Rod tip and worm fishing
The fall can be some of the best worm fishing of the season. Small worms and lots of bites go together like chips and football in the fall time of the year.


Many worm fishermen will really improve their hook-up ratio if they position the rod tip high. Keeping your focus on your rod tip in a 12 o’clock position while the worm works itself to the bottom gives you several advantages. With the fall being such a strong, active time of year for worm fishing, you can improve your hook-ups and miss less fish with a high rod tip position because you can line watch and get stronger hook sets.
You see, there are two keys to worm fishing, the first is getting the bite. The second is getting a good hook set so that you put the fish in the boat. Getting the bite in the fall generally means you’re fishing the worm slow and letting it slowly sink to the bottom. This requires patience and technique. You have to let the worm slowly sink to the bottom, but when you’re doing this, the rod tip must be kept high so the worm drops in a vertical fall. This allows the slightest movement to be detected. Many times you also just see the line move in the opposite direction of what you might expect. A high rod tip allows you to see the line and detect the visual movement as well. It’s also easier to feel the bite with the high tip position.
Lastly, a high rod tip allows you to drop the nose of the rod, point it at the fish and give a good yank when you set the hook. The problem is that many fishermen believe that if you drop the rod tip the bass will let it go. Quite frankly, the only way a bass will let it go is if they feel you, and that comes from pressure on the rod tip. The key is: drop the hook and worm, tighten the line to where the bass won’t feel you, and point the tip of the rod at the bite and set the hook. This will allow you to feel the bass, but you will go undetected, allowing you to bring more bass into the boat.


Captain Mike

Dunham's Sports

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