Hey folks, Glenn May here with BassResource. com. And today, I wanna talk to you about settingthe hook on crankbaits. There’s an actual technique to this, and itmight not be what you think. And if you’ve been fishing crankbaits fora long time and think you got it down pat,you might wanna watch anyway, because I’vegot a few tips for you, as well. Crankbaits, by their nature, have these littletiny treble hooks. They’re not very big. They’re thin wire, so if you set up on a fishlike you would if you’re jig fishing or wormfishing where you just reel down and boom,pop them as hard as you could, you’re probablygonna lose that fish. For two reasons, one, you can bend the hooksout potentially. And I’ve done that on big fish. I’ve bent the hooks on them. And also you can just rip the hooks rightout of their face, okay?They don’t have a whole lot of grip. They’re not very deep. They’re not very long. They’re small hooks. And you can just rip it right out. So don’t set them up that way. I’m gonna tell you how to do it, and thenI wanna teach you a little bit how you cantrain yourself to get this technique down. So first, the right way to do it. When you’re reeling and there’s a fish, bites,all you do is, it’s a quick, kind of, a snapset. It’s not square up, set down, and reel back,and lean into it. Don’t hit it that hard. You’re reeling, and you just kinda lift up,like that. It’s a quick lift. It’s, kind of, a quick snap, almost a snap,just a quick pull, kind of, a hard pull likethat. That’s all you need. You don’t need it any harder than that. And sometimes the fish slam it so hard theyhook themselves. If you feel a really hard bite, you may noteven need to set the hook. But that’s all that is, all right?Now, the problem with trying to learn a newtechnique, especially with a hook set is,we’ve come conditioned. As soon as we feel the bite, bam, cross hiseyes. Hit it as hard as you can. It’s a reflex. So, how do you train yourself to get the rightform down?You’ve seen videos. You’ve watched plenty of them. You know what you’re supposed to do, but howdo you actually learn how to do it?So here’s my advice for you. Cast your lure out, and you’re reeling itin, think to yourself, “If a fish bites, don’tset the hook. “Yeah, you heard me. That’s what I just said, “If a fish bites,don’t set the hook. “Keep reeling, reeling, reeling, that way justkeep telling yourself, because that reflexis gonna kick in as soon as the fish bites. It will, unless you keep telling yourself,“Don’t do it. Don’t do it. Don’t do it. “Keep on yourself, mentally and finally whena fish will bite. Resist the urge to set the hook. Just feel the fish at the end of the line. What’s gonna happen is you’re gonna learnhow long the fish will hang on until he letsgo. Now, granted, some fish, like I said, willhook themselves. You’ll actually land a few doing that. That will happen. And some people say that’s the way to fishcrankbaits. I don’t believe that because I’ve lost fishwith not setting the hook like the way I toldyou. But what’s important is for you to experiencehow long it is between the strike, and whenthe fish lets go. That is important, because when you do thata few times, now you’ve kinda trained yourself,”Hey, I got a little time. There’s a window in there, so I don’t haveto automatically knee jerk, reflex, boom,set the hook right away. “Now, you have time to stop and think, “What’sthe proper technique now for setting thishook?”So now what I want to do, after you’ve donethis three or four times, you’ve got the feelfor it, cast out there. When you feel that fish bite, wait a second. How am I supposed to set the hook?Oh yeah, that’s right. Glenn said, “Kind of a quick pull-up. “That’s what it is, not hard, hard hit. It’s a quick pull. That’s what I should be doing, okay?That’s how you train yourself. You’ve gotta reset, kinda start over on settingthe hook, and how that fish bites. But that is what’s gonna help you learn howto set the hook better on crankbaits. You’re gonna land more fish that way. You’re gonna catch a lot more fish. I hope that helps. For more tips and tricks like this, visitBassResource. com.