When using a buzz bait or spinner bait, I will add a trailer hook to increase my hook-up percentage. This will help in catching those fish that only “slap” at your bait. Try placing your trailer hook upside down or add a treble hook. This tip is only good if you’re fishing in open water or very sparse cover
There are two different hooks to use for reaction baits at least in my book anyway. The first hook is a round bent treble hook and the second is a Kayle style (EWG). For surface baits and when the fish slap at the bait “like during the spawn” the round bend hook, hooks more bass fish. Read More…
The variety of materials currently used to make bass fishing weights offers an opportunity for experimentation. Brass, steel and tungsten weights produce different sounds when bouncing on bottom than the usual lead sinkers. These subtleties in sound can sometimes mean the difference between provoking a strike and coming up empty
When fishing a top water rat or mouse try putting a rattle or two inside. This will give it a lot more sound and a little more weight for casting. You can even add split shot to it if more weight is needed for longer casts while bass fishing.