All You Need to Know For Successful Drop Shot Fishing

Drop shot fishing

Drop shot fishing is one of the most effective ways to catch bass. But it doesn’t work if you don’t know how to use a drop shot rig correctly. Don’t believe the guys who say that it is too difficult to learn and it works only in clear waters. This article will dispel these myths. Just a few tips, some practice and you will master a drop shot fishing.

Why is it worth using a drop shot rig?

Compared to other rigs, a drop shot rig has several advantages. The drop shot fishing technique is rather effective because it creates a natural, weightless presentation of a soft lure. You can fish in one place and don’t need to move your bait in order to attract bass. With a drop shot rig, you can load your livewell quite quickly.

Here are the key benefits of drop shot fishing:

  • Weightless, lifelike presentation. A drop shot rig allows you to move the weight below the hook so that you can place a soft plastic lure in a weightless state. This provides a lifelike action and seems rather attractive for bass.
  • Suspended presentation. Since the drop shot technique requires vertical presentation, it is great for fishing suspended bass.
  • Drop shot rig stays motionless in the strike area. The drop shot rig allows you to fish a bait in place for as long as you want or can stand it. Since the drop shot stays motionless, you don’t need to move your bait to catch bass. It is the water that moves the bait and you just wait to seize the moment.
  • Can fish above the grass cover. Depending on the leader length, you can fish above the plants. Just make a leader a bit longer than the grass and let it dance above the tops. It is natural that the bass will look up to feed, so your drop shot will be handy.
  • Abrasion resistance. The area of the line where you place the bait doesn’t take any abuse of rocks and shells.

However, the drop shot has a disadvantage. It concerns the line twist. To prevent this, you can use a swivel above the hook. There are also hooks with built-in swivels. Another solution is a braid line and fluorocarbon leader.

Where and when can you use the drop shot rig?

Where and when to use drop shot

You can fish a drop shot on any type of structure and cover except the places with matted vegetation and tall weed beds. So use the drop shot when you find a point, a drop-off, rocks, stumps, weed clumps, and edges.

The benefit of the drop shot rig is that you can use it during each season. It is perfect for the pre-spawn and post-spawn period when the bass are hungry and stay at the bottom. During the spawning period, you can use a bubba drop shot to fish the river or lake beds. The drop shot with a shad that looks like a bait can be rather effective in the fall as well as in the winter.

Tackles for drop shot fishing

Drop shot fishing tackles

One of the most important issues for fishermen is a choice of tackles.

Rod, reel & line

The best rod for drop shot fishing is a Medium Light, Fast Action rod. The best options are 6’10” or 7’ rods that weigh about 4 ounces.  Light power rod is good to make hook sets without breaking the line.

As for the reel, you can choose either a spinning or baitcasting reel. Just keep in mind that its drag system must be excellent since it is essential for drop shot fishing.

Since line twists are common for drop shot fishing you should choose the line carefully. If line twists are not an issue for you, then you can take a monofilament or fluorocarbon line. But the best option is to use a light 10-20b braided line as the main line paired with 10-15 feet fluorocarbon leader (6-10lb will be enough for a basic drop shot, for a bubba shot, take a 12-14lb fluorocarbon).

Weights

When choosing the weights for the drop shot, pay attention to the following criteria:

  • Size. The most common size for a drop shot is ¼ ounce weight. However, if it is windy or you are fishing at the depth of 20 feet or more, then use 3/8 or 1-ounce weight.
  • Shape. There are 3 standard shapes – ball, tear drop, and cylindrical. The tear drop and cylindrical shapes are the best options since they are less apt to break and snag.
  • Line clips. In order not to tie a knot, the weights come with line clips that self-clinch. The weights with a cylindrical line cinch are the best options.

Hooks

The choice of hooks is enormous. But there are only 3 types of hooks that will suit drop shot fishing.

  • Octopus style hooks. They have a short shank and a wide gap. The eyes are parallel with the point of the hook, so when the weight is on the bottom, the hook with the bait stands straight.
  • Straight Shank O’Shaughnessy. The Roboworm Rebarb hook is the most common type of this hook. It is really good since you can drag it with a worm through grass without getting stuck. The best size for drop shot is 3/0.
  • Spinshot/Swivel Shot. If you don’t want to struggle with line twist, then try the VMC Spinshot Drop-Shot hook and the Gamakatsu Swivel Shot hook that have a great swivel above an octopus hook. But keep in mind that you will have less sensitivity since there is no direct contact between the hook and line. If you fish a big bass, the swivel can bend because of its weight and pressure.

Drop shot baits

Choose the baits for your drop shot with medium buoyancy. In fact, you can drop shot any soft bait but there are some types of baits that work best.

  • Finesse Worm. It is classic drop shot bait. The most common types of this worm with a straight tail are the Roboworm and Zoom Finesse Worm.
  • Senko Worm. The Yamamoto Senko worms are extremely salty, so the bass hold on longer to the bait.
  • Crawfish style bait. This bait is great for drop shot fishing, especially if you want to catch a big bass. You can choose the Reaction Innovations Smallie Beaver, Missile Baits Twin Turbo, Berkley Chigger Craw, Zoom Big Salty Chunk, Zoom Super Chunk, or Zoom Speed Craw. Of course, it is not the limit and can always try new colors, shapes, and sizes.
  • Shad style bait. The variety of these baits is also big. The Yamamoto Shad Shape Worm, Jackal Cross Tail, Zoom Swimming Super Fluke, and Strike King/Caffeine Shad work well for a drop shot rig.
  • Creature baits. These baits are usually thin and feature multiple appendages that give them action and they look natural to the bass. These creature baits are not the best lures for a drop shot but they can work if fish are not interested in other baits. You can get the Zoom Mini Lizard, Zoom Centipede, Zoom Z-Hog, Lake Fork Ring Fry, Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver, and Berkley Havoc Pit Boss.

