Fishing tip of the week

Hold Your Rod Tip High
by Mike Gerry

There is probably no time of the year where worm fishing is better than June through mid August.
I am finding as I put fishermen in the boat that most worm fishermen just don’t want to keep their rod tip in a 12 o’clock position while the worm works to the bottom. As good a time of year as it is for worm fishing, you don’t want to be missing fish because you can’t get a good hook set when your rod is not positioned correctly.

The biggest mistake is feeling the pressure, then quickly setting the hook on a worm. The opposite is truer. Bass will hold your worm if you just do it correctly. Hold it high, when you see or feel the bite, drop it to the fish, tighten the line until you feel the fish then set the hook.

There are two keys to worm fishing right now. The first is getting the bite and the second is getting a good hook set so you put the fish in the boat.
Getting the bite in this heat generally means you’re fishing the worm slow and letting it slowly sink to the bottom. This requires patience and technique. You have to let the worm slowly sink to the bottom. When you’re doing this, the rod tip must be kept high so the worms drop in a vertical fall, allowing the slightest movement to be detected.
A high rod tip allows you to see the line and detect the visual movement as well.

Lastly a high rod tip allows you to drop the nose of the rod, point it at the fish and give a good yank when you set the hook.
The problem is that most fisherman just believe that if you drop the rod tip the bass will let it go. Quite frankly the only way a bass will let it go is if he or she feels you. That comes from pressure on the rod tip. Do it correctly and you will catch more fish, use the correct technique and the worm bite is a great fish catcher.
Captain Mike

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