Fishing tip of the week

Rod tip can be crucial
by Mike Gerry

There is probably no time of the year where the worm fishing is better than from June through mid-August. I am finding, as I put fishermen in the boat, that most worm fishermen do not want to just keep their rod tip in a 12 o’clock position while the worm works itself to the bottom.

s good a time of year as it is for worm fishing, you just don’t want to be missing fish because you can’t get a good hook set off your worm rig. Sure, there are many ways to position your tip to work a worm but this timing of early summer the fish are not real aggressive and rod tip direction can be critical to seeing or feeling a bite.

There are two keys to worm fishing right now. First is getting the bite, and 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 must let the worm slowly sink to the bottom, but when you’re doing this, the rod tip must be kept high so the worms drops in a vertical fall allowing the slightest movement to be detected. Often, you just see the line move in a direction opposite of what you might expect. 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. One problem is that most fisherman believe that if you were to drop the rod tip, the bass will let it go. Frankly, the only way a bass will let it go is if he or she feels you and that comes from pressure on the rod tip. Key is drop it, tighten it to where the bass won’t feel you, and point the tip of the rod at the bite and set the hook. This will allow you to feel the bass but yet, the bass not feel you and, hence, catch the fish.
Captain Mike

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