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Hey All,

Ive been doing a lot of worm fishing recently.  Ive been having a lot of success fishing texas and wacky rigged, casting and letting the worm fall on slack line.  I look for a few ticks in the line to see if a fish is hitting it.  They will also sometimes just pick up the bait and you can see the line starting to get tight.  Both of these situations i have no problem with.  

With that in mind, i started asking myself today...what if a fish decides to pick up my worm and start to swim to me?  Its on slack line, so you wouldnt see a pull or anything unusual in the line.  The only odd movement you could possibly see is maybe the line moving slightly left or right.

My question to you all is how often does this situation happen? How can you tell a bass has your worm, but is swiming back at you?

Thanks!

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when they pick it up and swim at you........you'll go to move the bait or reel the slack in and the bait will feel weightless.  It will kind of feel like you aren't able to reel all the slack in.  When this happens, quickly reel the slack in as much as you can and be quick with the hookset.

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IMHO if you have enough slack in your line not to see it move toward you, you have too much slack...

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pay attention to how long it normally takes the bait to hit the bottom. if it takes longer and your bait doesnt hit. reel down set hook. also look at the way your line is falling. If you start to notice the slack becomeing even "slacker" same thing. reel doen and set the hook

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IMHO if you have enough slack in your line not to see it move toward you, you have too much slack...

This I would agree with.You should see any line movement.

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IMHO if you have enough slack in your line not to see it move toward you, you have too much slack...

skillet

I agree! I use a Revo 7:1:1 high speed reel for my soft plastic fishing so i can pick up slack quicker. But there are just times when the fish will get one over on you no matter what man!

BE ALERT AT ALL TIMES!!!!

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Posted by: Dink whisperer      Posted on: Today at 9:32pm

skillet wrote on Today at 9:22pm:

IMHO if you have enough slack in your line not to see it move toward you, you have too much slack...

skillet

I agree! I use a Revo 7:1:1 high speed reel for my soft plastic fishing so i can pick up slack quicker. But there are just times when the fish will get one over on you no matter what man!

BE ALERT AT ALL TIMES!!!!

agreed......you do all you can, but every once in a while.........the fish fools you!!!! :-?

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Feeling a worm/jig bite requires keeping a certain amount of tension on your line while at the same time keeping a certain amount of slackness in your line. To the average angler this makes no sense at all but the worm/jig angler it makes total sense.

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Feeling a worm/jig bite requires keeping a certain amount of tension on your line while at the same time keeping a certain amount of slackness in your line. To the average angler this makes no sense at all but the worm/jig angler it makes total sense.

Truer words have never been spoken, lol! And practice is the only way you will get better!

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Learn to weigh your bait!

Explanation: if you can go to a swimming pool, pond, or creek any where void of cover and with at least 5 to 10 of water.

First pitch/cast your bait about 15 to 25 yards on the ground, close your eyes a shake or hop the bait. Feel what the bait feels like in no water (I mean really learn it). Then pitch/cast it out in the water and do the same thing. I can feel the thump of a Texas rigged worm with a ¼ ounce sinker as it hits bottom in 15 to 18 foot of water. If you can't you need more practice!

Now you are probably asking yourself what does this have to do with feeling a fish bite. Well if your bait feels any thing different than this, drop the rod, reel the slack, & set the hook!    

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IMHO if you have enough slack in your line not to see it move toward you, you have too much slack...

skillet

True,but the hard part is when you throw in the wind factor.By far that is the worst kind of worm bite.Wind blowing a bow in your line making it next to impossible to feel the initial pick up and then streaking straight towards you.I know I know,use a heavier weight and or floro line,except the fish wont always hit it with a heavy weight...

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this is where flourocarbon line is at its best.even on slack line falls youll be able to sense most bites.here in fl. we have  very lite biters at times.many days even the best wormers dont feel the bite.you sense it.checkin your line is the only way many times to know if you have a bite.even the best wormers miss alot of bites theyre never aware of.a high quality rod helps tremendously also.

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