Though I'm sure every angler has a theory on hooking up the lock-jawed followers, what seems to work best for me are these two general approaches: Either hit 'em again immediately or come back a little later. If you're going to try the first approach, you have absolutely zero time to ponder what just happened, nor time to say "holy crap, did you see that" to your buddy, nor time to rig up your favorite Banjo Minnow. You need to get anything with a hook in front of that hyped-up bass as quickly as possible, even if that means recasting the lure that was just refused. I always have various rods rigged with follow-up lures reeled right to the tips close at hand on deck. The key is speed and accuracy on the follow-up cast. If you panic and fumble through a pile of rods looking for the one with the right lure, not only will you be making noise that can spook the fish, the time spent doing so will account for a lost opportunity. So what exactly makes a good follow-up lure? I keep a neutrally buoyant bait rigged in case the bass is sitting still next to the boat in a sort of shocked state. I also have a substantially smaller bait tied up, which can be the ticket if the primary bait that got followed was on the larger side. But in truth, sometimes the best bait to cast is the one that got followed the first time, because it already got the interest, and 9 times out of 10, you didn't get the strike because the presentation was slightly off.