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How Common is Bass Thumb? #13649875 07/30/20 04:17 AM
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I always hear of people getting bass thumb from lippin' smaller bass and getting their fingers chewed up by the small teeth. I've personally never experienced it. I don't wear gloves or anything, and I lip 'em then release 'em.

Am I just not catching enough bass to get the privilege of experiencing bass thumb?


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Re: How Common is Bass Thumb? [Re: BiteArray] #13649885 07/30/20 04:51 AM
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I get it after only a couple of fish. It takes a big one, or a large number for me to truly break skin and bleed. In my totally unscientific experience, it really depends on the individual, and how tough their skin is...

I bet for those with a few calluses on the fingers, it is harder to acquire...

Just curious, but what line of work are you in? Do you play a stringed instrument where the thumbs are toughened, or maybe work in the yard around your house? Hey, just found another one... Do you bowl in a league?

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Re: How Common is Bass Thumb? [Re: BiteArray] #13649886 07/30/20 04:57 AM
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More common for some than others. Lol

Re: How Common is Bass Thumb? [Re: BiteArray] #13649900 07/30/20 08:12 AM
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Re: How Common is Bass Thumb? [Re: BiteArray] #13649941 07/30/20 11:38 AM
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It's real prevalent in Mexico!
You can get it on Big Sam, Athens, Squaw Creek, and Possum Kingdom.
You can't get it on Ray Roberts !

Re: How Common is Bass Thumb? [Re: BiteArray] #13649962 07/30/20 12:01 PM
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One big one that’s angry or a bunch of fish in one day. Never gotten to the point that my thumb has bled. Usually just a little roughed up. I like it.


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Re: How Common is Bass Thumb? [Re: BiteArray] #13649968 07/30/20 12:10 PM
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Re: How Common is Bass Thumb? [Re: BiteArray] #13650017 07/30/20 12:52 PM
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Bass thumb means the fish are too small. You gotta get gashes across your palm to be really having a good day.


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Re: How Common is Bass Thumb? [Re: SteezMacQueen] #13650050 07/30/20 01:20 PM
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Originally Posted by SteezMacQueen
Bass thumb means the fish are too small. You gotta get gashes across your palm to be really having a good day.


Truth right here...I've had days where my inner palm and thumb look I took a belt sander to them. Those are the BEST trips.

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Any bass thumb is a good day but when they go halfway across your hand then you know it was a Great day!!!

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Re: How Common is Bass Thumb? [Re: BiteArray] #13650079 07/30/20 01:38 PM
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small ones do it to me worse. You can't get your thumb inside of their "teeth" and if you catch a mess of them, they
tear the thumb up.

Best "injury" to evey have is bass thumb...........



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Re: How Common is Bass Thumb? [Re: David Welcher] #13650110 07/30/20 02:09 PM
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Originally Posted by David Welcher
It's real prevalent in Mexico!
You can get it on Big Sam, Athens, Squaw Creek, and Possum Kingdom.
You can't get it on Ray Roberts !

After about 3 days of this; it begins to take the fun out of it. We try to prevent it from happening with tape and then gloves over the top. By the end of the week the roll of tape is gone.

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Re: How Common is Bass Thumb? [Re: BiteArray] #13650358 07/30/20 05:10 PM
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Bad? Where it hurts rarely

But my hand will be roughed up at anything over about 10 fish


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Re: How Common is Bass Thumb? [Re: Rockfisherman] #13650361 07/30/20 05:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Rockfisherman
small ones do it to me worse. You can't get your thumb inside of their "teeth" and if you catch a mess of them, they
tear the thumb up.

Best "injury" to evey have is bass thumb...........



I disagree... Get ahould of 7+ lbers... And they tear you up after 1 or two... Only reason I can say this is it happened in Mexico... Gloves are a MUST for me now down there

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Re: How Common is Bass Thumb? [Re: BiteArray] #13650372 07/30/20 05:17 PM
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I get it a lot when I’ve had a good day. Sometimes I need to put on a sun glove or something when it gets bad. Then I know it’s a GREAT day.


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