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Settin' that darn hook

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Hey everyone. Very new to bass fishing. The other day I was fishing a Texas rigged worm. I had many bites but I was not sure when to set the hook. I caught a couple. Also brought some to the surface and they spit my lure out when they did. Any clue as to what I was doing wrong? Any help would be appreciated.

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Welcome aboard!

You're welcome to ask any question you like, but I would suggest looking around the Forum before getting started. This is a thread, a few lines down, still running on page 1 that addresses your question:

http://www.bassresource.com/bass_fishing_forums/YaBB.pl?num=1184265374

Another suggestion is looking through the "Fishing Articles"  at the top of this page. Inside you will find a section titled "Beginners" which I think is very helpful:

http://bassresource.com/beginner/beginner.html

Good luck!

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1.  watch your line.

2.  WATCH YOUR LINE!

3.  Did I mention WATCH YOUR LINE??? ;)

Many times you'll never even feel the strike, but you will see your line move off to the side.  When this happens....SET THE HOOK!!

If you feel a solid THUMP...........SET THE HOOK!!

If you feel TAP TAP TAP.......SET THE HOOK....that will be the bass trying to crush it in it's mouth.

If you bother to "go on point", reel down, and then set the hook, chances are you'll haul water or air and not much else.

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like mentioned above...watching your line is key

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Guest avid

Most worm fishinerman miss the hookup because the fish strikes on Monday and you strike on Tuesday.

Don't get into a "feeling" game with that bass.  He'll beat you everytime.

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Never under any circumstance try to learn to feel the bite; rely only on line movement  ;)

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Welcome!  8-)

All these tips about setting the hook are great, but IMO you have to teach yourself what a bite looks/feels like. Its one thing to describe it and another thing to actually have it happen.  :)

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Remember one of the major rules for setting the hook that I tell everyone:

If the bait does not feel like it should then SET THE HOOK.

Take your bait and throw it out to get a feel for it.

When it fees "different" such as heavy or mushy, SET THE HOOK.

I had to dig a hook out of a small bass two weeks ago as I thought I had a slop of grass on the hook.  By the time I raised my pole to feel how "heavy" the bait had become, he almost swallowed the bait and hook.  

I had to go through the gills, cut the line and pull the hook out. I had no idea he was on the line until I raised my rod tip and pulled up to get a feel of what was on my line.

So remember, if the bait feels different SET THE HOOK. :)

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