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I was using a 10ft crankbait about 2" long. The first cast I caught a 4lb bass, the 2nd cast I was reeling and something hit it HARD. I know setting a crankbait usually just means reeling faster, but this hit so hard my instinct had a little jerk to it, almost as if I was setting the hook with a T rig or something. Needless to say something, either in my rod or reel, made a loud crack as if it was breaking. I kept reeling in and nothing was there. I really don't know if that was a big bass, or if maybe I caught on a stump or limb and when I jerked it came off. I could see how that might feel like a bite. But I have been fishing for a while now and in that moment, I really didn't think it was anything other than a fish. Just curious if you guys have ever snagged something not alive but initially assumed it was a fish. Also, I kept fishing there and couldn't snag that *stump* again...

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Yep.  Generally, they don't feel like a fish hitting.  I caught a rod and reel one time.  Thought I had huge flounder on.  Another time I caught a rock and landed it.  Coming up from 30 feet of water it felt like a huge walleye.  Weighed two pounds.  Still have it sitting on my TV table.

  Did you get your lure back?  Couldn't figure out if you did or not.  If you got the lure back, it most likely was a fish and and by doing a hard set you might have pulled the lure out of it's mouth.  Been there and done that. Did you figure out what went crack when you set the hook?  I'd be more concerned about what went crack.  Like newriverfisherman said, weird things happen when you're fishing. Enjoy them.

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   I don't know where you are, but it sounds like you may have met Mr. Morone saxatilis, the striped bass, or his hybridized cousin, the wiper. They hit hard, like a runaway freight train (it seems), and very fast. The speed makes them seem like more than what they really are. Although usually a good bet for a solid hookset, I've had a few hit hard and drop the hook. 

   If that's what it was, you could be in for a really fun time fishing!          jj

  

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Impossible to tell without catching it really. I've had big bass inhale crankbaits and feel like almost nothing. I've swung on plenty of rocks and limbs I swore were bites. I had a 2 or 3lb carp that I snagged in the side on a shad rap a couple winters ago that I was sure was monster bass until I saw it. My dad fought a stick all the way to the boat once calling for the net the whole time because it was a long stick that was swinging and appeared to be moving side to side because of the water resistance, I've had a couple rocks do pretty similar.

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Did you have any feedback with influence from you? If something was tugging when I didn’t put any pull on my end, then I conclude it was a fish. 
 

I hate those think you got something and it even feels like feed back but its a snag. The one “snag” I really don’t like is snagging derelict line. Sometimes it “pulls back” like a fish, lol. 

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You will never know.

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Could have been a striper, could have been a limb.  Who knows.  I have snagged/foul hooked bass and stripers that freight trained it and at times feels like its gonna take the rod outta your hand.  

 

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6 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

've had a couple rocks do pretty similar

I don’t know how you guys are catching rocks but I must need sharper hooks! ?

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10 minutes ago, frosty said:

I don’t know how you guys are catching rocks but I must need sharper hooks! ?

Some types of rock are soft enough a hook will penetrate a bit. Others just get spots where a hook can catch them just right. Now we have the added feature of zebra mussels making any rock catchable, if they don't cut your line first. 

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I remember my wife trying to get her lure out of a downed tree one time when the “tree” started swimming away. It was  a big musky that eventually cut her line. 

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Besides the usual catching tree-pounders, last month I hooked my first big snapping turtle. It hit really hard, I set the hook hard, and about 2 turns of the reel handle, and it actually started pulling drag like a saltwater fish. I was fishing a 7ft heavy with 50lb braid, with the drag locked all the way down, so I knew whatever it was probably wasn't a bass. Managed to get it to the surface before it let go. Never rule out those turtles lol 

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Here in Florida you never know what's going to be on the end of your line.  I've hooked huge gators numerous times.  Caught a three foot turtle fishing a worm on the bottom and a big catfish flipping cover.  In South Florida, it might be a python or a shark.  I'm fairly sure they have a T. Rex down there somewhere...

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One of our two week trips to Ontario [late 60's] and nobody was catching anything.