Drop shot fishing tips

Drop shot fishing tips

Here are some tips that help you master drop shot fishing.

  • Choose a lead weight. Though tungsten is amazing for many techniques, a basic ¼ ounce lead weight is the most effective for the drop shot.
  • Use drop shot in bad weather. Cold or rainy days are good for drop shot fishing. On such days, you have more chances to hook a big bass.
  • Drop it through the grass. Fish like to hang out and feed in the grass, so take the opportunity but be careful and choose the right bait that will not get stuck. When you feel the weight is in the grass, try to pull slowly in order to free it. This will attract more bass.
  • Bubba shot. You can use a drop shot not only for light cover but also for some thicker vegetation. Just try heavier weight from ½ to ¾ ounce on 10-12lb line and fish a drop shot for bedding bass.

Effective Use of Chatterbaits (Bladed Swim Jigs) for Bass Fishing

Chatterbait

It is good if you know how to fish bass using a specific gear and strategy. But over time, everything can change and you may not have an excellent bite. In order to improve their skills, anglers try to develop and use different techniques as well as experiment with equipment. One of the most important aspects for fishermen is a choice of lure. This article highlights tips how to fish a chatterbait, which is rather effective if you know how to use it correctly.

A chatterbait has got its fame after the fishing tournament won by Bryan Thrift and Brett Hite. This lure brought them victory in the late 2000’s and then became widely used by other fishermen.

A chatterbait is also known as a bladed swim jig or vibrating jig. There was a real boom when the chatterbaits appeared on the shelves of fishing stores. A bit later, this excitement for the bladed swim jigs cooled off since other lures were sold on the market. Over the years, the chatterbaits have improved in design and have become extremely popular once again. Anglers like them for their versatility and modifications.

So what should you know about a chatterbait? How to get more bites using this lure? This guide will help you.

Where to use a chatterbait for bass?

Where to use a chatterbait

A chatterbait or bladed swim is a rather versatile lure and you can fish it in a variety of fishing spots. Here are the best places:

  • Shallow water and mid-depth vegetation. Since bass like to hide and feed in the grass, it will be the best place to cast a chatterbait. The depth should be from 1 to 6 feet. Don’t worry if the grass is thick there, a bladed swim jig will work well in the tops of the weeds.
  • Shell beds. This place is ideal for bass fishing in the summer. Shell beds attract bass so you have great chances to get a good trophy. Cast a chatterbait along the bottom and it should fall down somewhere among the shell bed. It often happens that a big bass will prefer a bladed swim jig rather than a worm or crankbait.
  • Stumps and laydowns. Such places can bring you a good catch but you should be very careful when fishing where there is a lot of wood. You should feel the lure and work it through and around the stumps without getting stuck. It can be compared with fishing a squarebill crankbat.
  • From the dock. Not many fishermen fish a chatterbait from the dock. The dock is underestimated place for fishing a bladed swim jig. If there is any kind of vegetation around the dock, feel free to cast, especially before and after the spawning period. Bass like to move near the dock posts for feeding. Take an advantage of this and use a chatterbait.

When to use a chatterbait for bass?

When to use a chatterbait

When the bass are active and shallow, you can easily predict their movements. A chatterbait is the most effective during spring, summer, and fall. However, experienced fishermen can find other uses of this lure throughout the year. Here is when you can use the bladed swim jigs in each season.

  • Pre-spawn period. When the water warms up to 50-60 degrees, the bass move towards the coves and flats in order to feed and get ready for the spawning. In this case, you can use chatterbaits as they are great to target the big females. Anglers like to use lipless crankbaits or Rat-L-Traps for bass fishing during this period, but bladed swim jigs will be a good alternative.
  • Spawning period. In fact, a chatterbait is not the best bed fishing bait, but it works well as a search bait. If the fish are on beds where there is lots of thick vegetation, you can catch them by searching with the chatterbait.
  • Post-spawn period. When the spawning period ends, the female bass come out from their spawning flats and move towards the places of their summer hangouts. But at first, they won’t move far away and they prefer to find some cover nearby.
  • Summer. In the summer, the waters are full of different plants. And it is the best time to use the chatterbaits effectively. If the vegetation is too thick, you should roll the lure slowly like a spinnerbait to the inside and outside weed edges. You can also fish heavier chatterbaits (3/4 to 1 oz.) over the shell beds.
  • Fall. In the fall, the grass starts to die off and the shad move towards the shallow, and the bass will also follow. In this case, a colored chatterbait over the top of weeds can trigger bites and your fishing can be very effective.

What are the best colors and weights of chatterbaits for bass?

Colors of chatterbaits

Some colors of chatterbaits work better in certain places or seasons. But you should remember to use a complimenting trailer color in order to create a realistic presentation. Here are the best colors.

  • Black/blue. This color works best in low light and murky water. Throw black and blue chatterbait over the weeds to get a better catch.
  • Green pumpkin. This color is the best for bass fishing throughout the year since it looks natural in any kind of water. You can use it with a dark green trailer or even with a lighter color to make more contrast.
  • Red crawfish. A red chatterbait works well in the cool water in the beginning of spring. Just roll it slowly around the grass and rip it free when necessary.
  • Bluegill. Largemouth bass like waiting to hit when the bluegill are spawning. So you can use the bladed swim jig in any area where there is a concentration of bluegill beds.

The choice of the weight depends on your preferences. The most favorable weight is ½ oz. chatterbait. You can use it in most cases and it works well from 1 to 8 feet. This depth is an average for bass fishing.

Some heavier chatterbaits (3/4 to 1 oz.) are good when you want to reach the depth of 10 feet or deeper.

