If I was conducting a seminar with an hour to talk about just one topic, there are plenty of things I could focus on that would probably help you catch more bass in the long run.
But since we’re working with a limited word count in a space like this— and since all fishermen have limited time — I’d like to focus on three simple items that will literally improve your bass fishing game the next time you go to the water.
The first is always use a superline on a spinning reel.
With straight fluorocarbon or monafilment — especially on a spinning rod with finesse applications — it’s really hard to detect light bites.
By using a superline, you’re instantly going to be able to feel more bites, and you’re going to get much better hookups. That’s because superline doesn’t stretch.
The one I like is Berkley Nanofil, usually in 8-pound test. I like the green color for clear-water applications and the white color if I’m throwing something like a wacky worm when a lot of the bites are going to be visual and I want to see that line swim off.
I use a 6- to 8-foot fluorocarbon leader – just so the fish can’t see it. But you still get all of the benefits of using a superline. I use Berkley Trilene 100 Percent Fluorocarbon for my leader, generally in 6- to 8-pound test, and I use an Alberto knot to tie it all together.
That’s one thing you can do to improve your next trip simply by respooling your reels.
Another thing you should do is set the hook more often. It’s a tip that’s every bit as simple as it sounds.
So many fish bite light, especially when you’re fishing deep or when the fish are finicky.
Hooksets are free — and if you even think you’re getting a bite, you should pull the trigger.