#1 Artificial Lure Mistake That Will Cost You Strikes (Underwater Analysis)
Are you making this common mistake when casting out your artificial lures?
How much of an impact does the timing of closing your bail have on your lure presentation?
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#1 Artificial Lure Mistake That Will Cost You Strikes [VIDEO]
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Closing your bail too early on your reel can pull your lure out of the target zone too fast where fish won’t strike the lure.
What many anglers do not realize is that if you close the bail immediately when your lure hits the water, your lure is going to swing away from fish or structure you were targeting.
There is a severe discrepancy between closing your bail immediately and letting your lure free line.
Further, this could mean the difference between catching a fish or missing out on strikes.
This common mistake can also apply to live bait or cut bait.
If you do not let your lure or bait sink to the bottom, you are missing out on fish and your intended target zone by closing the bail too soon.
In this underwater demonstration, the pole in the water represents a structure of some kind like a tree branch or dock.
The first trial is casting the lure at the structure and leaving the bail open until the lure sinks to the bottom.
You will notice the lure falls along the structure to the bottom and falls right into the strike zone.
The next trial shows the biggest mistake anglers make when casting out their lures.
That is, of course, slapping your bail closed immediately when the lure hits the water.
If you close your bail too early or reel in line too soon, this will tighten up your line.
When you tighten the line on your lure, you will notice the lure pendulums or swings away from the intended structure.
You can find yourself missing out on a lot of fish because your lure is out of the strike zone.
Fish will hold close to structures for safety reasons and ambush attacks.
As a result, fish do not want to travel too far from that structure to attack a potential meal.
Moreover, the distance your lure will typically swing away from the structure or intended target is about the same as the depth of the water.
Bottom line, you want to keep the tension off of the spool and let the line out so your lure can properly sink to the bottom.
Make sure you are watching your line as the lure is sinking because if you see the line jump or pop, that means a fish struck the lure.
Your line may change directions or the line may be flying off the spool and both of these examples indicate a fish ate your lure.
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