1. Determine what your goals are. Your goals could be to have fun, get some exercise, explore new places, to test your fishing skill, as a profession or to catch fish.
- If you are unsure of what to use, worms, minnows, and leeches are all good bets.
- Another method to avoid setting the hook too quickly is to hold your rod with your left hand, assuming you are right handed, because your reflexes are slower left-handed. Whatever the case, do not set the hook to quickly with natural bait.
- When you extract the hook from the fish's mouth, note where it is. If it is in the gills or stomach you are setting the hook too late. Set the hook, so the hook is in the fish's mouth and not too far in.
- Conversely, be prepared to set the hook immediately after casting your lure, predator fish might track the flight of your lure, in the air, and viciously attack it when it hits the water.
- Be prepared to set your hook, at the end of your retrieve, when casting, just as your lure or bait is about to come out of the water. The fish will follow your lure or bait swimming behind it, behind and to the side, or be waiting in ambush at the shoreline or by the boat. With soft lures, the main problem is getting excited and setting the hook too fast and too hard, be alert so you can control your impulses.
13. Bass tend to usually bite more at sunset and sunrise than during the day.