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when do set the hook, i was using a yum dinger and i felt some big tugs while i was fishing it weedless... I missed once and then later i got a bigger tug when i wasnt holding the rod and somehow it hooked itself (it was 2 lbs 5 oz. decent.)  Then i missed two more, So whats the perfect and right way to hook a bass... I keeo missing them, i know there bass cause they;re big bites, pan fish cant even take the worm.

so how do you set the hook?

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The downside is your probably right, they weren't panfish.  Panfish typically, feel like a tick tick tick tick, pesky fish.  How do you know when to set the hook?  They are several ways.  First watch your line for movement, it may move sideways, twitch, or go extremly slack.  Don't set the hook if it goes slack, reel up first.  If you are unsure when to set the hook if you feel the tug, this takes practise and confidence.  It should be immediately.  But to learn when, at first gently pull with the tip of your rod if you feel any resistance set the hook.  This will help build your confidence regarding proper timing.  I would not do this for long though, you will miss a few fish & it is not the proper way.  

I set the hook almost too often, but what the heck only issue is flying baits, if i'm in shallow water, lol.

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one bite i missed i felt a little tug then my pole bent all the way and it was a ugly stick.. my pole was just sitting and then biggest tug, i paniced lmao i am a beginner though.  

have you ever used a yum dinger?

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I'm a firm believer in "when in doubt, set the hook".  It really just comes with practice and you will eventually get the hang of it (at least I hope I will :-[).  When setting the hook, I was taught "yank on it like it just slapped your Grandma".  The other night I set the hook on one and had a real good look at it as it went flying past my face (about a 5"er ;D).

I haven't tried Yum Dingers yet, but recently bought a bag of 6" ones that I am holding on to until I need a kicker to finish out my tournament card.  But I have used Work Tackle Trick Sticks which are a Senko imitation and can be purchased on line from Wolf Tackle out of Lincoln, NE.  They work great and are lots cheaper than Senko's.  Don't get me wrong, I still keep some Senko's in my tackle bag, but these are a good alternative.

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i use yum dingers quite often. i want to try tiki sticks too, i've heard + things about them. when fishin a senko wacky rigged, i wait until i see the line move, then reel up slack and set the hook. the proper method is to wait until you can feel the fish, this needs to be done quickly though so as not to let the fish drop the bait. when you think you have a hit, reel up the slack and set the hook if you feel the fish.

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The best time to set the hook is when the fish has the hook in its mouth.

just kidding....

Obviously with these lures I don't know when to set the hook either.....

Unless I see the fish hit- then even sometimes I miss and get the tail ripped off.

I missed a BIG fish....  (I seen its side and I would say atleast 5" from back to belly)  Then I missed 2 more today.  Then caught a little keeper....

(Im not using REAL Senkos, not even Tikis, these are Lucky Strike Jogger Worms...  who knows what would happen if I used real lures....  I might even catch fish

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If I'm fishing the worm or any other rubber, and I keep getting hits, I'll go ahead and pierce the rubber all the way through with the hook and leave the tip of the hook exposed. If it keeps happening I'll change color of bait and completly leave the hook exposed.

I may shorten the worm so the fish gets the part of the rubber with the hook in it.

Last but not least I'll double hook it.

When fishing tournaments as soon as I feel any resistance I cross their eyes...

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Maybe you need to use a bigger hook.I see alot of bass fisherman fish a senko and are useing too small of a hook.For a 5in. senko I use 2/0 or a 3/0 off set worm hook and fish it wacky.

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I follow that old advice to set the hook as soon as you think you have a hit. That means setting the hook when you see your line moving off to the side or when you feel something that might be a bass. In my personal fishing, 99% of my soft plastic hits are detected by seeing line movement before feeling anything.

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I usually set twice.  When I know a fish is on the bait, I give a tug that is usually enough to get that hook where it needs to be, but not too hard (ie not hard enough pull the bait out of the water flying to the other side of the boat).  After that, I give a really hard set to seal the deal and make sure she's going nowhere other than the boat.  Probably not the best way to do it, but it's what works for me.

My fishing buddy sets the line really hard as soon as he feels anything (weeds usually).  One time the bass, a 1lber, came flying out of the water and hit me in the last place a man would want to be hit with a fish :-X  I turn my back and cover myself whenever he says "I got something" now.

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When the first pull happens, reel in the slack pretty fast and pull high noon quick and hard!

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my friend always pulls so hard that it comes flying out of the water and it ticks me off.. i know he looses some like that since he even does it on rapala jointed lures which theres no need.

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with swim baits I SLOWLY sweep the pull.

Worms (all plastics) I take the slack up and yank!

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with swim baits I SLOWLY sweep the pull.

Worms (all plastics) I take the slack up and yank!

I do the same except after I yank I keep the pressure on.

A fishin' buddy of mine does what we call "The Kentucky Jerk".  Once he jerked back so hard that not only did he miss the fish but he jerked himself off the back of the boat.  Good times.. :'(

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When in doubt set the hook, swings are free. I set the hook like I'm going to be hanging over a cliff from it and I don't want it to come unhooked. I learned the hard way that weeny arming a hook set will break your heart when an 8 pounder comes up spits your worm back at you and then gives you the fen before swimming away.

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HOOK SET: Ok now think of it this way lets say you have your car stuck in a mud hole out in a swamp.

I come out to pull you out. I hook the chain up to you and take all the slack out of the chain then try and pull you out. What happens? I get stuck too because my tires started spinning.

Now lets say I leave just a touch of slack in the chain and yank your car. What happens? I just jerked your car out of the mud hole.

Make sense?

Leave just a "little" slack in your line. Then set the hook as soon as you detect the strike. This will  "just like the car" jerk the hook through the jaw of the bass.

Finally leave the hook just skinned in the worm.

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Hooksets are FREE!!! I believe that setting too soon will lose you less fish than setting too late!!

Just like each class of bait has it's own presentation, most have their own type of hookset too.

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Posted by: FishLaughAtMe      Posted on: May 26th, 2005, 7:07pm

I usually set twice.

bad idea FishLaughAtMe, if the first hookset is barely hooked, the second hookset will rip the hook right out. just try to get a good first hookset

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When fishing the Dinger, I've learned not to set the hook on the first tap. The fish usually keep after it, so you have a little time to be sure she's engulfed it.  Don't wait too long or she'll be gut hooked. Reel in any slack, make sure she's still there, and set.

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Some folks set the hook immediately after getting a bump and other folks like to reel down first.

I reel down and get out the slack first. Feel the fish on the line and then set it.

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Since everyone is talkin about killer hooksets, I know that Bill Dance is known for his.  Does anyone know if he has every broken a seat pole since he rares back with his whole body is his seat?   Just curious.

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if he ever broke a seat, he either loosened the screws or sawed 1/2 way through it before the show.  Don't get me  wrong, full respects to Bill, but he's got more hollywood antics than Jacko.

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