Secret: No matter how fast the gear ratio of your reel and how fast your retrieve, you can’t get a bait away from a bass if it wants it. At best, you are reeling at 2 to 3 miles an hour, while a bass can swim at bursts of 12 to 18 miles an hour. So even if you are “burning” a bait, catching it requires just a jog for a bass.
Secret: Fisheries scientists estimate that only 5 percent of fish in any given bass population are actively feeding at one time. Thirty percent are inactive and 65 percent are neutral. That why accurate casts, subtle presentations, and enticing retrieves are so important.
From my first book, Better Bass Fishing. Both it and my second, Why We Fish, are available from Amazon and other booksellers. BBF is filled with "secrets" that will help you catch more and bigger bass. A collection of essays, WWF is a celebration of the many reasons that keep us returning to the water. Bill Dance and others contributed. Check out its 33 reviews at Amazon.