The chatterbaits of 3/8 or ¼ oz. will be great if the bigger baits get stuck in the grass.

Chatterbait bass fishing techniques

Chatterbait techniques

It is important to use a right rod, reel, and line when fishing a chatterbait. The best option is a 6’6” or 7’ Medium action rod with a fast tip. Pair it with a baitcasting reel with a gear ratio 6.3:1 or higher. As for the line, it doesn’t matter a lot since you can take either a monofilament or braided line. Of course, the braid is better since it is more durable. We recommend choosing 20-30lb braided line if you are going to fish in the stained water. If the water is clear, you can also take 15-17lb fluorocarbon.

Here are the key chatterbait bass fishing techniques.

  • Slow roll. The slow rolling technique is good since it keeps your bait down and the fish can react on it. You should turn the reel as slowly as you can. If you see that the chatterbait runs to the top, you need to either slow down or use a heavier lure.
  • Burning. This technique is opposite to slow rolling. You should reel quickly until the blade goes under the surface.
  • Ripping. Bass are not always active; sometimes they can have a neutral mood. Ripping the chatterbait can wake them up and make react to the sudden movement. Reel the chatterbait slowly catching the tops of the plants and then make a quick movement to rip the chatterbait free of the grass. It will make the bass bite.
  • Shaking. Move the tip of the rod up and down to shake the bladed swim jig. It will pop up and make the skirt pulse and flare. Shake the bait to work it through the vegetation.

How to Catch Largemouth Bass: Best Bass Fishing Tips

Largemouth bass

Whether you are a beginner or experienced fisherman, you need to know some tips and techniques that will help you catch largemouth bass. With the right approach, you can catch largemouth bass even if you are a novice. So keep on reading to get more knowledge and improve your bass fishing skills.

Basic information about largemouth bass

A largemouth bass is one of the most popular game fish in North America. It is widespread in every state except Alaska. There are lots of competitions and shows throughout the US, anglers from all over the world try to beat world record and American and Japanese companies constantly invest in equipment and tackles for bass fishing.

It is quite easy to distinguish a largemouth bass from other species of fish. A largemouth bass is olive green and has a dark strip that comes horizontally along the flanks. This fish can live up to 16 years. It is rather an aggressive fish that attacks and eats all sorts of prey that can be as large as 25 to 50% of its body length. Bass can catch microscopic zooplankton, insects, frogs, scuds, bait fish, crawfish, shrimps, small fish, mice, and snakes. So when choosing a lure, try to get something that will resemble the prey for the bass.

Largemouth bass usually weighs about 2 lbs. Any bass that weighs more than 6 lbs. is generally a female. The biggest bass (22.4 lbs. and 29.5” length) was caught in Japan in 2009. Then this record was tied in 2011.

Bass can easily adapt to various habitats and live in rivers, lakes, reservoirs, ponds, and other waters.

Where to find largemouth bass?

Where to find largemouth bass

The key to success in bass fishing is to know the places where to catch bass. Bass prefer shallow waters with warm water. They generally live in places with thick vegetation, fallen trees, boulders, rock walls, stumps, and boat docks. But it doesn’t mean that you cannot find largemouth bass in open water. It is also possible, but the probability is much lower.

Bass like searching for prey fish and crayfish in the areas with vegetation. In murky water, the grass and weeds are only in shallow zones and bass rarely moves deeper than 8 or 10 feet. If it is clear water, plants can grow in the depth of up to 20 feet, so bass prefers going deeper.

In the locations where there is no vegetation or it is limited, for example, small farm ponds or reservoirs, bass look for the brush cover.

Tips & tricks to catch largemouth bass

The number of tips and advice for bass fishing always increases. Professional anglers develop new tactics in order to make their catch better. So we picked out the best tips that have proven to be effective for many years.

Take into account the habits of bass

Habits of largemouth bass

  • Know the places where bass hide and rest. Bass like to hide in thick vegetation and look for a shady spot on a hot summer day. The best place for this is underneath docks. When it is cloudy, bass come out of their shelter. So when fishing, consider the places where bass can hide.
  • Cast near the grass, weeds, and fallen trees. After the spawning period, bass move to the places where they can rest and hide. If the water is clear, bass will go deeper around the edges of grass and weed beds. If the water is murky, bass will stay in the shallow area.
  • Face the wind. Since bass always move with the current, it is better to face the wind. So a largemouth bass will find your bait or lure before they see your boat.

Best time to catch bass

When to catch largemouth bass

  • Choose the right time of day for bass fishing. The best time to catch largemouth bass is the early morning or last few hours of the evening. In the afternoon, bass will feed if the weather is cloudy or the water is muddy. It is better to find the place where you are going to fish about an hour before sunrise or sunset.
  • Fish during the pre-spawn period. The pre-spawn of bass starts in spring when the water temperature reaches about 55-65 degrees and then both male and female bass move to the shallow spots. During this period they start feeding and looking for the place to spawn. It is a favorable time for fishermen since they can catch a trophy bass just from the bank because they come rather closely. But if you catch a female bass, you should release it in order to continue the spawning and give birth to another bass.
  • Fish before the storm. If you know that it is going to be a storm, you should seize the opportunity. The pressure of a coming front makes the bass more active and this is the best time to catch bass. Keep in mind that the worst time is after the storm since bass aren’t likely to bite.

Take care of your fishing gear

Gear to catch largemouth bass

  • Choose and keep your hooks sharp. It doesn’t take much time to sharpen the hooks. If your hook is dull, you have fewer chances that it will penetrate the largemouth bass.
  • Watch the line. The line can contact with branches, snags, rocks, gravel, so it can break. Though many fishermen prefer a monofilament line, thin braided line (6-10lbs.) is more durable and will last you for years. If you fish in clear water, you can add a fluorocarbon leader (8-10ls.) which will help you fool more bass.
  • Treat your rod and reel in a proper way. Don’t throw your reel and never let the sand or mud get into it since you can damage it.

