Stay in the game! Don't let a lull in the action break your concentration. Fish hard from the beginning to the end, and don't take a break while you still have a rod in your hand. Fish like you mean it or go home!
Set the hook slow, but set it hard! Most anglers don't realize that bass do not strike a lure fished below the surface in the same manner they take a lure on the surface. Below the surface, bass will approach a lure or worm and inhale it. They accomplish this by flaring their gills and suck in the offering along with nearly two gallons of water.
Bass don't strike sub-surface; they inhale. Anglers using rubber soft baits should recognize this behavior and lower their rod tip on the first indication of a take. A brief pause before setting the hook will almost always result in a hook-up, while an instant set usually takes the bait out of their mouth.
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