Reeling in little pan fish is pretty simple: keep the tip up and reel away. If you lose it, you can probably catch another one soon.
Large fish, however, are much more complicated. You need to be strategic, patient, and alert in order to land a whopper. Do it wrong, you may never see a fish like that again; do it right and you’ve got the trophy of a lifetime.
It is essential that you keep a firm tension on the line at all times. If there is slack, the fish will have a better chance of throwing the hook, and you will be left with a large amount of disappointment. (Although you might have a good story, it’s not worth it.) Maintain pressure on the line by keeping the tip up and reeling in with a smooth, consistent motion, but remember that too much tension can snap the line, which brings us to our next point...
When large fish decide to make a run for it, the worst thing you can do it try to keep them in place. By fighting their runs, all you are doing is increasing the chances that your line will break and your prize will get away. Instead, set the drag so the fish can take out line while still tiring itself. This will wear down the fish; eventually their runs will get shorter, less violent, and less frequent.
When hauling in a big fish, you can’t just reel, reel, reel and hope to land it quickly. Instead, lift the tip of the rod with a smooth and firm motion, pulling the fish closer to you as you do. When you drop the rod tip down, this is the time to reel in line. Go slow, be patient, and you’ll catch more fish and have plenty of trophies to brag about.
This tip is for inshore saltwater fishing and angling on lake shores and rivers, so if you’re deep sea fishing, you can pretty much ignore it. If a fish is making a run for structure like logs, rocks, or reefs, the structure can strain the line and cause it to snap. If your trophy is heading for cover, do whatever you can to keep them out. Throw out the previous tips and go into emergency mode. If a heavy fish makes it into the cover, you can pretty much assume they will be lost, so draw the line, tighten the drag, and crank them out as hard as you can. If the line snaps, oh well; you would have lost them if they made it to cover anyway.
Okay, this tip is really for what to do after you reeled in a big fish, but it’s still important. If you plan to release the fish, do so as quickly as possible. You may have just fought the fish for 30 minutes to an hour (or more); that fish is now exhausted and extremely vulnerable. It can’t afford to stay out of the water long, so take your photo, get a quick measurement, and release the fish back to its home. You’ll help preserve a healthy population and hopefully give another angler the chance to enjoy a big catch.
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Kyle Alsop and Taylor Bivins of Kansas State University are the winners of the 2016 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship, thanks to a series of consistent weights. They finished the tournament on Kentucky's Green River Lake with 36 pounds, 4 ounces.
The Kansas State team was the only one in the field of 89 teams to bring in more than 10 pounds every day.
You often hear the phrase there is nothing more important than a friend but like many other clichés of life especially at today’s pace, many of these old time sayings are said without really understanding their meaning. As I look back at the past five decades of my life spent in blue water and at my hunting career which has taken me all over the globe, I lift both hands in front of me and start counting off the friends which I could call at any time day or night for help; those who would put their life in jeopardy to save mine, or for that matter those who I can count on in the absolute worst of situations.
America (and much of the globe) seems to have an obsession with billfish, but few species are as popular as the Atlantic blue marlin. Not that there is anything wrong with black marlin, sailfish, swordfish, or striped marlin; it’s just that the blue marlin, which is the largest of the billfish group, has captured the hearts and passions of anglers for centuries.
If you want to join the ranks of anglers who’ve pulled up a blue marlin, you have your work cut out for you. But with the right techniques, you can add this world-class trophy to your list.