Ok Here is one of the most fun (and valuable) things I learned of as a LMB fisherman, and that was the "Follow Up Bait". The Follow Up is usually a confidence bait that you have always available to use immediately after a missed bite on a reaction bait.
Example: One day at Casitas a friend of mine and I were fishing Big trout baits in heavy cover, ripping them over submerged brush. At one point he got a vicious strike that missed. We could see the fish stalled where the lure had been, obviously fired up but confused as to where his quarry had gone after the equally vicious swing my friend had applied after the missed strike. At the moment I did not have my trout bait rod in my hand. Without thinking I grabbed a rod off the deck and pitched a 10" worm on top of him and without hesitation the fish completely engulfed my bait! YEEHAA! 12lbs !!
Afterward we stopped and discussed what we had just seen happen. Obviously the trout bait drew the bass out of cover and stimulated an extremely aggressive bite. He missed, but was still fired up so that when I pitched my worm on top of him he really did not care that it was not what he had originally sought to bite, and bit it anyways.
Ok, at the time we thought we had just discovered the Holy Grail, of bass fishing, but in reality we had just observed what most good pros already knew and knew how to exploit, with The Backup Bait.
Here's what happens,...
Reaction Baits are designed to do just that, draw a reaction bite from an aggressive fish. (and there is always one in the bunch) When properly stimulated (convinced?) a fish in an aggressive mood will contradict basic survival behavior and pursue a bait with reckless abandon. But!,.. If he misses, he is still at such a hyper state of stimulation that for a short period he is still susceptible to striking at almost anything!
Example 2: While trolling one day between Maui and Lanaii a "short" (under 500lbs) Blue Marlin came up in the pattern (seven lures) and proceeded to beat the crap out of every lure we had swimming, bill whacking them all until he was literally 15' off the port corner. Lit up like a neon sign, pissed off and looking for something to beat to death! Again, without thinking, I grabbed a 50lb rig that had a Clarke Spoon on it and dropped it in front of him. Insta bite !, and an hour later 350lbs of Blue Marlin tagged and released!
Most experienced pros have a Backup Bait on the deck ready to go. My favorite is the Senko.( By the way there is only one Senko, the best Senko and it is made by Gary Yamamoto. I have fished all the copies and there is still only ONE Senko. )
What is your Backup Bait?