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I'll be the first to say I don't get a LOT of fishing time, but I'm wondering about some comments I keep running into everywhere and whether or not it's just exageration. i.e "I was fishing a Rat-L-Trap when I had a bone jarring strike." or, "Man, I was running a spinnerbait past the lilly pads and about had my arm ripped out of the socket by a big bubba." I've never had what I might call a seriously HARD strike that I felt in my arms. Just you know, tightness on the line all of a sudden, then some strong pulling. But bone jarring strikes? What IS that, and has anyone here actually had that happen?

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Keep fishing and you will have a rod all but pulled out of your hands eventually.

"Bone-jarring" is a term of expression.

Bones don't actually break or dislocate.

when your line gets tight and you reel down to the fish and then set the hook,....well if you set it good and hard and theres a bigun at the other end, you'll understand real quick.

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Thanks LBH, I know bones didn't REALLY break  ;D but you got the jest of it. My biggest was a 5 pounder on a plastic worm that felt as if she were half asleep and picked up sleep-swimming. But, it was hot out, maybe that explains her lack of much fight.

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Yeh like LBH said, Keep fishing. One day soon you will be bringing the bait up to the boat and with only a few feet of line left out a 4+ pound bass will statch your line and you will be left holding on with just your pinky and thumb.

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funny, I have a spidershaft rod with a stradic on it sitting at the bottom of a reservoir in Massachusetts.

Lesson of the day---PAY ATTENTION!

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lol. Yea. I almost donated a couple of mine to the monsters of the deep.

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I had a rod jerked out of my hands a few years ago and if it hadn't been for my alert buddy, it would still be on the bottom of Skiatook lake.

He had just reeled his line in and had a crankbait on when I lost my rod, he was able to snag the line with his crankbait, lost the fish but kept the rod LOL

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Just last week I was fishing a crankbait and I was within a foot or two from the boot already getting ready for the next cast when a huge chain pickerel came up and grabbed the bait. Scared the crap out of me. I got her out of the water a few inches but couldn't set the hooks.  I was very lucky I didn't lose the rod and reel.

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I had a 2 lbs Smallie on and lifted into the boat, it came of and was flippin around on the front deck and got on my rods i jumped on my rods and covered the fish like it was a million bucks, Knocked one of my spinniing rods in the lake never to be seen again. Not exactly what you guys are talking about but close... I guess

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Sure, it happens, although I think "bone-jarring" might be a little exaggerated. Happens more often with faster moving baits, but I've experienced it a few times with soft plastics that were barely moving.

It's also happened a number of times with small fish, most notably yellow perch, at least with me. All it takes is for the striking fish to be moving in the opposite direction of the lure for it to happen.

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Fish for Muskie and Pike and these statements become oh-so true, especially muskie. I strength train for muskie fishing because those bone jarring strikes need alot of force to subdue. For bass though, topwater is about as close to bone jarring as I've ever got, buzzbaits really come to mind.

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On the subject of losing rods and reels, when I was 12-14 years old me and a buddy were cat-fishing up in the north Georgia mountains. Well the owner of this small pond feed the catfish, so they were pretty big 15-30 pound catfish if not more.

Not paying attention , I let one pull my rod and reel in. About 10-15 minutes later we were standing on the bank we see the huge cat fish moving along the bank, drag'in my rod and line behind him!!! So we ran into the water and grapped the reel and fought him in, needless to say it was a interesting day !!!! 8) ;D

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I've had the rod jerked from my hands runnin buzzbaits.  Couple days ago, while lifting my pop'r out for another cast a bass come out of the water and nailed it. I figure the fish was just as startled to see me as I was to see it by the way it turned and bolted.  I was holdin the rod with my pinkie now it got jerked so hard.  It was only bout 1.5#, but it gave a good scrap.

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Last summer I was bottom fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. The second morning we were fishing saltwater jigs that looked like tall spikes you might top a Christmas tree with. We were jigging at about 75' in 250' of water near an oil rig. This was vertical jigging and was wearing me out.

I was about 3' from the back of the boat when an 80 lb amberjack slammed my jig. He hit the lured as it was falling and when I set the hook, he just about jerked me overboard! If one of the crew hadn't grabbed me I was a goner.

Bone jarring? I'm telling you when the butt of that rod hit my belly I thought it was going to impale me and I just about broke both arms at the elbow. Maybe that sounds like fun, but it wasn't. It took nearly an hour to get that fish boated and I didn't fish the rest of the day.

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lol....unless youre like 50 lbs i dont think it will happen as a result of any freshwater fish.  although, i have experienced 50" class musky crush a bait with  18 inches of line out on a figure 8.  what a rush!

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To me a bone jarring strike is just one where the fish realy hammers the bait when it strikes.  Probably a lot of things at work here. In summer might not be quite as lively. The other guys had a point too might be related to the fish moving when he hit. Could also be just how much a fish ways woudl cause it as well. I've had a few "bone jarring" strikes and some of the hardest were from channel catfish. I can tell right away when a cat is on vs a Bass.

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"i have experienced 50" class musky crush a bait with  18 inches of line out on a figure 8.  what a rush!"

Yeap, exactly. I have never experienced anything else so um..horrifying. I am sorry but it scares me when I am figure eighting and some 4' long beast comes out of nowhere and crushes my lure. I can't get enough of it though, I'm addicted ;D

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You will only get those bone jarring hits with a bait thats moveing, a worm isn't gonna do it for you because they just pick it up and swim with it.  Spinnerbait, traps and cranks will get you those hits.  You said you dont fish much, you need to feel more strikes.  Then you will be able to tell the difference.  Biggest bass i got 24inch 6.5lbs (Private lake in New York) I had on twice.  First time was ripping a spinnerbait by a dock and he hit like a train.  Huge wake and splash at first i thought it was a northern, but got him to the boat and lost him.  Few days later got him off the same dock with a worm.  Thought he was a sunfish nibbleing before I set the hook.  So fast moveing bait are your ticket.  AND FISH MORE!!

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 I had my hardest strike i ever had today.

it was like someone punched the rod away

from me. I thought i lost the fish i could not feel

it after that. But when i reeled it in the fish was

flat on the water being dragged along.

 I was a crappie the darn fish knocked it's self

out. ::)

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