I guess we have all had some ideas along the way on how we might alter a bait to have it work to our advantage over how it came to us in the package. I (along with my buddies) actually have a bit of patented experience with that, and we will talk on that later. Have you ever been in the boat and your throwing exactly the same thing as the other guy, but he’s filling up his side of the well and your still looking for your first bite. I know I have, been there too many times. Was I holding my lip the wrong way, or was it, I didn’t have my lucky Carolina hat on, most of the time and I’ll emphasize most of the time, your lip is just fine and that lucky hat is just all what you put in it (i.e. in your head) or is it, lets look a little closer. In most cases, as I have learned first hand, its the retrieve, faster or slower, twitch or not, stop and pause, you name it, I’ve tried the different techniques. I even know a guy who left his crankbaits on the dash of his truck and the sun faded them and that was the difference, I am not really sure how you go about matching that. Or my buddy who was wacky rigging a french fry and ran out of the full length ones and started catching more fish by using the broken ones he had in his boat. Not only was he catching more fish but he was also increasing the size of his fish (That my friend is a case of matching the hatch). So here are a few things in my book that will separate you from the pack, that little difference that sets that Bass off and attracts him to what your throwing over the guy.
So what do we do, we put a nail in it. Say What???, Exactly, put a nail in it. Here are three quick game changers that can separate you from the field or give that fish a different look, that will entice that bite. It can be as simple as buying some finishing nails and cutting them or you go to the next level and buy some pretty cool, cylinder type ones (glass or plastic) that even have some rattles in them for that extra added edge. I generally like to use the rattle weighted ones on my crawfish type baits. No matter which way you decide to go, this can give you that added extra edge. So the next time you think you have the same bait as your buddy, look a little closer, he may just have a nail in it. As Always,
Tightlines My Friends!!!!
The Bass Dude