Written by Tom Shank
The cast was made well beyond the drift of the boat. The plug hit the water and immediately the surface exploded with a loud noise and ripples. A feisty smallmouth bass just intercepted my Pop-R with a violent, aggressive strike.
This immediate response is common for above-average smallmouth bass. The larger smallmouth bass, from my river experience, hit almost as soon as the plug hits the water. If you are slow and not ready with slack line, or the bail on your reel is still open, chances are you will miss the fish.
A missed hook-up is usually the outcome, resulting in the shaking of the head of the angler in disbelief. A good friend of mine has said he thought the bass could see the plug in the air before striking it, since at times the bites are instantaneous upon hitting the water.
How fish can hit a plug trimmed with several razor-sharp treble hooks and not hook themselves is a mystery. That same plug can hook a person in an instant, and most fisherman have hooked themselves many times, either releasing a fish or accidentally hooking another person in the boat as you reel back to set a hook on a fish.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 September 2015 15:56
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