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Bait sinks to bottom during slow reel

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Probably a really silly question here, but I'm an inexperienced fisherman trying to get better and figure this is the best place to ask even the simple questions. I was fishing for bass the other day and couldn't figure out how to get the line cast and reeled in as I wanted. I didn't want to use much weight because I didn't want my bait sitting on the bottom, but if I had very little weight on there I couldn't get the distance I wanted (fishing from a bank). I was shooting for some logs that were jutting out of the water and got a couple really vicious tugs, but ended the day with nothing. How can I, without using a bobber, cast where I want and slow reel it in without it sinking down to the bottom. I don't want to reel in too fast, but that seemed the only way to keep it from dragging. I'd take weight off and I couldn't cast very far. As I said, I'm sure there is a simple solution, but I'm a rookie and would like any help with this. Thanks.

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If you are using night crawlers, you may want to try a slip bobber

I use Wing it's: http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/pod/standard-pod-wrapped.jsp?_DARGS=/cabelas/en/common/catalog/pod-link.jsp_A&_DAV=MainCatcat20166-cat20289&rid=&indexId=cat20289&navAction=push&masterpathid=&navCount=1&parentType=index&parentId=cat20289&id=0017620

This alows you to cast, and the line will only go out a certain pre set depth. If you are using shiners, go to a larger shiner and hook it behing the dorsal fin

 Sometime , like in lure fishing just leaving it be for a while, will attract a hit, bottom or not,

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any particular reason you don't want to use a bobber?

if i was in your situation, i would put on a medium sized plastic bobber for casting weight and to keep the bait off the bottom.

but like Muddy said, sometimes just having the bait stationary for a few minutes will attract fish.

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I agree with the bobber idea for what you want, even with lures, such as soft plastics. You could also try a relatively heavy, floating-diving crankbait or jerkbait that you can get out there far with and reel in slowly.

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There is also a very common rig used that allows you to add weight AND keep it off the bottom.  Look up "drop shot rig"

And welcome to the site.  :)

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LBH, I was also thinking a drop shot rig but if Omaha is new to bass fishing he will not have any idea of how to rig it.

What about a Carolina rig with a long leader and a floating worm?

How deep is Omaha fishing? And how deep does Omaha want the bait?

The bobber idea is excellent and I agree with the guys but not knowing the bait being used it is difficult to offer pointed advice.

So Omaha, tell us about your current set up; the water depth; and how deep you want your bait to sit in the water column.  Armed with this data the guys can give you more advice.  ;)

P.S.  Try not to bunch everything into one large paragraph.  Put some "white space" in your posts as they will be easier to read.  :)

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Ok, I have to figure out some of the nuances with this forum, like notifying me when I have a response to this thread.   ;D

Ok, I'm not sure about the depth of where I was fishing, since I was off the bank, but I'd guess about only 10-15 feet.  

I was using large minnows as bait and would only want the bait to be about 5 feet below the surface.  

I think I'd like to use a bobber, but have been told not to use one if I'm slow reeling in fishing for bass.  Honestly, at this stage of my game I'd prefer it since I manage to get snagged too often.  I take kids fishing too and insist they use bobbers for this reason.  

I'm interested in hearing more about this floating-diving crankbait or jerkbait.  

How's that for white space Sam?   ;)  And thanks for all the responses and I'll try to figure out, oh there it is, how to get notified when there is a reply.   :P

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Hey: Instead of slow reeling, try just seeting a depth under your bobber and let the minnow just do it's thing, may help you.

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Use the bobber.

One that can support the minnow.

If you really want to have some fun consider hooking a small live bream or bluegill on your hook and throw it out and see what happens.  ;D

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I'll try those things.  Use a small bobber though right?  I heard some bass see the bobber above, if it's too big, and get spooked and won't take the bait.

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