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Old 10-21-2012, 07:56 PM   #1
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I am new to salt water fishing. I fish on the sound in a kayak. Typically I use a 1/4 oz jig head with a gulp shrimp. So far, I have had a hell of a time setting the hook. I get bites left and right, some of which are pretty strong, but can't bring anything in. Is there a trick to this? Thanks!
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I would be willing to bet you are feeling pinfish.
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:25 PM   #3
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I was thinking the same thing it is most likely pin fish stealing your bait pin fish will go though your bait very quickly I would try a different spot
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Try a top water lure like a super spook jr or catch the pinfish and throw them on your hook.
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I thought the same thing except there were a few very hard hits. Probably about 10 and I'd be fighting them in while suddenly they let go. Never happened to me on the lakes in Midwest.

Never fished topwater. Is there a certain method to realing it in or just slow and steady. Tried a gold spoon but all I caught was seagrass.
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How's your shrimp set on the hook? How big the hook? Try talking to your local tackle store too, and show them your setup, they might have some different suggestions.
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Yeah you'll have to teach yourself how to "walk the dog". Pull up some YouTube videos and see how they do it and then go practice. Also in my opinion it's much easier to walk the dog with braided line but to each his own. Try mono and braided and see what you like best.
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sometimes the White Trout do that to me. I Just kind of raise my rod up and just reel. Don't really set the hook on the small stuff. If it is something bigger, it will eat that gulp up.
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Tobiwan is on the right track. This time of year there are quite large pinfish on the flats, up 9 inches. They will whack a soft plastic or gulp harder than you think. Switch to a unscented soft plastic or hard baits as mentioned.
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Some real good ideas.

BTW; I've never caught a Pinfish on a topwater plug for some reason??

I jig fish a lot and find that if I bend the barbs flat, it will increase the bite/hook ratio.

You do, however, have to maintain a tight line after hooking them.

I always check the sharpness of the hooks. Some jig hooks are dull. Carry a small file to keep them sharp. JMHO C2
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