The old saying is that if you get bit and then feel a second bite that is the fish letting go. With soft plastics you would be surprised how long a fish will actually keep it in it's mouth. Feel the bite reel down and set that hook. And when I set the hook it is explosive and my goal is to move that fish. Ask Jeremy I have been known to launch the small ones in the air and then keep them on plane as I reel them in. If it is a big fish I want to bury that hook.Hilarious.
Thanks for the tip, I'll try that. I think once I feel the fish I'm always worried if I don't set it right away that they will get off.
I'll have to give it a go again. When I got back into fishing I started with t-rig (weightless and weighted) and never had much luck. I've figured out how to do the weedless rigging with the EWG hook, so I'll have to try againTry a texas rig too. Throw it into overhanging trees and hang on!
Thanks for that article.My drop shot hooks are sized right between you two. I use #1 Gamakatsu and I also use #2 Owner. They look the same size to me.
A size #0 hook ( also called #1/0) is two sizes larger than a #2 hook.
Related to the ease of removing hooks, one of the best tips I ever got was how to remove a hook from a Largemouth‘s gullet without hurting the fish. Knowing how to do this removed the anguish of killing these wonderful fish and keeping the spirit of catch and release. Free the Fighter!