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Reply #90 - Apr 18th, 2024 at 3:37pm
 
Setting the hook: 
    Some aren't sure how hard to set their hook when the feel a bite.  My preference is to set the hook as hard as humanly possible.  I sometimes get laughed at for my cave man sets but I'll  never lose a fish due to a weak one. 
    Of course your hooks should always be razor sharp.
    There are some fish with weak mouths.  Crappy and Weakfish (a saltwater trout) come to mind.  These fish, particularly Weakies, have very soft mouths and if you set the hook hard on them you'll most likely just pull up a pair of lips. 
      Predatory fish  like Bass and Pickerel swallow their prey head first.  Consequently it's better to delay a few seconds after you feel the bite to set the hook to give the fish time to turn your offering around in their mouth.  How many seconds?  I've been told five but I can never wait that long.  Two or three is as long as I can stand to wait.
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Reply #91 - May 24th, 2024 at 6:09pm
 
Tube Baits:  I love using Tube Baits.  They are extremely versatile and effective.  Below is a picture of one.  They come in an endless variety of color combinations.  White is a good place to start. I've had very good luck with white ones. 
     There are many ways to rig them.  In the second picture there's a Tube Jig Head.  Most people rig them with these.  I usually don't.  I feel that putting that weight inside the lure kills most of its action. 
    If I am going to use them with a weight I'll rig them like a plastic worm, Texas Style.  Better yet is Carolina Style.  To rig it Carolina Style first put a worm weight (as light as conditions allow for) on your line.  Tie a tiny barrel swivel to the end of your line to keep the weight on.  To the other end of the swivel attach an eight inch piece of line then a kinked shank worm hook.  Then hook the Tube Bait, Texas Style.  This kind of rigging allows the bait to swim freely, off of the bottom plus the worm weight banging into the swivel will attract fish. 
    My favorite way to fish a Tube Bait is rigged Texas Style but with no weight at all.  I usually use a large four inch tube for this.  I like to cast the lure into the worst stuff possible.  I'll pull it over the mat very slowly.  When I come to a hole in the mat or to the edge I'll let it drop slowly then work it slowly across the bottom with a series of light twitches.  One of the beauties of a Tube rigged this way is that it will float as long as you want it to.  When you want it to sink just give a short downward tug.  It will blow a bubble and slowly sink. 
     I love this lure because almost anything will hit it.  I've even caught a Snapper Turtle on one.  This is a lure well worth learning to lose.
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Reply #92 - May 24th, 2024 at 6:12pm
 
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Reply #93 - May 24th, 2024 at 6:16pm
 
And here's a how to on Carolina Rigging.  They use a bead between the weight and swivel.  I'm fine with this.  I often use a small single red bead with my Carolina and Texas Rigging.  They also use a shorter piece of line between the swivel and hook than I do.  I like to use a longer line because the areas I fish sometimes have mucky bottoms with lots of vegetation.  The longer line helps the lure to stay above such garbage. 

https://sportfishingbuddy.com/carolina-rig/
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