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 So when I hear something on a video or something about I finesse right or a finesse worm I don't really know what they mean. So I was just wandering what does it mean to have a finesse rife it have a finesse bait?

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Normally down sized tackle and line.  Tubes used to be considered finesse, dropshot, smaller baits, weights, etc.  More suttle approach.  Growing up, shaking a 4" Western Worm with a glass bead and small weight on 4-6lb with a spinning rod was pretty finesse.  Split shotting could also be considered finesse fishing.

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From my understanding. Finesse = small

Small foot print

Low impact

People refer to finesse fishing in relation to targeting wishy washy over pressured easy to spook fish

For me I picture tossing a Senko or a trick worm and it splashes

If I throw a finesse worm it swishes

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Finesse is normally referring to smaller bait with little action. When someone is talking about a finesse worm they're generally talking about a straight tailed worm in the 4-7 inch range. 

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Finesse fishing is also based on your presentation.

 

Using the pitching and flipping technique on a spinning rig the bait enters the water softly.

 

You use no or very little weight when possible.

 

As Blue states above, the bait is usually a plastic worm or creature bait from four to 8 inches long.

 

And you fish the finesse presentation slow on the bottom.

 

Go to YouTube and look up Denny Brauer's finesse fishing productions. You will learn all you need to know about finesse fishing from Denny.

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Finesse has a truly different definition from angler to angler. For someone who mostly power fishes, throwing a smaller spinnerbait and slow rolling it may be considered finesse. Great series of articles explaining this in more depth here:

 

http://www.bassmaster.com/blog/what-finesse-fishing-all-about

 

This specific article is the intro to the series. It's a column post by Mike Iaconelli (I think that's how its spelled???)

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Like most everything in bass fishing the terms get hijacked and redefined.

Finesse fishing was a term Don Iovino started using to discribe his doddling technique about 35 years ago.

Don defines finesse, as being precise with presenting your lure to bass with light tackle. Drop shot with 6 to 8 lb line would fall into a classic finesse presentation.

Suggest to get Don's book or video, should help you understand what he called finesse fishing.

Tom

PS, Don Iovino is in the bass fishing Hall of Fame and known as the father of finesse fishing.

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The Professor of Finesse: Guido Hibdon.

 

Old school basser...

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Guido Hibdon is the MAN!!

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 I think "finesse" is a relative term depending on who you ask or where you fish.  For instance, my main line is eight pound mono.  That gets the job done for my bass fishing most of the time.  I consider ten pound heavy mono.  I have one baitcaster with twelve pound mono and I consider that really heavy.  I have a couple of six pound lines too and I consider that a little finesse.  In 2015 I'm going to try five pound mono Maxima for bass fishing and I consider that really really finesse.  I guess over all I'm a finesse bass fisherman.   I mostly fish Texas rig and split shot plastic worms/stick baits/lizards 99% of the time.  I did discover Booyah pond magic spinnerbaits this year and have become a fan of them.  I consider them finesse spinerbaits compared to most others.  I'm also going to try small mushroom jig heads with an exposed hook in 2015.  I thing that is super finesse too.  What I don't consider finesse:  Most crankbaits, jigs with weed guards,  and jerk baits.  

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The term "finesse" is not limited to fishing, it's just applied to fishing. Finesse: do (something) in a subtle and delicate manner.

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Using small baits and light line.

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Finesse fishing is also based on your presentation.

 

Using the pitching and flipping technique on a spinning rig the bait enters the water softly.

 

You use no or very little weight when possible.

 

As Blue states above, the bait is usually a plastic worm or creature bait from four to 8 inches long.

 

And you fish the finesse presentation slow on the bottom.

 

Go to YouTube and look up Denny Brauer's finesse fishing productions. You will learn all you need to know about finesse fishing from Denny.

Sam, I have never seen Denny talk finesse. Google/youtube yielded nada so i'm scratching my head. any links/suggestions?

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