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10 hours ago, TnRiver46 said:

No clue. I can’t even remember if I caught 4 or 5 or 6 fish by the end of the day so i definitely can’t calculate ratios 

 

If you can't remember, then it's a pretty safe bet to list this as your day's catch, given the variety of fish you catch: lmb, striper, drum, bluegill, and mahi mahi. 

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I would say most days I’m between 60 and 90% I do not deal with reeds but deal with strong current. I’ve learned how to fight fish in the current. Drags set good and when to let them run when to dig and get them in the boat are feel. No matter what bait I am using. Ned, crank,  top water, drop shot  I set the hook as hard as I can. Coming from the musky world it’s just what I do. 
 

You thought about using a high speed reel? This way you can manage slack line better keeping the line tight and the rod bent. Line tight, rod bent then the drag needs to work. I adjust drag as needed during fights.

 

another idea. Focus on what your equipment is doing. Sure it’s great to see the bass Juno run etc. watch your rod tip, watch your slack line. How much is your rod bent. All keys to landing fish. Also being sitting down in a canoe fight the fish with more a side angle. Don’t fight the fish like you see it on tv rod tip high. Keep it to the aide and lower to the water. You musky fished. You know to keep the rod low to neutral only going high if need be.   
 

I have no doubt you are a much better angler than me. I’m sure you know all of this. Sometimes we just need someone to point out something. 
 

also most time I lose a fish is a smaller one I never think got a hook in it or fish that go airborne.

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For me it depends on the bait/hook type and species.

 

For smallmouth, I’ll land about 70/30.  For largemouth, my ratio is more like 90/10 - I do love it when that 5/0 gets driven home.

 

But my frog hookup ratio is dismal (<50%) and I’ll lose another 50% of the ones I hook.  (I’m working on that, but the learning curve is painfully long). 

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On 6/16/2024 at 8:16 AM, Mike L said:

I assume your equipment is up to par ( a (light spinning rod is not it)

 

A heavy or medium heavy action rod that's at least 7 feet long and a sizable bait casting reel spooled with 30 or 40 pound braided line would go a long ways here.  You need the winching power of a BC setup combined with the rope-like feel of braided line in this situation where heavy cover is present.  Anything less will lose fish.

 

As @T-Billy would say, straightbraidbrigade.

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Honest response...very rarely.  The majority of the fish I lose are the ones that self release out of my kayak. 😆

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If we're talking the first bite of the day, I'd say about 10%.  Unless I get bit right away, I have a habit of zoning out and getting distracted and completely missing that first bite.  Then, I get upset enough to get focused and I'm usually pretty good, unless I go another 2+ hours without a bite.  Then the process resets. 

 

It's not that I don't set the hook in time, it's just that I don't set the hook hard enough. 

 

After that, it depends on what I'm fishing with.  I'm probably in the upper 90's with a straight shank hook and maybe in the 50's or 60's with an EWG where the eye is inline with the hook point.  I hate those EWG's designed like that, but they are about the only thing I can pull cleanly through reeds and water willows. 

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8 hours ago, Susky River Rat said:

I would say most days I’m between 60 and 90% I do not deal with reeds but deal with strong current. I’ve learned how to fight fish in the current. Drags set good and when to let them run when to dig and get them in the boat are feel. No matter what bait I am using. Ned, crank,  top water, drop shot  I set the hook as hard as I can. Coming from the musky world it’s just what I do. 
 

You thought about using a high speed reel? This way you can manage slack line better keeping the line tight and the rod bent. Line tight, rod bent then the drag needs to work. I adjust drag as needed during fights.

 

another idea. Focus on what your equipment is doing. Sure it’s great to see the bass Juno run etc. watch your rod tip, watch your slack line. How much is your rod bent. All keys to landing fish. Also being sitting down in a canoe fight the fish with more a side angle. Don’t fight the fish like you see it on tv rod tip high. Keep it to the aide and lower to the water. You musky fished. You know to keep the rod low to neutral only going high if need be.   
 

