hit again. If they blow up on a topwater or another reaction strike type bait, try having a plastic rigged up and when they miss is, instantly toss in with the plastic

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i agree hit the same spot again...i do this to my friend all the time he misses a fish i throw there and catch it lol 

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ALWAYS THROW BACK. Only time they really wont hit it again is if you actually got a hook into them enough to get them to make a run or come to the top before they pop off. If you rip a plastic out of their mouth or they spit it they usually will sit tight and hit again. If they blow up on a topwater or another reaction strike type bait, try having a plastic rigged up and when they miss is, instantly toss in with the plastic

X's 2 on this.  Also if a fish misses a topwater strike, instead of reeling in, just give it a pause for a couple seconds, then a pop or 2 and another pause.  Sometimes the fish will hit it again.

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I keep a senko rigged up and ready to go. If I get a strike that misses, I pick up that stickbait and cast right back to the spot. Gets them a high percentage of time.

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Thanks for the info guys! I thought that was the way to do it, just wanted to see what everyone else had been seeing out there.

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Even if you get a hook in the fish it's worth it to cast back. I was fishing a tournament when my boater fought a fish all the way to the boat on a wacky rig. When it came off at the boat the fish just sat there so he dropped his bait back in front of it, the fish bit again immediately. If you hook them and lose them chances are they won't come back. If you hook them, lose them, and don't cast back, then you for sure won't catch them. 

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There's a video of me on YouTube on my friends channel fishingallday31 where I had a missed hook set and casted right back to the exact spot and caught the fish. I then did it again where my friend had it hooked on and missed it then I casted to that spot and got it. 3 weeks ago I spotted a male on the bed and it hit a crankbait 3 times. I go it to the boat dock twice and it shook the crankbait off. Then switched my crankbait over to a strike king one and 2nd cast with it and i got the bass. This time of year when the males are on the beds and when the females are near the beds and I get a suspected bite or I get a hit where I know where a bed is, I will cast there about 3 times or till I get a hit.

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the senko works great a lot of times b/c the bass thinks they wounded the bait fish.  they are happy campers when it comes floating down the water column. sometimes you can score by tossing the same 'missed' reaction bait back in the same spot but burning it out twice as fast as the speed u were using...like a bait fish saying "I gotta get the $@$& out of here!"

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I try to have a lightweighted soft plastic on standby. Not limited to senkos and trick worms, ive used regular old u tail zooms and fluke style baits as a follow up. The key forr me is to be able to get the follow up lure out there in a hurry accuratley and quietly.

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I keep a senko rigged up and ready to go. If I get a strike that misses, I pick up that stickbait and cast right back to the spot. Gets them a high percentage of time.

 

This is what I do most of the time.

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How aggressive the bass is determines if the same bass will strike the same lure again. Bed bass will definitely keep protecting the nest site for example.

Bass often feed in groups with bass of similar size so this is also a factor. If only one bass is feeding in the area you caught a bass or there is a high percentage more of the same size bass are there.

There is a debate regarding releasing a bass caught may shut down a hot bite because the released bass gives off a warning. I have had a bite shut off after releasing a bass and have released several bass on one spot and continued catching bass. I do not like to put bass in my livewell and usually release a bass immediately, unless tournament fishing, which is only a few charity night events.

Tom

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depends on what/where you're fishing. 

 

a lot of times, i'm fishing the banks and i'm very close to the fish when that happens. if that's the case, i rarely throw back because i will actually see the fish bolt away after spotting me. you will either see the flash, the actual bass or a ripple on the top if they flee usually. 

 

if you think you are far enough away and don't see the signs, throw something back. worst thing that happens the fish is gone. it's still the most high percentage cast you have at the moment. 

 

if i missed a fish on a moving bait, i will throw something like a soft plastic and work it slowly. it will be either the same size or smaller than the original bait. 

 

if i missed a fish on a soft plastic or jig, that i was working slow, i'll throw something that moves and work it moderately. once again, it will be the same size or smaller.

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I always throw back. Even if he got my plastic.

 

An example I have is a team tournament, I had a hit and set the hook. Due to my neglect, my line broke. (That's why you should retie often!) My partner threw right back to the same spot, and BAM, hooked a bass. He got it to the boat and low and behold my bait and hook were in it's mouth. My hook hadn't penetrated but was sideways in it's mouth. We added it to the livewell, and I got my bait and hook back. ;)

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