Detecting a light bite is not as easy as it may seem especially with light-biting panfish or finicky bass. Everyone wants to know how to catch more fish and rightfully so. There are many ways to accomplish this. Probably the most simple way to catch more fish is to detect bites more efficiently. You would be surprised how many bites go undetected on any given fishing outing. So how do we as anglers go about solving this problem? The following three tips should put you on the path to detecting more bites and landing more fish.
Paying Attention Helps
This may seem funny, ironic, or even offensive to some. However, the truth of the matter is that anglers are not always the most attentive bunch. There are many things happening while we are on the water and our minds are not always where they need to be to put fish in the boat. In order to notice subtle bites, you have to pay attention. It isn't always easy, but if you want to catch fish you must keep your head in the game. If you get bored easily and have trouble focusing for longer than 10 minutes it might be time to find a new hobby.
Use The Line As Your Bobber
Another popular way to detect bites is to use your line as the bobber. This is particularly popular in the bass fishing community when using tactics like weightless soft plastics. If you match your lure with the correct size line you can actually watch your line for bites. The line will jump slightly or start to move in one direction or another. If you are observant, this can be an exhilarating way to detect bites from fish.
Detecting Bites With Your Finger
The last tip for detecting bites is to use your finger. If you watch the professionals on television or online, you have probably seen them put the line on their finger from time to time. Typically they do this when fishing very slowly, in heavy cover, or in substantial wind. By using your finger, it eliminates the need for the bite to travel through the fishing rod to your hand. You can detect bites with your index finger using both baitcasting and spinning equipment.
Updated December 14th, 2018 at 8:11 AM CT