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So I'm fishing a river, and there's a bridge about 200 yards away. Cars are going over every few min.. Then about 30 min into being there (no cads had passed in well over 5 min) I see 20+ bass jump up and breach the water all at the same time. Startled me to say the least.. 15 min later or so they did it again, but this time probably around 15 jumped. Anyone know what cased this? 

On a side note, I hooked a MONSTER (at least for me at least 3 lbs if not 4+)  this morning, reeled him in to where I was and started to bring him up out of the water and my knot broke at the hook, with an improved clinch knot does it hurt if I make more then 5 wraps? I've been doing 7-8. Really heart breaking to have one that big get away when he was literally in my hands. 

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Typical for bass to school like that but it could have been another species of fish as well. Try a palomar knot. Just as easy to tie and it has never failed me. I don't always tie it, but wish I had a couple of times. 

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1 hour ago, GetBent said:

Typical for bass to school like that but it could have been another species of fish as well. Try a palomar knot. Just as easy to tie and it has never failed me. I don't always tie it, but wish I had a couple of times. 

Ah ok, maybe it was some other kind of fish. Just odd that they all jumped at the exact same time. I'll have to look into that knot and try that. Really broke my heart to lose such a nice looking bass first thing in the morning. 

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What kind of line? For me, the improved clinch or palomar work fine for mono, and I use the palomar or San Diego Jam knot for braid.  But for fluorocarbon I stick religiously to the SDJ as other knots, at least by my fingers, are more likely to slip. The SDJ is easy after practice, and I have neither heard nor experienced anything negative about it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1gYdceqHNs

 

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2 hours ago, hawgenvy said:

What kind of line? For me, the improved clinch or palomar work fine for mono, and I use the palomar or San Diego Jam knot for braid.  But for fluorocarbon I stick religiously to the SDJ as other knots, at least by my fingers, are more likely to slip. The SDJ is easy after practice, and I have neither heard nor experienced anything negative about it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1gYdceqHNs

 

I've got 12# test mono. I'm thinking I either tied a bad knot which would be odd because I had no problem with the fight all the way into shore, or because I tried to lift him out of the water with the rod. Either way I'm not trying to make the same mistake again. 

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2 hours ago, iiTzChunky said:

I've got 12# test mono. I'm thinking I either tied a bad knot which would be odd because I had no problem with the fight all the way into shore, or because I tried to lift him out of the water with the rod. Either way I'm not trying to make the same mistake again. 

It happens occasionally to everyone, and everyone of course blames his- or herself. I lost two monsters not long ago (one was a 9 pounder I think) -- in a club tournament we would have won -- due to my knot slipping through or getting frayed by the eyelet gap in a Gama 6-0 EWG hook. After that I switched to VMC hooks that have epoxy protecting the gap.

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12 hours ago, hawgenvy said:

It happens occasionally to everyone, and everyone of course blames his- or herself. I lost two monsters not long ago (one was a 9 pounder I think) -- in a club tournament we would have won -- due to my knot slipping through or getting frayed by the eyelet gap in a Gama 6-0 EWG hook. After that I switched to VMC hooks that have epoxy protecting the gap.

I just looked at these hooks, seems to be that some superglue could be used to cover that gap on the eye. I may try that one 1 hook and see how it turns out. 

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5 hours ago, iiTzChunky said:

I just looked at these hooks, seems to be that some superglue could be used to cover that gap on the eye. I may try that one 1 hook and see how it turns out. 

I don't know if superglue will work. Those VMC hooks, for the bigger EWGs (4-0, 5-0, and 6-0) have given me a lot of peace of mind. I don't know why manufacturers don't simply weld the eyes closed -- several companies already do it on some brands of flipping hooks. I suppose it's a pricey process. But as the bait monkey knows, people will pay a lot for things they think will catch more fish.

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3 hours ago, hawgenvy said:

I don't know if superglue will work. Those VMC hooks, for the bigger EWGs (4-0, 5-0, and 6-0) have given me a lot of peace of mind. I don't know why manufacturers don't simply weld the eyes closed -- several companies already do it on some brands of flipping hooks. I suppose it's a pricey process. But as the bait monkey knows, people will pay a lot for things they think will catch more fish.

I just did a quick Google search about them and it said they where coated in some kind of resin or somthing to close the gap on the eye, figured anything would work as long as the gap gets closed so the line doesn't get snagged on it.

 

/e I just tested it out in a 4-0 ewg hook, just a drop or 2 of superglue and kept running a paper clip in and out of the eye till the glue dried, can't get my line to get hung up on the eye no more.  

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2 hours ago, iiTzChunky said:

I just did a quick Google search about them and it said they where coated in some kind of resin or somthing to close the gap on the eye, figured anything would work as long as the gap gets closed so the line doesn't get snagged on it.

 

/e I just tested it out in a 4-0 ewg hook, just a drop or 2 of superglue and kept running a paper clip in and out of the eye till the glue dried, can't get my line to get hung up on the eye no more.  

Nice!

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