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Think Small for Big Results

Tom Redington


We all like catching big fish and big numbers of fish, but sometimes when you want big, you need to think small.

One of the biggest errors I see by anglers is they use tackle that is too big and catch fewer fish as a result. 

Let’s start with the bait. A great big night crawler might catch a great big fish. But too much bait on the hook makes it hard for a small fish to eat it. When you fish a great big worm under a bobber for bluegills and other panfish, the fish often pull down the bobber, but don’t get the hook. You’ll miss the fish and wind up having your bait stolen.

Instead of a full worm on my hook, I prefer to cut a small section of worm about an inch long. I thread it on the hook the same way I would pull a pair of socks over my feet, so no part of the worm is dangling off the hook. When a fish grabs my worm, it is sure to have the hook, and I catch it instead of just feeding the fish.

Another important thing to me is hook size. Most people use a hook that is way too large. Small hooks are still strong enough to catch even catfish and big bass, and they’re much better at hooking panfish. If any fish nibbles your bait, a small hook is more likely to hook the fish so you can land it.

Finally, going small on bobbers and sinkers will help you catch more fish, too. If you use a large bobber, nothing except great big bass and catfish will actually be able to pull it down, so you won’t always know when you get bites. Too many sinkers on your line will sink the bobber and make it less sensitive. Instead, try a small bobber with just a little bit of added weight on your line, and you’ll be able to detect more bites.

Next time you go fishing, try taking a “little” approach, and maybe you’ll catch a lot.

 

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