 

Pappy kept diggin deeper and deeper into that old huge tackle box pulls out this black and white feathered monstrosity with a mother of pearl spinner saying "I haven't seen this in many years".

 

First cast, about 1/2 way back and his favorite Shakespeare 'President' bends in half and his 15# mono goes 'Twang" and he never saw that ugly old spinner again!

 

We were getting close to the deeper section where the locals fished for lake trout. Whatever it was, it was BIG.....

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This happened to me smallmouth fishing in early June.  I was throwing a 1/2 ounce chatterbait for bass and I had already caught one a while ago.  It felt like a normal bass strike, was a decent fish.  The second one his the lure so hard it almost pulled the rod from my hands.  I immediately thought "muskie" but it turned out to be a bigger smallmouth.  Musta hit it like a submarine because I haven't had a bass attack like that in a long time.

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14 hours ago, jimmyjoe said:

   I don't know where you are, but it sounds like you may have met Mr. Morone saxatilis, the striped bass, or his hybridized cousin, the wiper. They hit hard, like a runaway freight train (it seems), and very fast. The speed makes them seem like more than what they really are. Although usually a good bet for a solid hookset, I've had a few hit hard and drop the hook. 

   If that's what it was, you could be in for a really fun time fishing!          jj

  

That was my first thought, if you have those in your lake.  Or it could have been a different fish.  Look up what types of fish you have in your lake.  You can catch all kinds of things that don't normally eat the type of bait you're using, just because they were hungry, and it was there.  Or maybe you snagged something.  I've snagged a few fish by accident over the years.  

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18 hours ago, kiteman said:

I was using a 10ft crankbait about 2" long. The first cast I caught a 4lb bass, the 2nd cast I was reeling and something hit it HARD. I know setting a crankbait usually just means reeling faster, but this hit so hard my instinct had a little jerk to it, almost as if I was setting the hook with a T rig or something. Needless to say something, either in my rod or reel, made a loud crack as if it was breaking. I kept reeling in and nothing was there. I really don't know if that was a big bass, or if maybe I caught on a stump or limb and when I jerked it came off. I could see how that might feel like a bite. But I have been fishing for a while now and in that moment, I really didn't think it was anything other than a fish. Just curious if you guys have ever snagged something not alive but initially assumed it was a fish. Also, I kept fishing there and couldn't snag that *stump* again...

Hold up... Y'all aren't setting the hook when your fishing with a crankbait?  I know you can't pound em like you would a jig or something, but theres gotta be some sort of sweeping/jerking action?  Right?

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23 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

Some types of rock are soft enough a hook will penetrate a bit. Others just get spots where a hook can catch them just right. Now we have the added feature of zebra mussels making any rock catchable, if they don't cut your line first. 

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That’s a heck of a rock to catch! I have yet to find any zebra mussels, I don’t think they’ve made it into the small waters I fish. 

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On 7/21/2020 at 5:58 PM, kiteman said:

I was using a 10ft crankbait about 2" long. The first cast I caught a 4lb bass, the 2nd cast I was reeling and something hit it HARD. I know setting a crankbait usually just means reeling faster, but this hit so hard my instinct had a little jerk to it, almost as if I was setting the hook with a T rig or something. Needless to say something, either in my rod or reel, made a loud crack as if it was breaking. I kept reeling in and nothing was there. I really don't know if that was a big bass, or if maybe I caught on a stump or limb and when I jerked it came off. I could see how that might feel like a bite. But I have been fishing for a while now and in that moment, I really didn't think it was anything other than a fish. Just curious if you guys have ever snagged something not alive but initially assumed it was a fish. Also, I kept fishing there and couldn't snag that *stump* again...

 

Happens to me almost every time I fish! I've had tree branches hammer my bait!

9 hours ago, ajschn06 said:

Hold up... Y'all aren't setting the hook when your fishing with a crankbait?  I know you can't pound em like you would a jig or something, but theres gotta be some sort of sweeping/jerking action?  Right?

I usually set the hook but not as hard as I would a worm hook. Kind of a half-arsed hookset. I see it in most of my vids. Sometimes I don't.

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