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I'm about 60/40, i.e. I lose about 40% of my bass. There are days when I'm 50/50. If I'm fishing reeds, I land even fewer. I also have days when I'm 95/5. Those days are open water days with bass committing to the hit. What's your landing ratio?

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The last time I went for any amount of time was Memorial Day. I feel like that was a typical day % wise. I caught 17 that day and missed 8 or so, 

I don’t lose fish much if I hook them…

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The environments we all fish can be wildly different and require vastly different gear and landing techniques.

I fish mostly open water early season and I'm around some soft cover late summer & fall. 

My gear & fish fighting style reflects that. 

While I don't like to drop fish, especially big fish.

My angling adventures rarely include losing too many bass.

I may participate in a few long distance releases a year, but for the most part,

it's not sometime that plagues me and I can't really place numbers on it. 

I'd be guessing. 

In truth, I use casting to, hooking, playing & net landing most bass over dink size as practice. 

Besides helping me fine tune my gear and presentation, this Practice

is for the one maybe two, truly trophy bass opportunities I may get a year.

I figure if landing smaller fish is a struggle,

I for sure feel like I'd Dump most every plus size bass I get a shot at.

And that would not be good.

Still might but So Far - So good.

Fish Hard.

:smiley:

A-Jay

 

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I’m gonna hazard a guess and say it’s above 90%.  Probably because the fish I catch are simply not big enough to cause problems.
 

If I do lose fish it is almost always because I goofed in some way shape or form.  For example:  drag way too tight, poorly tied knot, not re-tying often enough, rather than some sort of equipment failure.

 

 

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Pretty good with spinnerbaits and Texas rigs. Less than 50%  with frogs. Tubes excellent , neds not so much. Cranks  average .Just a guess but I'd say 80 percent of fish hooked.

 

 I'm a terrible frog and toad fisherman.

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I’d say at least 90%-95% overall. 


 

 

 

 

Mike

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Probably 75% - 80%.  Like Scaleface, I lose too many frog fish.  I also lose a lot fish on a dropshot around Chicago.  There is so much busted up rock and concrete that it is incredibly easy to fray your line.  I check my line often but I still break off a lot.  Plus, I am a finesse fisherman and light line is easy to break.  I have improved greatly over the years with hooksets, fighting fish, knots, line choice, checking my line often and retying, and netting fish solo.  I think I'm pretty good at fighting big fish using spinning gear and end up landing more of those fish than others.  So yeah....  3 out of every 4 fish feels about right.  

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I have no idea how many bass I never feel inhale the bait...  much better percentage landing 1lb.+ bass than little guys that don't fully engulf a bait.

 

oe

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Depends on the lures. Lipless cranks are the worst.i can be 50/50 with a huge fish on them. Since I've been using a net and not horsing them I've improved that. Big fish are the hardest to keep on. They didn't get big by being stupid.single hook lures I rarely loose them on. Overall I would say l land 90 percent in a season.

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I've had days where I'll lose several fish in a row and others where I may only lose 1 fish in several hours of fishing.

I'd put a spinnerbait as highest hookup ratio and fluke at lowest.

Year to date - 80 % probably.

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Some days it's 💯 

Some days it's, you sure you know what you're doing!

 

Overall 90-95%

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I don’t loose any. Some I don’t bother to bring all the way back to the boat and go through the hassle of removing hooks. Weather I release them close or far, I know where they are,(in the lake) so I don’t consider them lost.

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When a fish is hooked? Probably 90-95%

 

When a fish bites - hard to say how often they have committed or simply hit it and I swing and miss because of something I did or something they did - so I try not to sweat those fish as much.

 

I assume fish miss or reject the bait for a ton of reasons I can't really control and days where every bite is committed are very situational and usually have special conditions being met for it.

 

I shoot for bites.  When I hook fish I shoot for landing them!

 

That's about all I can do and it works well enough!

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I think I do pretty good, especially considering what fish I land, and what fish I lose.  IE, today I boated 7 and lost 1.  The one I lost was a micro Bass, 10 inches long or so.  Most of the time when I hook a decent sized Bass I get it in the boat.  It's my belief that smaller ones are more likely to short strike, and barely be hooked, or swipe at a bait and get skin hooked.  There's also less weight, and resistance against the hookset.  This makes the hook harder to bury deeply enough to stay hooked.

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I'd say just about the same thing. Anything of decent size and above I land just about every time but the real tiny ones find a way off now and then. Not complaining about that though, saves me the trouble of getting the hook out. 

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Are you asking what percentage of bites turn into hooked fish?

Or what percentage of hooked bass end up in the boat? 

 

Two different answers for me. The answer to the first question widely depends on what bait I'm fishing. The worst would be topwater, in which probably only 65% of bites turn into hooked fish. Best would be something like a Ned or Neko rig, in which probably 90% of bites turn into hooked fish. 

 

The answer to the second question is pretty consistent regardless of setup for me. Probably 85% of the fish I hook end up in the boat, I'd say, unless I'm not trying. Smaller fish I'll sometimes give them some slack and let them pop off, but I can usually land them once the hook is in. My landing percentage went up once I started waiting a second or two longer before setting the hook on most of my presentations. Really helps. 

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Over the past four trips and 60 fish landed  I think I’ve dropped 6 on top of that where I’ve hooked them and they’ve come off en route to the boat. That’s about 90% and where I’d expect for single hook baits. Most of those dropped fish were from me horsing them in on light line and not having a solid hook set. Had I taken my time on them I’d be up 3 of those 6. 
 

throwing other baits it will drop to 80-85% give or take. 
 

im not counting pickerel because I reel them as fast as I can with preference that they fall off en route. 

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This season, I can think of 2 bass that I did not catch that were hooked.

 

I’m probably over 100 bass deep this season since May 11, both largemouth and smallmouth.

 

Unfortunately, one of them was a giant smallmouth. May have been a new PB. 😢

 

Muskies seem to spit hooks more regularly. They sometimes get angry and jump like a tarpon, shaking their head, and spit the hook. Plus they have jaws made of iron so a good hook set is difficult.

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Probably 80 to 90% but the ones I lose haunt my dreams.  I think that fishing open water like I do lends itself to a higher landing ratio than fishing in heavy cover. 

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Last night, I lost more than half the fish that hit my chatterbait. That's an unusually high ratio, very high, but that's how it went down. What seemed odd is that every fish I landed had it choked, and every single bite was aggressive. They were hammering that thing, so I don't have a clue why so many came unbuttoned. Some days you're the windshield, some days...

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I don’t consider missing strikes as losing fish! Hooked fish the get away to me is losing a fish. 
I lose very few bass that are hooked but it happens occasionally. The number is very be low and remember 2 bass last year that I farmed. The lakes I fish are deep rocky structure with sparse cove, not much the hooked bass can get into.

Tom

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I would say 90% catch rate for bass.  We have so many exotics that pick at and attack the tail of plastic baits.  the rate exotics are 50% catch rate.  You know who is attacking by the machine gun small bites of Mayans, Oscar’s, and rock bass.  Bass and Peacock bite is solid even with the smaller ones.  Peacock, and Snakehead bite is like being hit by a train!

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