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When I started I could not hook them.Not stupid,but just ignorant to the technique.

I would sometimes fish a creek with a cane pole and plastic worm.I would watch for bass to come by and plop the worm in front of them.It actually worked pretty good.

In the same creek I saw a huge bass on the other side.10+.I had one lure beside blue plastic worms.It was a little George.Sort of a deep water crank bait.I threw it over to the bass.(water was maybe 2 feet deep) and it got hung in a tree and spooked the fish.

First big bass I caught was on a big doughball.4 pounds.Got hung in a brush pile and I swam out and got him!!

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When I started I was throwing a frog on a 6'6" spinning rod with 6lb mono. Thankfully I didn't catch a fish otherwise I would have been out $7. 

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I used to worm fish on a 5' ultra light ugly stick. And I'm not talking finesse worms, I mean 4/0 EWG's and 10" powerbait curly tails. 

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2 hours ago, yonyonson said:

When I started I was throwing a frog on a 6'6" spinning rod with 6lb mono. Thankfully I didn't catch a fish otherwise I would have been out $7. 

same here, except i was on a boat in december trying fish ON TOP OF the ice!

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10 hours ago, You_Only_Live_Once_Fishing said:

same here, except i was on a boat in december trying fish ON TOP OF the ice!

LOL I have a very funny mental image of this. 

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11 hours ago, You_Only_Live_Once_Fishing said:

same here, except i was on a boat in december trying fish ON TOP OF the ice!

Teasing the bass??

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I was a one month in the springtime trout fisherman. When the stocked trout were gone so was I. I maybe got out once or twice for bass at a big lake were we rented a boat. I found out my ultra lite fishing setups with 4lb test wasn't working. My cheap $6 Wal-Mart reel was good for trout but the bass ruined it. The bail and drag were toast. The bubble pack Wal-Mart quantum reels were a big step up for me anyway. I switched to Excalibur silver thread line and still use it today on my fin-nor and OKUMA spinning reels. The bottom line is we need good, decent equipment. 

My pb10# was caught on my Shakespeare rod and quantum reel 8# test Excalibur silver thread copolymer line. 

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Before I knew a thing about bass fishing we'd pick them up while trolling for trout and instead of being excited like I would be now we'd be upset about the "green carp" we were catching. Lots of missed opportunities.

On the flip side, the only bass lure I had back then was a spinnerbait and we would slay them one after another from mid-May to mid-June every year. We'd throw them for a couple hours in the morning before trolling for trout/kokanee and that was the only time we'd bass fish all year. Now that the majority of my fishing is for bass and I have more gear/tackle than I could use in a lifetime I can't buy a bite on a spinnerbait most days. Go figure.

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When I started fishing I used plastic worms like real worms, I put them on the hook and waited. I never caught anything. 

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16 minutes ago, RafaelM said:

When I started fishing I used plastic worms like real worms, I put them on the hook and waited. I never caught anything. 

That's funny...  because now days they call that a finesse technique!

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Two stories, one about my friend and one about me. A couple of years ago a friend and myself were up at Black Lake in NY. We were talking in his boat while he was throwing a frog and he told me the first time he fished a frog he keep missing fish and finally he noticed that he never took off the clear plastic tubing around the hooks. As he tells me this a bass hits his lure and he misses the fish. He reels in the frog and, sure enough, he has the clear plastic tubing still on the hooks. I still bust him about that. Now my story, when I first started to fish for bass I was using a worm like a zoom flluke only faster. The worm barely hit the water and I was reeling as fast as I could thinking the fish would catch up to it eventually. I think I only got one bite that way by shear luck.

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The first decent bass I ever landed, I was about 5 years old. I have fished since 2 or 3, but caught only sunfish and tiny bass. This bass was the biggest one I had caught and I was super stoked. My dad was next to me helping me. In all my excitement, 5 year old me asks my dad "how much does he weigh, like 80 pounds?!". My dad, with a perfectly straight face and without missing a beat replies "Nah, about 2". Took the wind right out of my sails. I still remember this like it happened yesterday. But hey, I was 5 years old so I had a free pass ;)

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2 hours ago, RafaelM said:

When I started fishing I used plastic worms like real worms, I put them on the hook and waited. I never caught anything. 

 

That's what my non-fisherman father used to do...  thread the hook into one end, feed the worm on until the hook was covered, then break off the excess worm.  

His crowning moment though, was when we were out for a family boat ride on Lake George, NY.  I was a young teenager, and was driving the family Glastron bowrider w/65HP Merc outboard down the lake.  My dad started rooting around for the telescopic spin casting rig he always kept in the boat.  When I asked him what he was up to, he told me he was going to try trolling.  "That's how the guys catch those big lake trout and salmon; trolling."  He then proceeded to clip a Fred Arbogast Hula Popper onto the big brass snap swivel and pitched it off the stern at about 30MPH.  He almost got spooled before I stopped the boat.  :-)

Tight lines,

Bob

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Ate a few really big fish I wish I had the education to let go.  Oh well.  Could be worse I guess but it still bothers me.  

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3 hours ago, RafaelM said:

When I started fishing I used plastic worms like real worms, I put them on the hook and waited. I never caught anything. 

same, although i used scent and it worked three times this year, i tried doing it last december and waited 4 hours in the snow with no bites

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8 hours ago, RafaelM said:

When I started fishing I used plastic worms like real worms, I put them on the hook and waited. I never caught anything. 

Here in Florida/South Alabama they call that dead sticking.

When I use to fish saltwater in Tampa I had a huge kayak and needed an anchor for the current. Bought the anchor got to the spot and paddled out. I grabbed the anchor and the line and tossed the anchor. The anchor line just floated on the water, it was not tied. $45 bucks sinks really fast. 

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