How To Fish For Bass Using Circle Hooks And Soft Plastics
There are many styles of fishing. This article will show you the most simple and effective way to get fishing. This is my go-to bass fishing setup. It’s a variation of a weightless texas rig, using a circle hook instead of a straight shank or offset hook, and it’s a great way to fish plastics and catch some bass.
Before you head out for your first fishing trip, you’ll want to make sure you have the following gear:
- Fishing License – get your Florida bass fishing license, please click here
- Rod – Most bass fishing rods run between 6 and 8 feet. Lighter tackle is great is better for beginners. It’s more sensitive, making it easier to detect bites. Moderate and heavier power rods are ideal for reaction baits and finesse presentations.
- Reel – I recommend a spinning reel for most beginners. I like the Quantum Throttle Spin Reel, either the THX30, which is what I would consider a medium-sized spin reel, and the THX20, which is smaller. For kids, you’ll want a spincast reel.
- Line – For bass fishing, spool your reel with six to 12-pound test monofilament or fluorocarbon fishing line.
- Hooks – For this rig, use a 3/0 circle hook. A circle hook curves inward, which means you do not set the hook like you do with an offset or straight shank hook, you reel in which helps the hook find a convenient home in the corner of the fish’s mouth. These are good hooks for young children and beginners, because it helps prevent from gut hooking fish and hooks are almost always easily removed without the need for pliers of dehooking devices.
- Bait – I primarily use plastic worms, but you can use craws, lizards, or any other soft plastic. I like the Zoom Trick Worm in White, Limetreuse and Bubblegum or for a more realistic baitfish presentation, the Yum Swurm product line.
- A place to fish – There are many factors to consider when choosing the best place to fish, but fishing is fun and to get started you just need a body of water you can legally access.
You can either use a palomar knot or a clinch knot. Using either knot, tie the circle hook onto the terminus of your fishing line. Thread the plastic worm onto the hook, starting at the head or thickest part of the creature.
To tie a palomar knot:
- Pass the fishing line through the eye of the hook, pull about 6 inches through, double the line back and go through the eye again
- Tie a simple overhand knot in the doubled line, letting the hook hang loose
- Pull the end of the loop down, passing it completely over the hook
- Pull both ends of the line to draw up the knot
To tie a clinch knot:
- Thread the end of the line through your hook
- Wrap the line around itself 4-6 times around itself
- Feed the end of the line back through the loop and pull it tight
When you’re ready to cast your line, hold the rod out to your side, then sweep it forward like you’re skipping a stone as you release the line.
Start reeling in very slowly, lightly jerking the bait to give fish the impression that it is alive. Experiment with different methods until you get a bite. Do not immediately start reeling back in as soon as you’ve cast. It is not uncommon to catch a fish on the first cast in a good location at the right time. Sometimes it seems instantaneous with the bait hitting the water – so be prepared. Don’t cast and relax. Be ready to set the hook. After you’ve reeled in a little bit, you can let the bait lay still a few minutes – this is called deadsticking.
You will be able to feel a “strike” or a “hit.” It feels like a thud or a pull on the line. Keep your line taught enough to engage immediately if needed. Watch your line. You might see the slack go tight, as if your line is swimming away – that’s a fish, set the hook. After a few casts and retrieves, if you still haven’t gotten a bite, try casting somewhere else.
Beginners catch fewer fish – a lot of times not even realizing they were getting bites. It can be difficult to tell if you have a bite or if you’re just feeling a change in the bottom, a current or the tug of vegetation (happens…). Only practice can help you get better at detecting bites and reacting to them.
Remove the hook
Gently back the hook out, so that it comes out the way it came in. There are special tools designed for taking hooks out, although needle nosed pliers work quite effectively. Circle hooks almost always hook conveniently in the corner of a fishes’ mouth. If you’re just catching for fun, take a quick picture to commemorate your catch and toss the fish back gently into the water.
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