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Hey guys

Here's a question on bass fishin. Ive been fishin with a buddy, generally working small freshwater Creeks that lead into larger Rivers in SW Fl. The gentleman I fish with has been Bass fishin his entire life and consistently outfishes me I mean big time throwing similar worms, rods etc(he's also fished tourneys in Okachobee as well). I do give him front of the Gheenoe, we both have one as well. It seems these fish only like worms and the kind with flavors. They dont like cranks, fly rod poppers much and the like. Now Ive been salt fishing my entire life and have won some tourneys, but I really hate being outfished 5/1, plus Im a saltwater guide so it really looks bad. Any ideas on how to even the playing field. Maybe there's some stuff you might recommend or a technique. The good thing about Fl is you can bass fish when the wind is howling on the Harbor and Gulf, which has been alot lately. Thanks in advance for the help.:))
 

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You may have answered your own question, at least in part. He's getting his worm in the fishy looking spots before you if he's in the front.

My next guess would be to look at the quality of the rod/line you are using. With scented/flavored worms, the fish should hold on to the baits, but if there is a subtle bite he might be feeling that "tick" when the bait is slurped in, but you might be missing it.

Food for thought.
 

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In my boat I fish the front and only hit every other good looking stump as to let the guy in the back have a chance.

Also if you can use a braided line, use it. It is super sensitve and you will feel everything on the bottom.

Also if you are worm fishing and think you are going slow enough, slow down some more. Maybe also try the shacky head rig, dropshot or whacky rig.
 

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Thanks for comments. I thought this would be good food for thought. It seems sometimes you get in pattern and cant miss the fish, esp bass fishing. Im sure the pros out here know what Im talking about. Anyway I appreciate the thought, keep them coming, and if anyone gets down to SW Fl be sure to shoot me an email. I think bass fishing will make you a better fishermen whether salt or any other similar style. Bass fishing certainly takes you back to your youth.
 

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Under similar circumstances, I have gone the 'opposite' way, and had some luck - i.e. try a small pig/jig, 1/4 oz. (smallmouth size) or a small popper (i.e. Pop-R) - sometimes if you are fishing 'behind' someone else, something 'different' will work - don't get me wrong, his method may be the best, but you may have to mix it up a bit.
 
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