How To Detect Fish Bites

Jess KContributor IIIFebruary 8, 2011

Being able to detect when a fish has taken your bait can sometimes be more difficult than it sounds. Many different elements involved with the world of fishing can interfere with your ability to determine whether or not you have a bite.

Use the information pertaining to the elements below in order to better determine what could be preventing you from feeling when you have a hit. While there are a variety of reasons out there as to why you might not be recognizing bites, as long as you remember to remain patient while practicing, you will eventually find this problem a distant memory.

  • The Species of Fish: Which kind of fish you are actually fishing for could be a large part of your issues when it comes to detecting bites. Being able to achieve the correct balance of fishing gear to the right species as well as the correct conditions of the water and other elements can be a challenge. However, these are the exact three elements that all need to align correctly in order to reel in your fish. Mullet and sole are particularly known for their light bites, while eel and bass can tug so hard that you almost lose your fishing rod. Know which kind of bite your species is known for.
  • Fishing Tackle: Being able to correctly balance your fishing gear while matching it to the environment correctly is essential when also being able to distinguish bites. If you are using lighter fishing equipment in rather deep and rough fishing conditions such as the ocean or if you are attempting to hold to the bottom in a body of water that has a rather strong current, your rod will most likely lock up and not show any movement at the tip when a fish has taken the bait. You also need to pay attention to the kind of fishing line that you are using. Braided lines have little to no stretch to them which can mean you can detect bites much easier. However, monofilament lines have a great deal of stretch to them in comparison and can make noticing softer bites rather difficult.
  • Tide: When the flood proceeds to pick up, your line’s resistance to that current will lower your ability to notice a bite when looking at the tip of your rod. However, fish tend to head down tide once they have snatched up your bait, and the tide can make you aware of this.