Choose the right lures and baits

Largemouth bass lure

  • Use topwater lures. Such lures are the most effective, especially on a hot summer day. Popping frogs or plastic plugs create a splash, bubbles, and waves triggering the interest of a bass and it looks up to see what it going on. When the lure settles after popping, bass think that it is a weak or dying baitfish and strike. This is effective over thick vegetation or deep water.
  • Red color fools the bass. Use spinnerbaits with a red or peach-color head and crankbaits with red hooks. Bass think that the bait is injured and they will bite.
  • Use lures that produce some noise and vibrations. If you are struggling to get a bite, try to attract bass by making some noise. Use chatterbaits, spinnerbaits, crankbaits or buzzbaits that create a loud noise and attract bass from far away spots.
  • Examine a caught bass. When you caught a bass, look inside of its mouth. It will sometimes spit up what it was feeding on. So you can see what color or kind of lure to use. If you like live baits, try and catch what they are feeding on and use it as a bait.
  • Size of the lure doesn’t matter. If you think the larger the lure, the larger bass you can find, you are mistaken. It’s not really true. A largemouth bass can eat the prey that is 25-50% of its length. So you can catch a small bass even with a large lure.
  • Use some live bait. If you don’t have success with artificial lures, try live bait. Worms, crayfish or frogs are great alternatives.
  • Save shredded worms and don’t throw them away. Bass may think that your plastic shredded worms are wounded prey and they are more likely to attack, especially in shallow water.

How To Bass Fish: Tips For Beginners & Experts

How to bass fish

Whether you are a beginner or bass fishing expert, you need to be ready to different situations. Fishing is not an easy process if you don’t know some nuances. Even if you have many years of experience, you have to improve your skills if you want to achieve great results and catch not just simple bass but real trophies.

In fact, it is quite easy to master some basic bass fishing techniques. All you need is patience and practice. Then you can go on with more advanced techniques and constantly improve your skills experimenting with different rods, reels, lines, and lures. Remember that the more time you spend on the water, the more experience you get. So don’t give up if you failed your first bass fishing trip. Just because we learn by doing, achieve by pursuing. Keep on and you will succeed.

So what should you start with? This guide will provide you with the necessary information for catching bass.

What equipment do you need?

For bass fishing, every fisherman needs to have appropriate equipment that includes rod and reel, line, hooks, lures, and pliers for cutting the line. These are the most important items but if you wish you can load your bag with lots of other fishing stuff. Our recommendation is not to take unnecessary things, especially if you are a beginner. Heavy bags can turn your fishing trip into hell. So what do you need to have for bass fishing?

Rod and reel

Rod and reel for bass fishing

Rod and reel are the most important things for every beginner. There are different types of rods and reels. If you are a beginner, it is better to start with the spinning reel and rod. Then when you progress, you can change it for more versatile baitcasting rod and reel. Try to choose quality brands like Shimano, Abu Garcia, and Fenwick. Of course, it is possible to find some other quality rods and reels but these brands have already established themselves as the best ones.

When choosing fishing rod and reel, you should consider their weight. Heavy rods will be hard to work with and it’s not really a big pleasure to hold them for a long time. However, you if you fish from the boat, you can buy a holder for the rod and leave it there. Lighter rods are better for detecting bites and of course, they are easier to use.

Line

Line for bass fishing

When choosing a line for fishing, think about the fish you are going to catch. If it is a big bass, then the line should be stronger. For small bass, it is better to choose a lighter line since it is almost invisible in the water.

If you use a spinning reel, you can take a monofilament or braided line. Its diameter should not be heavier than 10lb because it will be difficult to cast it. For baitcasting reels, you can also choose the monofilament and braid but with the increased diameter, 15-20lb and 30-50lb respectively.

A monofilament line is really great for beginners. It is easy to handle and use and quite affordable. A braided line is tougher than mono and has a smaller diameter for the same strength. It is more expensive but lasts longer than monofilament. There is also one more type of line available on the market – a fluorocarbon line. However, we don’t recommend it for beginners since it requires lots of skills to master it. It is also not good for the spinning reel and you may have lots of troubles with it like backlashes.

Hooks

Hooks for bass fishing

There are lots of types of bass hooks. Choose wide gap hooks since they will better penetrate the bass mouth. If you use soft plastic baits, then the best choice will be Offset Wide Bend and Offset Extra Wide Gap (EWG). Don’t buy small hooks because they are more likely to get stuck in the bass mouth and when you remove the hook, you can kill the fish.

When choosing bass hooks, check whether they are sharp enough. Never buy dull hooks and don’t believe shop assistants who say that the hooks come dull from the manufacturer and you can easily sharpen them. Such hooks are of bad quality and you will hardly take advantage of them.

Lures/baits

Lure for bass fishing

Lures and baits allow you to see the bites better because of their bright colors. The choice of lures greatly depends on the place where you are going to fish. It is better to use local lures and baits because the fish are familiar with them and they resemble local prey. Unusual baits can scare the fish or it may not recognize it.

For a Texas rig, you can use any plastic bait but the most common is a worm with a curly tail that vibrates. You can also take worms with straight tails such as the Trick Worm or Senko. You can try these lures if the bass don’t bite curly tailed worms.

Another great lure for beginners is the Senko style soft stickbait. You don’t need any special skills to use it. Compared to Texas style, the Senko is less weedless that may be a little drawback for bass fishing.

Other simple and effective baits are a buzzbait and topwater toad. They are great for fishing over the top of vegetation, fallen trees, and rocks.

