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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-11-2017, 09:06 AM Thread Starter
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Avoiding Gut Hooking Question

Went out fishing yesterday and had a very successful outing. (For the exception of getting stung by 3 or 4 yellow jackets ) Landed 6 or 7 bass in a couple hours and missed just as many. Caught one real nice 5 pounder. I was using rapalas and Texas rigged worms. A couple of the ones I caught on the worms ended up getting gut hooked so I just cut my line and threw them back in.


Do any of you have any kind of method to avoid gut hooking on a Texas rig ? Usually when they hit you have to give them time to get the whole worm in their mouth so at times when I set the hook they have inhaled it so deep that I end up gut hooking them. Fishing for bass with a worm and slip sinker has always been my go to and my favorite way to fish for them. At the same time I hate when I gut hook one.


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Take a look at YouTube on hook removal of gut hooked bass....very simple procedure and won't hurt the fish....the method works really well.

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I never gut hook bass on Texas rigs. Don't let them swim with the bait in their mouths....feel the tap, reel down until you feel weight and then set the hook!
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Stay in Constant contact with your line, NO Slack.

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45+ years of worming and I've had a few swallow it, usually fish that hit on the fall and swim towards you. I rarely fish wacky rigged Senko's due to my "gut hooked" ratio increasing. Sometimes I can get it out but if it's deep I'll cut the line as close as I can. I try to be careful and not cause more damage. I've caught a few that were "passing" hooks.

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As stated before keep your line tight as possible and about one to two taps and set the hook. Sounds like you're giving them a little too long to eat.
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As stated before keep your line tight as possible and about one to two taps and set the hook. Sounds like you're giving them a little too long to eat.
I have been . Usually I would let them run with it until they stopped and then set the hook.
I will be sure to try everyone's advice and set the hook sooner.

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good advice given, thanks for sharing
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I wacky rig with a Gamagatsu circle hook and an o ring. no more gut hooks...

I have tried the hook removal method thru the gills and got back the hook and the worm!

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