Rich, This fish bit as soon as I engaged the reel. I saw her swirl on a shad the day before and couldnt get her to bite. The next evening I threw in the same spot ...more and she hit almost as soon as it hit the water. She was laying right next to a cypress tree in about 5 -6 foot of water.
Rich, I am not a politician but I am going to ride the fence. I use both. LOL I start out with a slow steady retrieve and if I get no blowups or some short strikes, ...more I try the stop and go, similar to working a jerk bait. Pop a couple times and then let it sit for a 5 - 10 seconds then pop pop again. Usually one of the retrieve styles will work. I have had a few days that they wanted it as fast as i could reel it with a 6 to 1 reel. Those days are rare but try when you know fish are in the area but wont bite it. I will tell you usually when they hit it, hang on cause they act mad at it and try to take your rod away from you. I have had several hit it right at the boat and nearly lost my rod.
I figured you would have some good words of wisdom for us. Thanks for the advise. We have gotten hay grass here now, I think you call it Kissimmee grass, that stuff ...more is like wire and once they get buried in it you wont get them out if they of any size. I have learned to go in and get em when they get buried up. Don't keep pulling as hard as you can or they will come off, just keep tension and go in a get em. Tight lines guys!!
I hear you Shawn!! :) Usually if you wait till you feel the fish down here,he either is deep in the grass and slop or drops the frog. Most anglers set the hook ...more on a frog way to hard and it pops out. Two seconds and reel tight .nice set with no slack= hooked bass. Let the boys on TV do the crazy theatrical hook sets. Okay that's my guide sermon for today..LOL
Carl just a tip that I use, don't watch the bait while you are retrieving it. If you look away you wont react as quick because you will have to feel it or hear ...more it then react. Morris, I don't know about where you are but here sometimes it takes even longer. I always try to not set the hook until I feel the fish pulling it down. It is still an adrenalin rush!!
Ive been usin a frog a bit lately,caught a couple. Missed 1 yesterday on a 30 min trip. My trouble is the blow up is so quick and beautiful i dont wait for it,trigger ...more finger and jerk it from them lips to quick. Tryin to wait,no patience but trying
I have only done it a couple times and always on a topwater. This time one hit and then it got a lot heavier halfway back to the boat, so I think the second one ...more tried to take it away. Makes for a great day!
Kathryn, The lipless crankbait have been working also. Try a red-eye shad in sexy shad color. Don't forget the bone colored Whopper Plopper!👍 Hope you do great. ...more Which part of the lake are you headed too?
I am fishing Sam Rayburn this coming weekend. I would be thrilled to get a gal like that on my line. I am going with a guide and when I ask about where and the best ...more lures to bring he just keeps saying just throw a few motor oil sencos and you’ll be fine. Obviously that isn’t going to affect my entire bait selection. We’ll see, 🐟🚣♀️
I am ok Jimbo! Just dealing with ole Harvey down here. I haven't been able to fish lately. The lake is up 5 feet, but I will be getting out soon. Looking forward ...more to this cold front coming through tonight. now if we can just keep Irma from hitting anyone. Thanks
Early to mid morning is when we make it out and he has been lucky to catch one all day. Sunfish hit all day though. Thanks for the heads up. That is our favorite ...more spot so I would hate to abandon it.