Spinnerbait and swimjig are also popular among anglers. You just cast them and roll back slowly keeping them hovering over the bottom.

When you progress, you can try some other more advanced baits and lures like swimbaits, crankbaits, topwater plugs, drop shot, Carolina rig, chatterbait, hollow body frog and others.

Fishing pliers

Fishing pliers

You can face different situations while fishing. Snags are the most common. Your line can get stuck in fallen logs and trees and sometimes it is impossible to get it free. In this case, you will need fishing pliers that will cut it.

What are the best places to bass fish?

Apart from the gear, one of the most important issues for beginners is the place for bass fishing. Most people start by fishing from the bank. And this is probably the best option to start with. You can also consider fishing from a dock, boat or kayak.

Bass fishing from the bank

Bass fishing from the bank

This is one of the best and cheapest options since it costs almost nothing. All you need is to have a rod, reel, some lures, and baits. You can find any convenient place for you such as a river, lake or damp. For bank fishing, you should choose a topwater lure or spinnerbait.

Bass fishing from the dock

Bass fishing from a dock

Bass fishing from the dock is rather similar to fishing from the bank. The difference is that when fishing from the dock, you will be further from the bank. This is more beneficial since you have more chances to catch large bass. Casting from the dock is also more convenient and easier for beginners as there are fewer obstacles like trees and rocks. If you cast under the dock, make sure that there are no snags and your tackle will not get stuck there.

Bass fishing from a boat or kayak

Bass fishing from a boat

A boat or kayak gives you more opportunities since you can further from the bank and change your locations in search of a good bite. However, you will not have a lot of spare area around you and you may have troubles when casting. You have to be focused in order not to fall out of the boat or kayak.

Conclusion

So now you know the most important things to consider when you are going to bass fish. Remember to think about your gear and pick the right rod, reel, line, and lures. Try to get as many information about the fishing spot as possible and don’t forget to ask local anglers for advice.

Tips To Remove A Fish Hook: Simple Guide For Everyone

Remove fish hook

Any inattentive action and mistakes can cause a fish hook to get stuck in the hand or another part of the body. What should you do in such situation? Keep on reading to know how to remove a fish hook.

The main problem with the hook embedded into the body is the barb on the point. It prevents you from pulling out the hook. If the hook has sat down deeply, then tearing it back is rather problematic. You can damage the tendon, cause severe pain, and increase bleeding.

So, how to determine that you can get the hook yourself? Let’s consider this issue. There are three possible solutions.

Remove the barb with the pliers

Remove the barb with the pliers

If the hook struck right through the skin and came out with the point, then you are a lucky one! This is the most innocuous option. Using the pliers, it is necessary to bite the barb flat to the shank and then pull out the hook. So you do not need to pull a hook through the wound. You pull out this piece of the hook in the direction it came.

If the hook didn’t completely pierce the skin, so the barb is quite close to being outside, but not enough, then you should push the point through your skin and then remove it. But keep in mind that you should do it only if the barb is stuck shallow. If it is deep, then you should seek medical care. When you pull out the hook, look if there is some kind of obvious blood vessels between the flesh, the point of the hook and the skin. Try not to hook them.

So you see that you should have some kind of tool to bite off the point of the hook. So when you go fishing, it is useful to carry with you small tweezers or pliers. They will help in a variety of situations, for example, when repairing gear and in such an emergency situation.

Remove the hook with fishing line

Remove the hook with fishing line

If the hook is stuck too deep or you do not have pliers, then you can use this method. It usually allows you to remove the hook quickly and almost painlessly.

First of all, you need to make a loop with some fishing line. It doesn’t matter which type of line you will use – either a monofilament or braided line. Place the loop over the eye of the hook so that you can pull it against the apex of the bend. With the other hand, press on the eye of the hook. Swiftly and firmly pull the line backward, away from the eye of the hook. The hook must pop out. If you don’t manage to do it, turn the hook so that you can bite off its point with pliers. If you cannot pull out the hook, be sure to consult a doctor.

What if you cannot pull out the hook by yourself?

Removal of fish hook

If the barb has entered the body in such a way that there is no option to remove it, this may cause more problems. Try to pull the hook gently, without obvious effort. It’s good if you pull it out. But if not and you feel like something is pulling it back, then it maybe the barb is hooked on the tendon. In this situation, only the doctor will help you get rid of the hook. Hence, you need to unhook the hook from the tackle (cut off the line, remove the hook from the bait, etc.). If possible, wash the wound area with clean water and treat it with alcohol or iodine.

All the above-mentioned situations relate to usual injuries when the hook is in the limbs and somewhere in areas without increased risk. If it is near the blood vessels, eyes, ears, nose, lymph nodes, then the only solution is to go to the doctor.

What should you do when you pulled out the hook?

Remember that when you pulled out the hook, you need to treat the wound. Rinse it and disinfect with some antibiotic. You can also use iodine or alcohol for disinfection.

How to avoid being captured by a fish hook?

Avoid being captured by a fish hook

Capturing yourself or your colleagues with a hook is an undesirable situation. To avoid such situations, you need to find out the reasons why this happens and reduce the risks.

So you can embed a hook into your body because of inattention while fishing. It can happen when you remove hooks or baits from a fish and it suddenly moves, so the hook can get stuck in your hand. Or you can try to reach something in the boat and slip over. Or when a lure is snagged and you try to free it jerking the line. And lots of other situations…

To avoid such situations, you must be focused and attentive during fishing. Don’t leave hooks and baits in your pockets. You shouldn’t also drink alcohol while fishing. If you want to drink, do it afterwards.

When you hooked the fish and it is at the shore, you have to take it. If you don’t have a landing net, you have to take it with your hand. If the fish is on one hook or on a jig with a single hook, then there should not be any problems. But if you caught it on a wobbler with 2-3 hooks, then it is likely that the hook can be outside. So the fisherman grabs the fish, it jerks and a free hook gets stuck in the hand. This is a common situation and it happens very often.

