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How To Detect A Bite | Bass Fishing

How To Detect A Bite | Bass Fishing

Hey folks, Glenn May here with
and one of the questions we always get on the forums is, what does the bite feel like
when I’m fishing plastic worms? You know, when I’m fishing beavers or I’m fishing Rage
Roosters or any other kinda soft plastic bait, what does that bite feel like? A lot of people
jump on the thread and they’ll try to explain either what it looks like. They’ll say, hey,
the line will jump or it will swim off to one side or the other or else they’ll try
to explain what it feels like. It’s kind of a mushy feel or there’s a tap-tap, which is
the bass yanking on it on the other end of the line or maybe you don’t feel any weight
at all. It’s just you lose contact with the bait. I mean, on and on, all these descriptions
of what it might feel like but really, it’s not going to give you a sense of what it feels
like. You gotta be on the water and you gotta feel it. You have to experience it. That’s
really the only way you’re gonna know what that bite feels like. So, today, instead of me trying to explain
to you what it might feel like, I’m gonna give you some homework. I’m gonna step you
through what I did to learn how to feel that bite and, when you’re done with this homework,
I promise you you will know what that bite feels like and you’ll be on your way to becoming
proficient in fishing soft plastic baits. So, the first thing you need to know is this
concept. It’s very difficult, if not impossible, with few exceptions, to tell the size of the
fish based upon the soft plastic bite. That bite feels pretty much the same whether it’s
an eight-incher or an eight-pounder. It’s really hard to distinguish. You talk to any
experienced bass angler, he’s going to have a hard time explaining to you how big that
fish is based on the bite alone. There are some exceptions. The little small fish, when
they pick up the bait and try to run off with it, you might feel kind of a machine gun at
the end of line when their tail is running off and they’re trying to take off with it
but, really, there’s very few examples where you’d really know the size of the fish is
based on the bite. So, we’re going to use that to your advantage
today. What you’re gonna do is rig up a split shot rig, one of these babies right here.
If you don’t know how to rig this up, I have a video that shows you exactly how to do it.
It’s linked here at the bottom of the video. You might want to watch that one after watching
this one, because it’ll show you how to rig this up. You’re just gonna take a split shot
rig and, at the business end of it, you’re going to put one of these on here. It’s a
little four inch ribbon tail worm. There’s all kinds of companies that makes this. You
can buy it at your local tackle store, get a color that you want. If you’re not sure
what color to get, get this one. This is green pumpkin right here. Buy a couple bags, you’re
probably gonna go through a few of these. Then, what you’re gonna do is fish during
the warmest time of the year or the warmer months, anytime say, three to four weeks after
the spawn all the way up through the summer. You’re gonna fish this exclusively, all day
long, up shallow. The reason being is all the little bass, that’s when their most active.
They’re gonna be up shallow, eager to bite basically anything. You could throw a piece
of popcorn out there and you’ll probably get them, but you want them on this. Over the
course of a day or two of fishing this, you’re going to catch 30, 40, 50 fish, not more than
maybe a pound and a half. When I did it, I caught 43 fish and the biggest one was a pound
and a half. But, at the end of that, those two days, you’re
gonna feel the bite, all the different ways a fish will bite a worm, you’ll fish it many
times over. You’ll feel that over and over again. You’ll experience them all and, by
the end of those two days, you’ll know exactly what the bite feels like. You’ll know what
to look for, you’ll know what it feels like, you’ll know the difference between a rock,
weed, wood, all that plus the bite. For more tips like this, visit

100 comments on “How To Detect A Bite | Bass Fishing

  1. Bass hit in so many different ways that's it's almost impossible to explain what a bite feels like. It's just one of those things that you have to experience. No amount of explanation can beat actual time on the water.

  2. Great video, Glenn. I think most of the principles you outlined here would apply to jig fishing as well (this coming from "the world's worst jig fisherman" 🙂 )
     Count me in for the bait draw please

  3. Another great instructional video. What type of a rod would you recommend for this homework assignment.

  4. Maybe it's just my perception but my biggest bass have come on almost undetectable bites. Something just felt ever so slightly different. I definitely have had more hook ups than misses in that situation.

  5. Very nice way to explain it. I usually use hard baits because I've always been wary of being able to detect the bite but a few weeks ago I bought some Zoom Super Hogs but I was in a small pond & only caught one fish due to limited time on water plus fishing from shore but the one I did catch was maybe a 1/2 lb if that big but the only way I noticed was he took off to the side. Might have to go to a better stocked pond or lake & try Glenn's way because I was fishing mine Texas rigged.

  6. I teach this skill to my son when he first started bass fishing. I go back and do this at a new lake I go to just to get use to the feel again when I haven't been fishing for a while. Great video keep them coming.

  7. You are right, some things just can't be fully explained, you just have to experience it. Another good video, thanks.

  8. Glenn ; this is a great video; I fish over 200 days a year This is what I used when I started fishing , this also is true on  all different baits,and different water conditions as well keep up the good work.  we all like your videos. it helps . Dave Norton.

