I like catching bass pretty much anyway you can do it. But there’s just something about fishing a plastic worm that I really love. Maybe it’s the amount of finesse and feel that it takes. Maybe it’s the sudden excitement of feeling the bite and watching the line move off that does it for me. Or maybe, it’s the transition from quiet, stealthy moments to an explosive battle that’s on as soon as you slam the hook home with the hook set. Regardless of the reason, there’s just something about tricking a wily bass out of heavy cover that makes me happy.
But for some reason, every so often, the bass go through a period where they’re extremely hard to hook on a worm. Don’t get me wrong, you get them to bite, but there’s something about the way they’re picking it up that makes it very hard to actually hook them. I’ve never been entirely sure, but I think what’s happening is that they are biting down so hard on the bait that a normal, hard hook set just doesn’t allow the hook to bite in the fish’s mouth. When I start to see this happening on the water, I’ve found that it’s necessary to change up my hook set. One simple adjustment can change a frustrating day of missed bass after missed bass to catching everything that touches your bait. Check out this video from last weekend’s fishing and I’ll show you what I mean.