Many things can go wrong while fishing, especially when it comes to actually landing a catch. There are often times when fish can escape or break the wire. The good news is that these situations can definitely be avoided if the fisherman masters the right techniques. So this is what we are going to talk about in this post: techniques, tips and tricks that can guarantee a catch.
The first thing you need to do when you feel a bite or that you already have a fish on the line is to set the hook. This translates to a successful hook of the fish. In order to do this you have to lift the tip of the rod quickly. This implies using your elbow and your wrist, but you must not overdo it and lift it too much. The rod just needs a quick and firm snap. The trick for perfectly setting the hook is timing. You have to do this when the time is right. If you do it sooner, you may end up pulling the bait out of the fishes’ mouth and if you do it too late, the fish might end up swallowing the hook (this is not pretty at all especially if your plan was to release it).
One other important thing you need to do when you are trying to bring in a fish is “playing” it. This means that you need to know how to get it tired enough so that it will eventually stop struggling. Even if your instinct will be to crank on the reel to haul in the fish, you should probably know that this is a very bad idea, because it could easily escape. What you need to do is to keep you rod tip up, maintaining your rod vertical, but not over your head. You should keep the line as tight as possible and try to guide the fish away from anything that could tangle the line. The trick here is to reel in only when the fish is turned towards you, never when it swims away.
When you feel it stopped fighting or, better said, when you feel that it stopped trying to swim away from you and just resting in one place, you can begin to bring it in. In order to successfully do that, you need to lift the rod tip, lower it quickly and reel in the slack. Repeat this procedure for as many times as necessary. When you get it at your feet, you can land it. This means getting it out of the water. You only need to use a net that you have to place in the water under the fish. Once you have done this you just need to lift it quickly, straight up, so that it has no room to swim away. Try not to chase it around with the net, because it might get scared and start to struggle again.