Reaction Strikes Could Bring You Bigger Bass
By Charles White

When the lake you're fishing has a lot of fishing
pressure, trying to get a reaction strike might just be the
ticket you need to catch that big old lunker.

Why? Well, for one thing the bass will be cautious about biting a regular presented lure. They have seen to many of them and
probably knows the end results. This is also true in tournament
fishing. Seems like the 3rd day of any tournament is always the
slowest with less fish caught. This is because the anglers have
beat the water to death with the usual presentation of their lures.

So, why does a bass hit a reaction strike presented lure? Out of
aggression! They don't even have to be hungry and they'll strike a reaction presented lure.

When a bass is on a bed about the only way you are going to get it to hit is from a reaction strike. It will come over and pick up the lure to move it out of the bed if it thinks it is intruding.

When the summer get here the bass don't cruise for food, they
usually stay close to one place and wait for the baitfish. The
same holds true in cold water when their metabolism slows down.
When a cold front comes in, bass will stick close to cover. You can try a fast retrieve with a spinnerbait or crankbait to draw them out.

Some methods for reaction strikes are:

Use noise......like a buzzbait or Jitterbug

Repetition....just go over the same spot over and over with your
lure.

Big lures.......use a big swimbait.

Using more than one lure........have several rods with different
type lures attached and throw them in the same spot, one right
after the other.

Movement......use a tube and jerk it off the bottom 2 feet or
more, or pop a jig.

High speed retrieves....this technique is the most well known to
get a reaction strike. Just retrieve at a high speed and reel fast.

If the lake you're fishing has slowed down after the summer started due to more fishing pressure, try for a reaction strike.

You may just catch the biggest bass of your life.
Charles E. White has fished 50 years for bass from California to Florida. In his lifetime, it is estimated that he has caught over 6,000 bass. His biggest bass is a 12 pound 14 ounce that hangs on his wall in his office.

His tips and techniques have helped many people who have never fished for bass before become successful anglers.
He also has fished with the Pros in Florida.

His website is at:
http://www.bassfishingweekly.com

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