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Ummmm, not sure, but I think maybe he may want a little more indepth explanation as to the reasons a bass would follow a lure back and NOT BITE.

I am just venturing a guess here, but I think he may have left that part out.

I'm gonna say plain ole curiosity, then at some point the eat or dont eat decision comes for the bass and he/she opts out because.....well, once bitten twice shy.

Bass are not stupid, they learn thru repeated stings not to shake the hornet nest. ;D

Hope that helps ya.

Cyas,

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Whenever a bass follows and doesn't hit, it's because there's just something a little off with your presentation. The type of presentation is probably correct. What you need to do in this situation is to change size - up or down - and/or color. Sometimes just a little retrieve deviation can trigger them too!

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Whenever a bass follows and doesn't hit, it's because there's just something a little off with your presentation

I think this is often true..... But then I have watched bass following live trout around too, but not really making any hard-core attempts to eat one. Maybe they are looking for a weaker / easier to catch one..... Maybe they are full, but still can't help "looking in the fridge" (I know I'm guilty of this one sometimes too ;-)

Or, as was mentioned, maybe just purely out of curiosity.

So, kind of along the same lines; Why will a 12" bass slam a 12" trout, even though their is no possible way it could eat it ? I think its just an instinctive thing... Like, I'm a bass, that's a trout, and I think I'm supposed to slam it :-) Just born bullies :-) LOL

Peace,

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one thing that has actually helped me with my fishing is playing with my cat. when it was a kitten it would attack anything as it got older it got more selective. i had to drag stuff really slow untill it was just out of sight before it would attack it. I applied that to fishing and for me it actually made a difference. if i just drag something really slow the cat would just follow then get bored. if i would twitch, shake then bolt and stop the cat would attack. same with big bass. they see food, follow, grow bored or find something wrong and abort. if you fish slow but add a bunch of random and exciting action you will get bit, at least it seems to work for me.

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one thing that has actually helped me with my fishing is playing with my cat. when it was a kitten it would attack anything as it got older it got more selective. i had to drag stuff really slow untill it was just out of sight before it would attack it. I applied that to fishing and for me it actually made a difference. if i just drag something really slow the cat would just follow then get bored. if i would twitch, shake then bolt and stop the cat would attack. same with big bass. they see food, follow, grow bored or find something wrong and abort. if you fish slow but add a bunch of random and exciting action you will get bit, at least it seems to work for me.

You got a good point comaprison and for the most part I think this is true but remember the opposite can be true too.Sometimes very little or no action at all is the trigger.Sometimes they don't want to chase and just want something to fall right in front of them and play dead.

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i dont know this. why do fish, any fish follow lures. an bass are good for this to.

Maybe they're playing tag?

:-/

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Yup, color change time!  That's usually one of the first things I do.  The other is to vary my retrieve.  

They're telling you something, and it's usually one of those two.

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Yup, color change time! That's usually one of the first things I do. The other is to vary my retrieve.

They're telling you something, and it's usually one of those two.

color,color, color,.....bah humbug

1st thing I would do is try the different retrieves,...fast, fast erratic, slow, slow erratic, dead stick.

If that didn't work,...regardless of the color,...... I would...

Change the lure completely.  I like to always have a follow up rod ready,something that can be worked a variety of ways and speeds, like a super fluke.

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Could be blade colors are off or not natural,  

 Could be to big of a bait, maybe a smaller profile is needed.

Could be that its winter, and a tight wobbling bait is needed.

 Normally, when a bass follows, there are subtle changes to be made.

   And it maybe as stated, just plain curious.

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Maybe they are looking for a weaker / easier to catch one..... Maybe they are full, but still can't help "looking in the fridge" (I know I'm guilty of this one sometimes too ;-0

I LOL'd at that. It is soo me.

I have agree with either your presentation is a little off, or they are simply curious.

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