To avoid this trouble, look at how the wobbler got stuck. If the bait is completely in the mouth of the fish, take the fish just behind the gills. If the hook is outside, be even more careful. Try to tire the fish so that it will be quite exhausted and you can take it with hand. Keep the fish very securely.

Fenwick HMG Review

Fenwick HMG Review

Fenwick HMG Review Spinning Rod

Lots of people are really into fishing, and if you consider yourself to be one of them, you will be interested in this Fenwick HMG Spinning Rod review. 40 years ago, Fenwick’s HMG hit the market as the first graphite fishing rod. It was more expensive than other fiberglass rods, but the difference was amazing. The price plummeted over the years as carbon rods became more popular, and now Fenwick’s HMG makes its return even better than before. This new rod is well-designed, can handle amazing line speed and accuracy, and it looks great. Its carbon bound blanks are woven with carbon threads which makes this rod strong and precise. The handle allows enhanced grip, even in wet conditions and the guides are tough as nails. So if you want to know more about this amazing rod, read this in-depth Fenwick HMG review.

So what do you get if you buy Fenwick HMG Spinning Rods? Read on and find out.

Fenwick HMG Review and Features

Fenwick HMG Spinning Rod Specs
Rating: 4.5/5
Length: 6′-7′
Power: Ultra light to Medium heavy
Models: 16
Action: Moderate to Fast
Cost: $$

Sensitivity and power

Many fisherman find that power and sensitivity are one of the most important features in a rod. No matter how good a rod is in other areas, if it fails here, it essentially is not a good rod. But these rods pass the tests with flying colors. The Fenwick HMG Spinning Rods are made to be sensitive enough to use moving lures. When using it, you can feel every move and bump from a lively fish on your finger. This is especially true if you are using crankbaits. As far as power is concerned, with a rod this size and design, you wouldn’t expect to be able to bring in bigger fish, but when tested, the rods are able to wrangle even some of the heavier and feistier fish. The power rating ranges from ultra light to medium heavy, but the proficient user can stretch it a bit.

Great design and durability

However little this impacts performance, it’s always good to have a good-looking rod. The design of this one is beautiful. It has some nice old-school corks on the bottom part. The craftsmanship is striking. Another great point is that, without the reel, the rod weighs practically nothing. That is to say, the weight is approximately 4 ounces! The rod is completely wrapped in carbon string. This makes it stronger and more durable. When using it, you can be sure that the rod won’t snap on you. Even when a lot of pressure is put on it, the fisherman can feel that the rod is not near its breaking point. The guides on the rod are incredible and the inserts don’t pop out because they are well-mated with the frame.

Many models

There are a lot of people who want to be able to modify their rod according to their needs. The Fenwick HMG Spinning Rods let you do just that. So it doesn’t matter if you are after some bigger or smaller game, want to sit or stand while fishing, or any other preference you might have. The Fenwick HMG Spinning Rods come in a variety of models. The length varies from 6’ to 7’, so it is easy to choose one that is well-suited for your purposes. The total number of the models is 16. Most of the models can be used for a variety of purposes. So whether you want to snag walleyes or northern pike, these rods will be a good choice.

Grip and ergonomics

These fishing rods are also special because of their handles. Don’t you hate it when you have a fish on the line and fail to reel it in because you lose your grip especially when fishing in wet and rainy conditions? Well, preventing that was a priority when designing Fenwick HMG Spinning Rods. They have a TAC custom grooved handle which will provide the fisherman with increased grip in a huge range of fishing conditions. So whether it’s sunny or rainy, you can always count on a firm grip with Fenwick HMG Spinning Rods. The ergonomics are also amazing. The rods are incredibly light and the reel seat is comfortable. It is coated for soft touch and solid grip.

Applications

These amazing rods are versatile and can handle a variety of applications. So if you want a rod that can take on any challenge, this might be the right choice for you. These rods are incredible when using crankbaits, but they can also be used for any bass fishing. They are similar to a cranking stick. With the feel of a fiberglass rod, these rods are even more sensitive and lighter than one. With good action speed, these rods have plenty of backbone and they are definitely good at handling large snook as well as those feisty seatrout without being overpowered. The high-quality cork grips are great for sit-down fishing like kayaking or canoeing. But they are also quite long, so they can be used well in stand-up fishing. This is because the accuracy is good enough for casting your line far.

Bang for your buck

There are plenty of rods out there which are just as great as the Fenwick HMG Spinning Rods. However, not many quality rods can beat the HGMs’ amazing price. These are medium budget rods which can be used both by amateurs and professionals. You would be hard-pressed to find other rods which give you the same bang for your buck as the HGMs.

It has been a long time since Fenwick first came out with the carbon rod, and they have made amazing improvements since then. The company can offer a lot to anglers. Although there is plenty of competition for both the USA and overseas, Fenwick still manages to entice customers and consistently get great reviews. The Fenwick HMG Spinning Rods are adored by both first-time fishermen and people who have been in the game for a long time. They are great mainstream rods. Fenwick has once again challenged the idea that the ideal crankbait rods have to be made from fiberglass. The HMG proves that this is not true. Thanks for reading our Fenwick HMG review, and I hope you were able to make your final decision!

