Many a bass is lost when the fish first jumps and throws the lure from its jaw. When a bass’s head is in the air, its back-and-forth thrashing waggles the lure and causes the hook to fall free. Here’s a solution: When you sense that a hooked fish is about to jump–usually because the line is heading toward the surface–lower your rod to the side and keep a tight line. As the fish breaks the surface, pull sideways and down with your rod to tip the fish back into the water. Now the bass can’t throw the hook.
How To Keep Jumping Largemouth Bass on the Line
Our fishing expert offers a tip on how to react when a largemouth bass jumps during a fight.