Q: I like going out on 3/4 day trips for Calicos. I get bit a lot on the fall but I am missing a lot of those fish. Any advice?Tom C  Long Beach, CA

A: There are a few small adjustments you can make that will help you increase your hookup ratio. 1) Don’t set the hook until you feel the weight of the fish. Simply throw the reel in gear, drop your rod tip, and only swing once the rod loads up a bit; thereby allowing the fish ample time to grab the bait. 2) Try using scent on your plastics. Products such as Unibutter, Hotsauce, and Pro-cure can make fish hold on to the bait longer. 3) If you still miss the fish, throw your reel back in freespool. A lot of times, that same fish that missed the bait will come back on it. 4) Downsize your bait. The difference between a 5” bait and a 4” bait may not look to be all that much. But in actuality, the volume of the baits is vastly different. A smaller bait may be just the ticket. — AA Pro-Staff

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