Best Spinning Rod Under 100 Dollars

Best Spinning Rod Under 100 Dollars Review

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Fenwick HMG Spinning Rod
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Abu Garcia Veritas 2.0 Spinning Rod
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Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Rod
Price: $$$Price: $$Price: $
Material: GraphiteMaterial: GraphiteMaterial: Graphite and Fiberglass
Length Range: 6' to 7'6"Length Range: 6'6" to 7'Length Range: 5'6" to 7'
Power Range: Ultra Light to Medium HeavyPower Range: Medium Light to Medium HeavyPower Range: Medium
Action Range: Moderate to FastAction Range: Moderate Fast to FastAction Range: Fast
Handle Material: Cork and FoamHandle Material: FoamHandle Material: Foam
Line Rating Range: 2-17 lbLine Rating Range: 6-14 lbLine Rating Range: 6-15 lb
Pieces: 1 or 2 piecePieces: 1 or 2 piecePieces: 1 or 2 piece

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Fenwick HMG Spinning Rod SeriesEDITOR’S PICK – Fenwick HMG Spinning Rod Series

For under $100, you can find a very good spinning rod, and you will have many options. To learn how to choose a spinning rod, click here. With all the options on the market today, it can be difficult to narrow the selection down to the final rod you want. Here, we will go over three of the top spinning rods under 100 bucks.

Fenwick HMG Spinning Rod Series

Fenwick HMG Spinning Rod Series

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From one of the premier name brands in fishing comes the HMG, the first graphite rod ever made and now it is refined to be better than ever. This rod is available from 6 feet to 7.5 feet long in powers from ultralight to medium heavy. It’s interesting to note they have a 7 foot ultralight power rod, which is longer than you will find many ultralight rods. The sensitivity on this would be outstanding. Line ratings start at 2 pounds and go up to 17 pounds, giving you a very wide variety. Actions come from Medium to Fast, so this series would be great for most species of fish that don’t have super thin mouths.

The blank material is graphite for the ultimate sensitivity and strength, and the handle material is basically an enhanced cork that doesn’t lose its grip when wet. It also has foam where needed for extra comfort. It has the option of coming in one or two pieces so you can choose what you prefer.

Reviewers say this is one of the most sensitive rods they have ever used, with a crisp, forgiving action that enhances sensitivity. This rod also comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty, which means if it breaks due to a manufacturers defect at any time during your life, it can be replaced for free. It also protects against accidental damage, where if it breaks due to an accident, they will give you a great deal on a replacement rod so you don’t have to pay full price again. This rod is easily one of the best spinning rods under 100.

Abu Garcia Veritas 2.0 Spinning Rod

Abu Garcia Veritas 2.0 Spinning Rod

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The Veritas 2.0 is a beautiful white rod that comes in two lengths, 6.5 and 7 feet. The lightest power it comes in is medium light and it gets up to medium heavy, making it suited for those medium sized freshwater fish like northern pike, bass, walleye, trout, catfish, and anything else that may be in that size range up to 15 pounds. In fact, it is rated for line from 6-14 pounds. The actions are medium fast to fast, providing a quick hookset and good spine for this size of fish.

This rod can come in either one or two pieces depending on what your preference is. The handle material is foam, which is comfortable to grip and doesn’t lose any grip when it’s wet out. The material this blank is made of is graphite for great sensitivity and strength. Customers are satisfied with how light this rod is, as well as its sensitivity.

Abu Garcia has a limited warranty of three years from date of purchase against manufacturers defects. They don’t offer anything if the rod is broken on accident, unlike Fenwick.

Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Rod

Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Rod

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For those looking for a durable yet fairly sensitive rod, Ugly Stik is the way to go. Ugly Stik has a reputation for being one of the most bulletproof rods on the water, and for that reason, those who are concerned about broken rods always go with these. The standard Ugly Stiks weren’t ultra sensitive and lacked some spine, so Shakespeare upgraded them by combining their traditional fiberglass with graphite to add this. The result was the GX2, a fiberglass and graphite combo. The GX2 comes in lengths from 5.5 to 7 feet and in medium power only on Amazon. The line rating for these rods is from 6-15 pounds. Action is fast for good hooksets and sensitivity. It is available in either one or two pieces.

Since Ugly Stik combined fiberglass with graphite, this rod is very durable yet more sensitive than their traditional rods. It may not be quite as sensitive as a full graphite rod, but it will take an absolute beating from kids, trucks, and more and keep fishing. So, if durability is what you are looking for, this rod is the way to go, at a great price to boot as one of the best spinning rods under 100 bucks.

Conclusion

All three rods above share some common threads but are also different in many ways. Choose the rod that fits your scenario and budget the best. If you have questions about how to choose the right spinning rod, click here. Good luck choosing the best spinning rod under 100 dollars!

How to Choose a Spinning Rod

How to Choose a Spinning Rod

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Choosing a spinning rod is a daunting task due to the massive variety of rods on the market. There are many different lengths, weights, sizes, and actions of spinning rods available, so it is important to learn about what to look for in your next spinning rod, whether it’s your first or your tenth. The specifications to watch for are: size, line and lure weight, action, power, and sensitivity. 

If you are interested in an in dept review, check out our ideas about the Fenwick HMG.

Size

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Size of the rod includes the physical length of the rod as well as how many pieces it breaks down into. Spinning rods normally come in lengths as short as 18 inches with ice fishing rods and get as long as 10 feet, and they come from one piece to as many as 7 pieces for a traveling rod. Ice rods are not designed to cast, so though this article will be relevant to them as well, we will primarily discuss castable spinning rods, which normally start around 4 feet long. No length or amount of pieces is better than any other; the best spinning rod varies depending on your situation.

Normally, the size range that is available depends pretty strongly on the power of the rod you are purchasing. However, a general rule of thumb as far as length goes is the longer the rod, the more power it has, and the further you can cast.

