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FEEL A FISH: 5 EFFECTIVE TIPS FOR DETECTING FISH BITES

Detecting when a fish has taken your bait plays an important role in a successful catch, but most of the time, it’s more difficult than it sounds. There are many factors involved and to be considered as well as many strategies or tips to finally learn to detect a bite. Aside from watching the rod, here are five effective tips for detecting fish bites.

KNOW THE SPECIES

Knowing the kind of fish you’re actually fishing for will play a big role when it comes to detecting bites. Aside from the other elements to consider, you first need to achieve the correct balance of fishing gear to the right species. It can be a challenge, but with a little research, you can figure it all out. For instance, Mullet and Sole are known for their light bites, while Bass and eel can give the hardest of tugs. Know which kind of bite your species is known for to help you detect fish bites easier next time.

BALANCE YOUR TACKLE

Balance your fishing gear correctly with the environment to be able to easily distinguish bites. If you decide to fish in deep and rough waters or want to hold to the bottom with strong currents, don’t use lighter fishing equipment because it won’t show any movement even when a fish has taken the bait. Pay close attention also to what kind of fishing line you’re using. Braided lines can help to detect bites easier as they have little to no stretch to them. Monofilament lines, however, have more stretch to them, which makes it hard to notice softer bites.

WATCH THE TIDE

When the flood starts to pick up, your line’s resistance to the current will greatly affect your ability to detect any bites. This is why you need to be more vigilant when the tide is high. However, it’s a good time to catch fish because they head shallower and feed when the tide rises and return to deeper water as the tide falls.

CONSIDER WIND CONDITION

The wind also has a big effect on your bite detection ability. Strong winds can cause your line to move, giving you false detections. However, windy conditions can also be a blessing. It concentrates plankton, thus attracting baitfish and, in turn, attracts Bass.

FEEL THE LURE

This may sound difficult, but with practice, you can perfect this method for detecting fish bites. To do this, the main idea is to learn how your lure feels like most of the time. Learn how it feels with and without a fish biting on it. Take every chance to know how it feels when it gets stuck on rocks or weeds, then compare it to how it feels when a fish is actually biting on it. It takes time, but this method is an effective and helpful tip for detecting fish bites.

Have you ever wondered how many fish you could have already caught but failed to do so? These failures can be due to so many factors and one of which is down to the bites you never noticed or reacted to. The basic principles are practice and vigilance. Balancing your equipment, understanding the condition of the wind and the water and paying more attention to your feelings are among the effective tips for successfully detecting fish bites. With enough patience and practice, you’ll be a pro in catching those sneaky bites.

 


 

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Jackson Williams
jacksonw@dinga.com.au

Jackson Williams has been fishing around Australia for 20 years and loves his home region of far north Queensland.