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Got a nice cat (gulp crawler) and a decent lmb (15" on a crawler) at the new pond last night. Out for about 2hrs. Lost another beast using a chatterbait, just kept pulling drag, I pretty sure it was a big cat. I would like to call it a fight but all I basically could do was hold on. :shock: Must hone big fish skillz. :wink:



I have noticed that most of the fish I lose are lost on the baitcaster setup. I wonder what I am doing wrong. Is there anything different that I am supposed to do?
 

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I really don't think so. You obviously have more experience with a spinning rod so that would give you a little edge with them, but it is probably just some bad luck. Sometimes they just find a way to get unbuttoned.
 

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if you lost it on the chatterbait, it's the same old story with anyone whos used them and lost fish. they'll draw the strike but hooking up is another story. a trailer hook is a must have imo.
 

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Yea, I hear ya on the chatterbait, but I have lost a ton of fish trolling using a crawler harness, cranks, chatterbait and spinnerbaits this year all on the baitcaster. Its making me insane considering I would have alot of beeg feeshies this year. I have never lost so many fish before.
 

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maybe using a rod with a stronger backbone could help. just a thought. what kind of rod you using with your caster?
 

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6' Ugly Stik Lite Med/Heavy it has pretty good backbone. I just think that I suck LOL!
 

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could be the drag setting on ur reel
cheaper reels have shitty drag systems that often fail
or u just might need the set the hook just 1 more time to make sure.
 

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the chatter-style lures are terrible and lose fish all the time. I think a spinner is just as effective and a lot mor reliable as far as hook sets and retention.
 

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maybe add a trailer hook?
 

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I have the same baitcaster rod but usually only use it for pulling suckers at Delavan. You may actually have a little too much backbone and not enough sensitivity when you are dragging the harnesses.
 

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Any Suggestions? I have lost alot of fish this year on this set-up. Besides it'll give me an excuse to eventually buy another baitcaster. :lol:
 

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WHAT TYPE OF LINE ARE YOU USING.. ?

AND COULD BE THE HOOKSETS...

TRY TO EVALUATE WHAT YOU DO....

YOU MAY FIND SOMEHTING..

I HAD SOMEWHAT THE SAME PROBLEM LAST YEAR.

FOUND IT WAS ALL IN MY HOOK SETS

GEORGE

:D
 
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