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#11799952 - 08/27/16 11:55 AM Bank fishing question (new angler)
noshoe Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 08/02/16
Posts: 4
I'm very new to fishing, so go easy on me.

I was fishing at Lake Ray Hubbard from a dock, under the bridge. It is heavily stained water, so I wasn't able to see what was going on. However, I got 6 or 7 nibbles in the same spot on 3 different lures/baits but was never able to catch whatever it was. I used a small hook and Gulp worm piece, top water frog, and rebel crickhopper. Each time I got over the spot I would feel a strike - super super quick. Am I just not setting the hook right? Should I use a different rig? Any general tips are welcome too.


Edited by noshoe (08/27/16 11:55 AM)

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#11800041 - 08/27/16 01:43 PM Re: Bank fishing question (new angler) [Re: noshoe]
Hookinup Offline
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Registered: 02/07/15
Posts: 86
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: noshoe
I'm very new to fishing, so go easy on me.

Each time I got over the spot I would feel a strike - super super quick. Am I just not setting the hook right? Should I use a different rig? Any general tips are welcome too.


Turtle ?




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#11800115 - 08/27/16 02:43 PM Re: Bank fishing question (new angler) [Re: noshoe]
noshoe Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 08/02/16
Posts: 4
Maybe a turtle, I was in the spot for a couple hours and I never saw it surface for air. However, it could have been.

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#11800130 - 08/27/16 02:59 PM Re: Bank fishing question (new angler) [Re: noshoe]
Tc24 Offline
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Registered: 08/05/16
Posts: 31
Loc: Dallas texas
I remember having that happen to me one day & after getting my bait robbed several times I finally hooked what at first felt like a catfish, but turned out to be a turtle... NIce thing is with a turtle is that the shell makes a nice bowl for turtle soup.... Lol
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#11800318 - 08/27/16 05:21 PM Re: Bank fishing question (new angler) [Re: noshoe]
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Registered: 01/12/07
Posts: 2122
Could have been a gar. They're notoriously hard to hook, and will hit about anything. Next time you go, watch the top of the water and you might to be able to see one surface.

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#11802533 - 08/29/16 11:00 AM Re: Bank fishing question (new angler) [Re: noshoe]
plasma800 Offline
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Registered: 10/13/14
Posts: 361
Loc: Montgomery Texas
Most likely it's small sunfish pecking at your bait. Bluegill, redear and what not.

Easy way to find out. Take your self out a little box of earthworms, a #10 cricket hook, and a bobber... thread about an inch of worm on the little hook and drop it out. I bet it gets nailed in .05 seconds. I carry a cheap Shakespear ultralight combo with 4 or 6 lb mono on it for this purpose. You can catch 30 to 50 an hour like this, and any bluegill over 5 inches is mighty fine at the dinner table.

Those little sunfish seem to congregate, and usually around "something" like a depression, or a stump, or a log that you can't see, and almost always within a set distance from the bank. Could be two feet today, 4 feet tomorrow, but once you've located one, you've just located lots of them.

If your hook is too big, they'll peck at the bait, but never take the hook. If your bait is too stiff, like the gulp night crawlers can be, it can hinder hookup rate. Nothing beats live earthworms for this except maybe live crickets. Once you see a #10 cricket hook, you'll completely understand, and it's addicting.

http://www.academy.com/webapp/wcs/stores...92-adType%5EPLA

These things are TINY, and the long shank helps get them out of the small fishes mouth.



Edited by plasma800 (08/29/16 11:05 AM)

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#11802560 - 08/29/16 11:09 AM Re: Bank fishing question (new angler) [Re: noshoe]
plasma800 Offline
Angler

Registered: 10/13/14
Posts: 361
Loc: Montgomery Texas
and if you REALLY want to be effective at it, but it's more complicated, rig the ultralight up like a drop shot using a 1/8 ounce weight. Tieing it up takes more steps, but once you have it down, you can do it in seconds. Put the weight some 8 to 12 inches below the cricket hook, (no bobber of course) and just toss it maybe 10 feet from the bank. Tight line it and move it back to you a foot at a time until you find the honey hole, then just keep tossing into that honey hole... it's not even casting, you can just underhand toss it

I also have a child's rod with a spincast, 4lb line, and I use it all the time for this.. works perfect.

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#11802567 - 08/29/16 11:13 AM Re: Bank fishing question (new angler) [Re: plasma800]
JJ4MEL Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 01/21/09
Posts: 888
Loc: McKinney, TX
Originally Posted By: plasma800
Most likely it's small sunfish pecking at your bait. Bluegill, redear and what not.

Easy way to find out. Take your self out a little box of earthworms, a #10 cricket hook, and a bobber... thread about an inch of worm on the little hook and drop it out. I bet it gets nailed in .05 seconds. I carry a cheap Shakespear ultralight combo with 4 or 6 lb mono on it for this purpose. You can catch 30 to 50 an hour like this, and any bluegill over 5 inches is mighty fine at the dinner table.

Those little sunfish seem to congregate, and usually around "something" like a depression, or a stump, or a log that you can't see, and almost always within a set distance from the bank. Could be two feet today, 4 feet tomorrow, but once you've located one, you've just located lots of them.

If your hook is too big, they'll peck at the bait, but never take the hook. If your bait is too stiff, like the gulp night crawlers can be, it can hinder hookup rate. Nothing beats live earthworms for this except maybe live crickets. Once you see a #10 cricket hook, you'll completely understand, and it's addicting.

http://www.academy.com/webapp/wcs/stores...92-adType%5EPLA

These things are TINY, and the long shank helps get them out of the small fishes mouth.



This was going to be my guess too. I hated notorious perch peck when I was fishing tourneys.

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#11804668 - 08/30/16 01:40 PM Re: Bank fishing question (new angler) [Re: noshoe]
noshoe Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 08/02/16
Posts: 4
Thanks for the advice, I will pick up some cricket hooks.

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#11806170 - 08/31/16 11:28 AM Re: Bank fishing question (new angler) [Re: noshoe]
TXfisherman12 Offline
Angler

Registered: 03/12/12
Posts: 278
Loc: Sugar Land, TX
I agree that it was probably a small sunfish, but most likely non table fare size. After spending a few minutes trying to catch one I usually move to another spot if that is the only fish hitting my lures. In my experience, gar will usually hit hard and take off with a lure, but then get off because the hook wasn't set in their mouth (I am usually fishing ultra-light and small-sized bass/crappie lures).
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