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Old 06-03-2008, 10:35 AM
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Default Can you tell what fish is biting?

For all the years I've been fishing, I still get excited when I get a bite on a lake and can tell what's on the other end of the line without having seen the fish beforehand. Of course, I'm wrong sometimes, but let's focus on the positive here. My daughter asks me how I know. I tell her it's the way the fish fights back- regardless of size really. For example, a blue gill fights for a bit and then just gets heavy on the line (well, maybe not the real little ones). A pickerel seem to wiggle like crazy (in my mind it's pissed off more than other fish too) and then it does one of those out of the water flip flops to try to get rid of the hook. Bass can do this too, but...well someone else chime in here: What do Bass do for you? What do other species do when you hook them? Let's see if we have similar ideas.

So can you tell what you've hooked?
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Old 06-14-2008, 11:46 AM
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Default Re: Can you tell what fish is biting?

With the trout I catch I find its they fight take a break fight take a break until you get them in. With bass its just head shakes head shakes head shakes all the way back to you and they still fight when you get them in
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Old 06-15-2008, 07:08 AM
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Default Re: Can you tell what fish is biting?

Salmon - racing, pealing line and great air show!

Rainbows - Breach many times - lots of flips

Brookies - strait down bull dog style

Browns - a combo of the above

SM bass - as DFM said lots of head shake but river smallies fight much harder than trout and whe it jumps it flashes gills...
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Old 06-15-2008, 10:33 PM
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Default Re: Can you tell what fish is biting?

Out of my years of fishing with both standard and fly rod, I too beleave that for the most part, say 90% or so that I know what kind of fish it is just by the way it hits a lure or fly.
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