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#10951270 - 07/01/15 12:11 PM losing LOTS of fish
YAKaddict Offline
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Registered: 11/02/14
Posts: 464
Loc: Plano
I don't know what's been going on but I'm losing fish left and right , sometimes around 5 a day. I have mostly been losing the fish on rattle traps with both a m/h or m rod. Anyone have any suggestions or ideas of what's going on. Side note I'm not using the same traps every time.I've been feeling like I have a 50/50 chance of landing fish lately and I don't like it! Any help would be great.

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#10951280 - 07/01/15 12:17 PM Re: losing LOTS of fish [Re: YAKaddict]
epicoutdoors Offline
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Registered: 02/18/08
Posts: 1813
Loc: On The Water NE Texas
Stock RT hooks are junk. Replace with quality, SHARP hooks. Keep slack out of your line while fighting the fish.

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#10951335 - 07/01/15 12:37 PM Re: losing LOTS of fish [Re: YAKaddict]
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set your drag super loose.
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#10951376 - 07/01/15 12:57 PM Re: losing LOTS of fish [Re: YAKaddict]
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Registered: 07/07/14
Posts: 1203
Loc: Wylie, TX
Lean on the fish rather than jerk set.....reel down until your pole is bowed and then "lean" back...since your bait is already moving, that action alone will bury the hooks for you
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#10951379 - 07/01/15 12:57 PM Re: losing LOTS of fish [Re: YAKaddict]
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Loc: Lubbock, Texas.
As Champion1 says, loosen your drag. On ALL CBs, I loosen my drag so that a 3 lb bass can pull just a little drag. Works with all CBs and you can always tighten it if a big fish hits. Hope this helps.

Tight lines, keep safe and good luck.

Thad Rains
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#10951403 - 07/01/15 01:09 PM Re: losing LOTS of fish [Re: YAKaddict]
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Keep continiuous pressure on him. Keep the rod tip low and crank on him. If he is wanting to jump put the rod tip in the water and crank faster, when he jumps don't stop reeling and look... keep reeling. Don't stop.. Keep pressure on. I don't loose many on traps. Use KVD #2 hooks on 1/2 oz and #1's on 3/4 oz. If you get a big one by the boat that still wants to act up and lunge down, I push the thumb bar and put my thumb on the spool until he settles down then I engage the reel and get him in;)

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#10951413 - 07/01/15 01:12 PM Re: losing LOTS of fish [Re: YAKaddict]
Fast Lane Offline
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I don't loosen the Drag on traps. I am usually ripping them free of grass and loose Drag defeats the purpose. I do loosen the drag on diving crankbaits.

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#10951553 - 07/01/15 02:16 PM Re: losing LOTS of fish [Re: YAKaddict]
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Ad one more split ring, problem solved. Takes away the leverage to throw
the bait.Thank me later.....
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#10951566 - 07/01/15 02:22 PM Re: losing LOTS of fish [Re: Rudy Lackey]
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Originally Posted By: Rudy Lackey
Ad one more split ring, problem solved. Takes away the leverage to throw
the bait.Thank me later.....


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#10951652 - 07/01/15 02:54 PM Re: losing LOTS of fish [Re: YAKaddict]
timwins31 Offline
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Are you sure it's bass and not gar? I was getting bit like crazy the other day and couldn't get a hook in. After a few minutes I figured out it was the gar. Those needlenose are really hard to hook but they can feel like a freight train when the hit.

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#10951714 - 07/01/15 03:27 PM Re: losing LOTS of fish [Re: epicoutdoors]
dinheru Offline
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Registered: 01/29/14
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Originally Posted By: epicoutdoors
Stock RT hooks are junk. Replace with quality, SHARP hooks. Keep slack out of your line while fighting the fish.


I've noticed as well that the stock hooks don't stay sharp very long. I went through a period myself where I was losing a lot of fish after 3-4 seconds of fighting. I haven't replaced my hooks, but I keep a sharpener on board my boat and when the hooks are no longer tacky on my fingertip I get to sharpening.

When I did that after the aforementioned period of heartbreak, my loss ratio dropped considerably.

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#10951776 - 07/01/15 04:02 PM Re: losing LOTS of fish [Re: YAKaddict]
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Registered: 07/05/10
Posts: 2826
Loc: Justin, TX
Originally Posted By: YAKaddict
I don't know what's been going on but I'm losing fish left and right , sometimes around 5 a day. I have mostly been losing the fish on rattle traps with both a m/h or m rod. Anyone have any suggestions or ideas of what's going on. Side note I'm not using the same traps every time.I've been feeling like I have a 50/50 chance of landing fish lately and I don't like it! Any help would be great.


What kind of line are you using?
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#10951858 - 07/01/15 04:43 PM Re: losing LOTS of fish [Re: epicoutdoors]
Ken A. Offline
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Registered: 10/02/06
Posts: 7748
Loc: Trophy Club, TX
Originally Posted By: epicoutdoors
Stock RT hooks are junk. Replace with quality, SHARP hooks. Keep slack out of your line while fighting the fish.


This ^^^^^

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#10952627 - 07/02/15 01:05 AM Re: losing LOTS of fish [Re: YAKaddict]
YAKaddict Offline
Angler

Registered: 11/02/14
Posts: 464
Loc: Plano
Thanks for the replies guys. I'm changing hooks as we speak , and I will try these suggestions. I'm positive they're bass , most of the time they are throwing the trap when they jump out of the water. I literally almost lost an eye due to a flying trap. How ironic , I throw a trap , catch the fish , the said fish then procedes to throw the trap back and almost catches me! I appreciate everyone's help

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#10952982 - 07/02/15 08:46 AM Re: losing LOTS of fish [Re: YAKaddict]
epicoutdoors Offline
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Registered: 02/18/08
Posts: 1813
Loc: On The Water NE Texas
One more comment about keeping slack out of your line. It's not just while fighting the fish to the boat. You should be keeping your rod tip low as the fish comes to the side of the boat, always countering the fishes movement with your rod. If they get a chance to jump on a slack line, there's a good chance they will shake the Trap, even with sharp hooks.

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