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June 18, 2018

There are better ways of doing everything. You know of an old marine commander who never died in field despite having lost all his compatriots in battle? I hope you do. And if you can count a couple of such guys the better- because now you can tell it is not mere luck, but strategy that can explain the survival of these men.

Believe it or not, people are better at what they do because of the techniques they use. Business or education, politics or battle, there is always that unbeaten contender. Ever wondered why? They are well equipped, not with weapons but with methods. And the same applies in fishing.

As Yamaha pro Todd Faircloth confirms, these three smart techniques will get all the bass running into your bait. Just to clear your head of any reservations, Todd has been rated one of the most consistent anglers in the sport. Scout.comoffers a step by step process that has let him to stardom.

The first adjustment Faircloth made was to change to softer-action rods when he fishes treble hook lures such as crankbaits and jerkbaits. He believes one of the main reasons anglers lose bass is because their rods are too stiff and hooks simply pull free. Instead of using a heavy-action rod, Faircloth has changed to more limber medium-action rods that flex evenly and with less pressure.

As it turns out, this simple adjustment has led Todd Faircloth to winning matches including the Bassmaster Elite tournament at Lake Amistad.

“On swimbaits, crankbaits and jerkbaits especially, you’re not really setting the hooks on the fish itself,” Faircloth said. “Instead, the bass is grabbing the lure and you’re just pulling the hooks into it. A stiffer, heavy-action rod simply does not flex to absorb the shock when you do this and the hooks never grab the fish.

It is important to point out that this strategy does not exactly work well with a single-hook lure like a jig or plastic worm. You will just be driving the single hook into the fish’s mouth. Todd agrees that a stiffer rod can be used well with such single hook baits. Read on…

Treble hook lures often tend to be larger lures and bass use the weight of the lure as leverage to help them “throw” the lure free. That led to Faircloth’s second major fishing adjustment, which is to change all the treble hooks on his lures to short-shank models.

Faircloth’s third fishing adjustment was to change how he played bass as he was bringing them to the boat. He stopped depending on the drag systems in his baitcasting reels to control the fish and began relying entirely on spool pressure he applied himself.

“I don’t use the drag system on baitcasters at all,” Faircloth said. “Instead, I disengage the reel and thumb my spool. I feel like this gives me quicker and more complete control, especially on a larger bass.


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