The amount of pieces that you decide to go with depends solely on how well you can protect it. Seven piece rods are traveling rods for easily carrying on planes or stowing in your backpack, while a single piece 7 foot rod is largely for those who can leave them in their boat. Many people prefer two piece rods, as they split into sections that allow for easy transportation without sacrificing sensitivity. The more pieces, the less sensitive the rod will be, as you lose a small amount of touch with each connection. For that reason, it is best to go with as few pieces as possible – if you have a boat you feel safe leaving it in where it won’t be broken, get a one piece. If you carry the rod in your car, two piece is the way to go. Or, if you travel over planes or hike in a long distance with a backpack, get a traveling rod in 6 or seven pieces.

Line and Lure Weight

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A Travel Spinning Rod

St. Croix Triumph spinning rod

Spinning rods come with a rating for the size of lures they are designed to cast as well as the line weight they are made for. The lure weight can start as low as 1/32 of an ounce and range up to over a pound, while the line ratings can vary widely as well. The goal here is to match these as closely as possible to the style of fishing you will be doing. If you are doing only panfishing for small fish, you will be fishing with small lures and likely light line, while for bass, you may be using bigger lures and slightly heavier line.

For big fish like muskies or saltwater species, the lure and line rating will be very high. Take a look at the lures you’ll be using and what they weigh to get a good idea of what range to shoot for here, and if that is difficult to find, take a look at the line rating and go with the rod rated for the pound test line you plan on using for the fish you are fishing for. Why does this work as well? Well, rod manufacturers already have matched line weights with lures commonly casted with that line weight, so if you know one or the other, you’re generally safe to go with that.

Power

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Power is perhaps the most important thing to look at. This directly impacts the stiffness of the rod and how it’ll perform pulling in fish. Power is rated from Ultralight to Heavy, and all the most common ratings in order from lightest to heaviest are: ultralight, light, medium light, medium, medium heavy, and heavy. Ultralight rods are small and bend easily, while heavy rods are big, thick, and don’t bend easily unless there is a huge fish on the end. Basically, the power rating tells you how stiff of a rod you’re getting. Which rating should you look for? It totally depends on many factors: personal preference, species of fish, and lure size.

Let’s talk about the fish you are going after. Smaller fish like panfish can’t put up much of a run, so you don’t need a whole lot of power to bring them in. Medium sized fish like walleyes, northern pike, bass, and trout are capable of putting up a decent run, so you do need some power but not a ton. Large fish like muskie, saltwater fish, and stripers can run for hours, which is why you have a powerful rod to pull them in when they don’t want to come in. The smaller the fish, the lighter the power you can go with, while the heavier the fish, the heavier the action.

This is where personal preference also comes into play. Some people thoroughly enjoy fighting the fish for a few minutes before bringing it in – that’s the main focus of fishing for them. People like this might drop down one power rating just to fight a little longer, as they can’t power the fish in then. Others, like tournament anglers and diehards, like to bring the fish in as quickly as possible, so they might upgrade a power rating so they can always power the fish in without giving it a chance to get off. For most people, it is appropriate to choose the rating most relevant to the fish species they are going after.

Action

Action is another very important factor when choosing a spinning rod. Action impacts the point at which the rod bends. An extra fast action rod bends very close to the tip and therefore feels stiff, while an extra slow action rod bends just above the grip, making it feel floppy. This is important because your casting distance and hookup rate are directly impacted by it.

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Faster action rods can cast normal sized lures further because they are stiffer, while slower action rods just don’t have the power to cast these types of lures out. However, slower action rods can cast smaller lures much more smoothly because they act like a spring to push these lures that can’t carry themselves with their own weight, much like a fly rod. A fast action rod would be pretty worthless for casting light lures, while a slow action rod isn’t nearly as good at casting normal to large lures. Get a slower action rod for lighter lures and a fast action rod for heavier lures.

Hookup rates with fish are directly impacted because the rod obviously bends when you set the hook. Imagine setting the hook with a stiff rod on a thin-mouthed fish – it would tear their lips. On the other hand, imagine setting the hook on a flimsy rod on a bony-mouthed fish. It wouldn’t be able to drive the hook past the barb into the fishes mouth, so the fish could get off easily. Each action has it’s place with fish. Papermouthed fish like crappies, panfish, and more should always be fished with a slower action rod, while hard-mouthed fish like northern pike, walleye, bass, and more should always be fished with a faster action rod. Fish in between like catfish, trout, and carp can be fished with a medium to fast action.

Sensitivity

Sensitivity is the last thing to really look for in a spinning rod. While the best way to find out sensitivity is to test the rod out physically at the store, you can also look at the type of materials used in rod construction, the price point, how many pieces it is, and reviews left by other users.

If you have a chance to test a rod out at the store, many people like to do a basic test of holding it like you would while fishing and having someone lightly tap the other end, or have them hold it to their neck and speak. If you can feel the rod vibrating from that small vibration, it’s a keeper.

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Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2, a fiberglass and graphite combination

Materials used should be good quality graphite. You can certainly purchase a fiberglass rod, but in my experience, they haven’t had the same sensitivity as graphite, though they may be more durable and resistant to cracking under intense pressure. As the price goes up, generally the quality of the graphite rises as well, giving you a more sensitive rod.
The number of pieces affects sensitivity greatly as well. A single piece rod will always be the most sensitive because when a fish bites, the “tic” can travel down the whole rod without interference. As you get more and more pieces, there is more interference and thus less sensitivity down at the end you are holding. Go with as few pieces as you can without risking damaging the rod during transport.

Read reviews left by other users on places like Amazon, Cabelas, or this site you are on to see what other customers are saying. The beauty of reviews is they can give you a very good overall picture of exactly what type of spinning rod you are getting.

Conclusion

Choosing a spinning rod should be a lot easier once you understand what to look at. The classifications of action, power, size, line and lure weight, as well as sensitivity, can tell you exactly how to choose a spinning rod. Good luck on your selection, and don’t be afraid to purchase more than one for various uses.