Sunday Quiz

Sunday Quiz: Technique and Tackle

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The Sunday Quiz

By Ben Team

Here’s your latest installment of our Sunday Quiz, weekly questions to test your knowledge of fish and some of the strategies used to snatch them.  This week’s theme (themes, really) is tackle and technique – specifically, what technique to use with a given lure.  Be sure to  to let us know in the comments or on social media how you scored, and what you’d like us to cover in future installments! Now, without further ado:

Sensitivity is imperative when working a Texas-rig; without it, you won’t detect bites.  Which of the following line types is the densest, and therefore, most sensitive?

  1. Monofilament
  2. Braid
  3. Fluorocarbon
  4. Fishing line does not alter sensitivity.

You are fishing over an expansive, weedy flat.  Which of the following presentations will allow you to present a stationary bait, just above the top of the weeds?

  1. Football jig
  2. Shaky head jig
  3. Drop shot
  4. Neko rig

While glass beads help make Carolina rigs flashier, what’s the functional reason for using them?

  1. The glass bead helps keep the rig from getting stuck in rocks.
  2. The glass bead helps improve the sensitivity of the rig.
  3. The glass bead is buoyant, which helps make the bait float.
  4. The glass bead shields the knot from the continual thumping of the heavy weight.

Which of the following techniques is often effective when targeting easily spooked fish that are holding in shallow water?

  1. Umbrella rig
  2. Split shot
  3. Crankbait
  4. Topwater popper

Aside from adding a trailer hook, which of the following spinnerbait modifications can help you catch short-striking bass?

  1. Trimming the skirt so that it is even with the hook bend.
  2. Adding a longer trailer.
  3. Bending the wire arm closed.
  4. Tying on the spinnerbait upside down.

When wacky rigging a plastic stick bait like a Senko or Dinger, you can extend the life of each individual bait by doing which of the following?

  1. Putting a drop of quick-drying glue on the spot where the hook penetrates the bait.
  2. Using a thicker hook.
  3. Spraying the stick bait with adhesive or hairspray.
  4. Slipping an O-ring over the bait and threading the hook through the O-ring instead of the bait.

Contrary to popular belief, how does the lure behind a Carolina rig behave?

  1. It darts rapidly from side to side.
  2. It drags along the bottom unless you raise the weight up off the bottom.
  3. It repeatedly rises off the bottom as high as the leader will allow, falling slowly each time.
  4. It spins around its axis, creating a considerable amount of action.

What is one of the primary differences between a flipping jig and a swim jig?

  1. Swim jigs are almost always colored to resemble shad, flipping jigs are generally black or blue.
  2. Swim jigs typically weigh more than 1-ounce, while flipping jigs typically weigh less than 1/2-ounce.
  3. Swim jigs have silicone skirts, while flipping jigs have rubber skirts.
  4. Swim jigs have eyes located on the front of the jig, flipping jig eyes are situated on the top or bottom of the jig.

How can you alter a Texas-rigged bait to make it slip more easily through downed trees and other dense cover?

  1. Bend the hook open a little bit to reduce the chances it will catch any of the wood.
  2. Insert a toothpick in the front of the nose weight so that it. pinches the line in place, and then break off the toothpick.
  3. Add a small glass bead in front of the nose weight.
  4. Use a floating worm – if you get snagged, you can just wait for the worm to float free.

You have pulled your boat parallel with a steep ledge.  Which of the following crankbaits will let you target the greatest variety of depths during the retrieve?

  1. Deep diving crankbait
  2. Floating crankbait
  3. Lipless crankbait
  4. Jointed crankbait


Answers (no cheating!)

  1. C – Fluorocarbon is the densest line type of the three, and therefore the most sensitive.
  2. C – Because drop shot technique places the weight below the bait, you can adjust the height of the bait to keep it at exactly the depth you prefer.  Additionally, this arrangement allows you to animate the bait with small twitches, without moving the weight very much at all.
  3. D – The glass bead protects the knot from the weight.
  4. B – Split shot rigs resemble scaled-down versions of Carolina rigs – but instead of using a large, sliding bullet weight, they use a few split shots that have been crimped to the line a few feet above the bait to make the rig slip through the water without creating as much of a disturbance.
  5. A – Trimming the skirt presents a smaller profile, and helps elicit more accurate strikes from the fish.
  6. D – By using O-rings, you needn’t penetrate the lure’s body, thereby making it last much longer.
  7. B – Carolina rigged baits typically drag along the bottom, unless you pull the weight up in the water column.
  8. D – Swim jigs have eyes located on the front of the jig, whereas flipping jig eyes are situated on the top or bottom.
  9. B – Using a toothpick in this manner keeps the nose weight close to the worm, which reduces the likelihood that your line will snag. This is often called “pegging” the weight.
  10. C – Lipless crankbaits can be retrieved at virtually any depth you like, and held at the depth of your choice for the length of the retrieve.

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3 thoughts on “Sunday Quiz: Technique and Tackle”

  1. Ben Team says:

    Sounds to me like you are ready to catch some bass, Bill! I’ll have to make things a little harder in the future — maybe even cover some info about Crappie. Thanks for reading!

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  3. Bill Harris says:

    Well, I got 7 out of 10 and I don’t bass fish and have never used those type of baits…lol Now, lets talk about Crappie fishing….lol