where a blind-fold, and ear-plugs.
atleast when i see a big bass inhaling my top-water, I yank it out its mouth befor i even feel anything...
WAIT TILL YOU ACTUALLY FEEL SOMTHING!!!
I mean what you are feeling on a normal strike usually is; the fish after its inhaled it, closed its mouth, and started to swim off. I think your just yankin it way to quick....
I mean the first time I caught a top-water bass, I yanked it the second he broke water. very LUCKILY I snagged the outside of his head... you have to wait for him to break the surface, inhale it, and close his mouth.
that says it all- I set the hook befor he even had it in his mouth!!!
Id say wait till hes back underwater, or when you feel him... then set the hook, I think it can be overdone when your lure is out of water... but I dunno. those pro-bass fisherman set the hook SO HARD it amazes me.
lol "try my absolute hardest"
its like when i use my flyrod with a 4 lb leader at spinney, i tell my self "don't yank too hard" I know It will just snap my line. its hard to fight instinct
same thing when top-watering, constantly tell yourself, "wait to set the hook"