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Rod, Line and Lure – Go Light For the Bite

By Kastking | 22 January 2018 | 0 Comments

Light fishing tackle including a light rod, terminal tackle and bait can be the ticket for catching fish.


The sport of fishing is often filled with little nuances that can help turn the tide between catching nothing and catching something.  Subtle changes in the casted retrieve of a lure, or an altered rod tic to the rhythmic jigging of a bucktail can often result in the offering getting bit…or not getting bit. One adage that I routinely adhere to on those days when the fish seem to have lockjaw is “go light to get the bite.”  This delicate change in my fishing presentation has saved me on many occasions.


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A lighter fishing rod, hooks, and lures can help increase the bit when fish are fussy.

Most anglers carry a few different rod and reel combos with them whenever they hit the water.  On my 35’ charter boat I carry almost 30-rod and reel combos with me on every trip.  This is so I’ll always have the required equipment aboard to keep 6-anglers tooled up properly, no matter what conditions we may incur, or fish species that might present themselves on any given day.  Some may call this overkill. I call it being prepared.


Within my arsenal of stashed rods and reels, there are always a few outfits that have slightly lighter actions, and more compact reels that are spooled with lighter line tests than I normally use.  I know when these lighter rods are deployed that if we hook up with big fish there is a good chance we are going to lose a few. However, the alternative of not getting bites at all with the heavier fishing tackle is really not an option when someone is paying me to put them onto fish.


It should be noted that when it’s time to “go light,” I’m also switching out my leader type, leader strength, and leader length.  A quick change from a monofilament leader to a stealthier fluorocarbon leader can often be all that is needed when water visibility is exceptionally clear, and fish are a little line shy.  Often, leader thickness can play a part in the amount of bites an angler is getting.  Dropping down form a 40-pound leader to a 20-pound leader may result in a lost fish or two, but it will probably get an angler a few more bites on those days when the fish are lethargic. In addition, when the bite is tough, I’ll always lengthen my leader a bit in hopes that a longer leader will impart a slight more tantalizing action to my lure or bait.


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Light rod was right for the bite!

I’d also recommend when “going light” paying attention to the hooks you are using. A simple change to a slightly smaller, lighter gauged hook will make the “bait” swim slightly higher, or lower in the water column, and often this can be just the alteration needed to get a bite.


Let’s not forget our live or cut baits when “going light.”  I like to choose smaller live specimens when the game fish are being picky.  When using chunks of dead baits, I’ll cut baits a little thinner, hoping this will cause the bait to look more appetizing to a reluctantly feeding fish.  If fishing strip baits, be sure to go shorter and thinner with them also.  A smaller, less water resistant bait, will have just a little bit more waggle in the water, and this just might be the ticket when fish are of their feed.


Finally, when casting jigs such as bucktails, or rubber swim baits, its time to go down in weight or profile of the jig or lure. Lighter jigs or lures tend to glide and track “wiggly” in the water column, and this type of action can often be more receptive to a fish that is really not in an aggressive feeding mode.

– By Capt. Tom Mikoleski

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Bass Buff – A Striper Fishing Obsession Guide by Capt. Tom Mikoleski



Captain Tom Mikoleski is the successful fishing charter captain of the Grand Slam who sails out of Montauk, NY for trophy striped bass, doormat fluke, jumbo porgies, humpback sea bass, and monster sharks. Capt. Tom is the author of Bass Buff — A Striper Fishing Obsession Guide.









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