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    I have been getting a lot of bumps but no solid hits? Changed plugs with different colors even tried to slow it down. They seem to be getting spooked. Any hints?

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    Last Sunday same problem.
    Landed 1 24 inch bass, lost a decent fish and then had at least 10 hits with no hook ups.
    Will try much more drastic retrievs and different "hook setting" techniques next time this happens.
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    I was fishing with my uncle one night, I kept him asking him why the sea robins wouldn't leave my plug alone. He took the pole next time I said that, yanked it real sharp,, and pulled in a 34" bass. You never know what those taps might be.

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    Braid is also a lot better than mono in these situations.

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    If one technique does not work you have to change. Like monty said change the retrieve, or the set up. Eventually the bumps will stop and Hook ups will come.

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    If you get bumps and are not hooking up stop the plug for a few seconds and if they want it they will take at that time bass are usually trying to injure the prey and get it by the head takes some time.

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    That happens to me every once and a while, I usually can catch them by using a floating plug and when I get a bump stop the plug and twitch it a few times let it sit and then retrive it quickly by doing this I can usually hook up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nitestrikes View Post
    Braid is also a lot better than mono in these situations.
    braid is the ****!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbob View Post
    That happens to me every once and a while, I usually can catch them by using a floating plug and when I get a bump stop the plug and twitch it a few times let it sit and then retrive it quickly by doing this I can usually hook up.
    This is a very good technique. I have also had luck when incorporating the above as part of a variable retrieve. People sometimes forget that the plugs we are using are very effective when imitating a baitfish in distress. That baitfish would not be following a steady, direct path if it was dying.

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    For all you guys who fish bucktails and have missed strikes, try using a bucktail with a stinger. This should only be used on a smooth as opposed to sticky bottom or you will lose your rig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlieTuna View Post
    For all you guys who fish bucktails and have missed strikes, try using a bucktail with a stinger. This should only be used on a smooth as opposed to sticky bottom or you will lose your rig.

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    I remembered reading a thread on this. I had such a frustrating night tonight cause I got one short striper but I think I could have caught a few others. They were just slightly tapping the lure. suggestions for when fishing lures and that happened to you guys? Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbob View Post
    That happens to me every once and a while, I usually can catch them by using a floating plug and when I get a bump stop the plug and twitch it a few times let it sit and then retrive it quickly by doing this I can usually hook up.
    X2. also upgrade your hooks to a larger size IF the plug permits. And make sure that they are sharp.

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    for those that use barrels to connect the line to the leader those bumps are also very small bass or hickories hitting the barrel.
    I have seen it 15 feet in front of me.
    seems to help to use the smallest barrel possible.
    I use the tiny but,strong tsunamis the type that look like a sleeve with rounded ends.
    at times they still hit it but,much less than with a normal sized barrel.
    also the gators will hit the barrel too resulting in a cutoff,,have seen that too where the leader is cut 2 inches below the barrel.
    even so if you don't use a barrel and connect with a knot they can see that too and will hit that.
    it's amazing what a fish can see in the dark.
    Takes a Big Man to sling Big Wood,,,,boys sling plastic,,,,,,,

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    I also will add that sometimes the fish is not hungry and snaps at the offering just to spook it from their feeding window.
    I have seen trout and smallmouth do that,,,protecting their feeding zone from outsiders and even smaller fish coming too close which threatens their feed.
    I am going by observations and by fish being territorial at times,maybe not all the time but, at "special" times.
    Takes a Big Man to sling Big Wood,,,,boys sling plastic,,,,,,,

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    Great advice, thanks. I had similar issues last night

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    Quote Originally Posted by nitestrikes View Post
    Braid is also a lot better than mono in these situations.
    Would certainly agree on that. When they are light hitting fish braid gives you a superior advantage.

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    awesome info, thanks for sharing.

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