I have no doubt you are a much better angler than me. I’m sure you know all of this. Sometimes we just need someone to point out something. 
 

also most time I lose a fish is a smaller one I never think got a hook in it or fish that go airborne.

 

I appreciate all of the above. It's good to have reminders. 

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I reached a new low over the past weekend. I went 1 for 12 landing muskies. Dirty buggers were just nipping the rear treble on my cranks. Super frustrating. I wasn't alone though. Guide buddy and his clients went 1 for 7 yesterday throwing pounder bulldawgs. 

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Just now, Susky River Rat said:

@ol'crickety I am a firm believer good mechanics will land more fish than good gear.

 

Agreed. 

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6 minutes ago, T-Billy said:

I reached a new low over the past weekend. I went 1 for 12 landing muskies. Dirty buggers were just nipping the rear treble on my cranks. Super frustrating. I wasn't alone though. Guide buddy and his clients went 1 for 7 yesterday throwing pounder bulldawgs. 

 

They're not just the fish of ten thousand casts. They're also the one fish of ten strikes. 

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depends on what lure i'm fishing with. topwater naturally winds up being about 50-60%. moving baits tend to be closer to that 90-100%. I hardly ever lose a fish on a red eye shad, but when I do it's almost always a giant

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17 minutes ago, Susky River Rat said:

@T-Billy musky are just escape artists. Those toothy scoundrels can get away or off anything. 

Absolutely. The most challenging fish we have to get to bite, and the most challenging to get into the net after ya stick one, especially when fishing solo. At least all those lost fish this week were 30 somethings. No heartbreakers. When those bigs get away....... deflating, is the best way I can describe it. 

The challenge, the big rewards, the big let downs. Absolutely addictive.

13 minutes ago, ol'crickety said:

 

They're not just the fish of ten thousand casts. They're also the one fish of ten strikes. 

It's not usually near that bad, but recently it's been brutal.

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12 hours ago, Skunkmaster-k said:

I use spoons a lot. Spoons are fun, but they don’t have the highest land rate. 

 

I'm still new to spoons, but assist hooks and maybe counter intuitively changing to a single hook has benefited me.  But yes, still not a great landing ratio.

 

scott

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I'd say over a season I land around 95% of what I hook....

Although on nymphs I'd say its 98% and on lures slightly less than my average so 92%...ish

Takes wise................on nymphs I hook into about 95 %.....on lures about 70%........I'm including all the little bumps on the retrieve and when they take on the hang etc.....

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I seem to be loosing way more fish on a texas rig in the last several months. Before this I was no less then 90% bite to land. I'd say now I'm maybe 50/50. I am intrested to hear what you think maybe the causing this. 
   None of the Equipment i used for the t-rig had changed. Most of the fish seem to be throwing the bait. 

 

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On 6/18/2024 at 2:23 PM, T-Billy said:

I went 1 for 12 landing muskies.

 

1 for 12 is still better than 0 for 12. 😂

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18 minutes ago, gimruis said:

 

1 for 12 is still better than 0 for 12. 😂

I like your attitude. You're a true "the glass is 1/12th full" kinda guy. 😂 As frustrating as that run was, most of them bit in the 8, so even though they escaped, they got my blood pumping.

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I'm below 50% and most of those are close to the boat.

I think I'm getting lazy on my hook sets and maintaining pressure.

Gotta work on that.

 

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4 minutes ago, BucksBasser said:

I'm below 50% and most of those are close to the boat.

I think I'm getting lazy on my hook sets and maintaining pressure.

Gotta work on that.

 

 

I'm about 50% too, however my landing percentage varies greatly from hour to hour. This thread has me thinking about how many I land when I'm fishing. Yesterday evening, in my first hour, I landed about 15% of the bass that hit. I think I lost some of them because the bass were half hitting. They'd grab the tail of my Crush City Mayors and run with just the tail in their mouths. Later in the evening, when they fully committed, I caught about 85% of the bass, losing a few to mostly jumps. Some of the largies jumped so high that I mistook them for smallies. 

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Be careful with threads like this.  Every time I get to thinking, and post that I don't lose many fish I lose a BUNCH.  

 

So......I never get them in the boat.

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