If you’ve been fishing for many years like me, I’m sure you’ve had your share of fish followups where the fish never bites.
Well I figured I’d make a post to give you some tips on how to catch that fish that never bit. My first tip involves making the figure eight, you might of heard this fishing tip before.
Basically, right after you have the fish followup, don’t take your fishing lure out of the water and leave some line out. Then immediately try doing the figure eight over and over again. You can try doing it for a minute or two. I’m going to tell you straight up, this technique has worked for me the best!
Second tip I would like to give you fishermen is trying the stop and go retrieve.
This one tends to work really well, but not all the time. After you get a followup, take a small cast right in the direction where the fish took off. You don’t have to do a very long cast because the fish most likely didn’t go far. As you reel in, try stopping for a few seconds, then reeling again. Do this repetitively, hopefully then the fish will bite.
The third tip I would like to give out is twitching your lure. Just like any jerkbait, you’ll be jerking and twitching the lure the fish just followed up. This technique can be applied just like the second tip, take a small cast where you think the fish swam off too and try twitching the lure as you reel in.
These are just some of the techniques my friends and I have come up with after getting fish followups, they work great on all species of fish: bass, northern pike, walleye, and muskie. While these have worked really well for me, I can’t guarantee they will work for you. You should try thinking up some of your own techniques. If you already have some and they’re not any I mentioned, I would just love to hear them! I’m always open to some new fishing tips.