  9. This is great advice for showing kids and moving them from bluegills and sunfish to largemouth. Even better feel with light tackle.

  10. great video! and very true. When i first started fishing I read about how to detect bites and it helped a little, but nothing helped remotely like just fishing a small finesse bait and catching 20-30 bass per day with it.

  11. Enjoying the informative videos here.  Some other videos teach nothing.  Between this and Flukemaster, you do not need much else to learn about bass fishing.  Thanks!

  12. I really like this video, I am always having trouble getting the feel of the hit.  I am going to try the homework you gave.  I have plenty of 4 1/2 inch worms to use.

  13. If it wasn't for bass resource and fluke master I would have never caught a fish thanks for the videos keep it up

  14. Yeah, sometimes you see the line moving, but, if you are lightly shaking or moving the bait (as in a dropshot or a senko T-rig), you may learn to feel the slight resistance.  If using a dropshot, those little small hooks (especially like Gamakatsu) pretty much hook themselves if you just pull to see if there is some real resistance.  With Senkos (and other soft plastics) you may have to drop the rod tip and then haul back to set the hook.  Dropping the rod tip is to 1. allow the bass to not feel you pulling on it and 2 allow the bass to get it enough into their mouth so you won't just pull it out of their mouth.  That said, it becomes even more critical to learn what that first soft bite feels like.  — And then there are the times when a bass will just wham and take off with it, and there's no doubt you need to set the hook and reel it in.

  15. Great video. He is right you have to learn the way the bite feels for your self it is the only way you will understand what it feels like.

  16. Thanks for the insight…experience will definitely help you determine when to set the hook. A good quality rod will allow the angler to feel the bite better as well.

  17. As a beginner, 2 years serious Bass fishing, Bass resource for me is the "go to site" for all things bass… Just like this video! Thanks so much

  18. I've tried the slip shot in the past, with some luck but nothing compares to just feel.  When the bass hit either lite or heavy it's just something you have to get use too.

  19. Excellent video for a very practical way to learn what a bite feels like. Bass Resource does it again! Great job Glenn!

  20. So I tried this the last two weekends I went fishing and I used a 4" Zoom Dead Ringer in Green Pumpkin and it is great I am catching larger fish and it is a blast.  I am now going to use this bait for drop shotting this weekend.  Thanks

  21. Wow great video!! I have a friend who is very experienced but me… Not so much.. I think this will help me a lot so thank you!!

  22. I've been bass fishing for close to 8 years now and just started to get into jig fishing and I seem to always miss the fish and I've been told it's almost as if when you lift your rod it feels like your snagged and I was wondering if that was true

  23. lmao what!? 30-40-50 fish!?
    …I could fish all day and not catch anything.
    usually I land about 3-6 bass in a day though when fishing is normal
    I use 10" berkeley power worms
    Either I'm doing something wrong or the waters I'm fishing are below average fertility..

  24. I'm really having a hard time getting fish, bass and channel catfish to bite. The water has just went down from flood water. The water is stained and muddy. Just can't get those locked jaw fish to bite.

  25. I'm having a really hard time getting bass. I got a small one the other day on a soft plastic minnow/shad looking thing as I was reeling it in at a high speed to move to a different spot. In that same part of the pond, first cast out with a brand new bluegill looking soft plastic lure, a big bass came and took my line way down deep and it snapped trying to bring him up. In the last month those are the only two bites I've gotten and I've been going just about everyday, rotating between 2 ponds. I haven't had ANY luck with a senko but then again maybe I just don't know if I'm getting strikes? The worm comes up in fine condition, or has crawfish claw marks but no bass bites. I have no idea what I'm doing wrong, I go different times of the day, early morning, dusk, middle of the day, I fish top and bottom, along banks and islands, in clear and murky water… Someone help me!!! 😫😫

  26. I went fishing today guess what
    Caught nothing
    I went yester day guess what
    Went for a whole week guess what
    Caught nothing
    A couple weeks ago guess…
    Ok u get the point

  27. I've caught more bass in the last week or so than I have in my whole life since watching this video and trying this out to learn what the bite feels like. And it's only the first of March now. I've been fishing 4" Yum Dinger's with this method and it's worked great.

  28. Spot on information. I can't tell the size of the fish based on the bite. Sometimes the bite is so subtle and all you see is your line drifting away. Other times you can be reeling in and not know you hooked up until you're almost reeled in and all of a sudden the action starts. Very fun fishing bass. Agreed..Hot weather is good!

    Good job, thank you for sharing this excellent video with us.

  29. What I have noticed when I am fishing crankbaits is that your bait is moving fast so you will know when there is a sudden change in the pattern of movement of your bait.

    What I feel is that all of a sudden your bait and line stops. With authority and as soon as your bait stops you will know if you are hung or if a bass has it.

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