When you want to become a better fisherman, there are several things that need to be done just right. One of these is setting the hook in a proper fashion.
The act of getting the fish to bite into the hook, and making the correct moves in the seconds after, is what often sets great fisherman apart from average ones.
Understanding how to properly set a hook will make you a more effective fisherman, and with enough experience, can help you land your desired fish more often than not.
Your posture is important
Whether you’re fishing from a boat or on land, having good posture will give you the balance and power base to achieve a proper hook setting. We suggest having your legs shoulder-width apart and your upper body relaxed. You should also make sure that your elbows are tight to your sides or positioned so the arms of the boat seat do not interfere with the hook setting motion.
Feel the weight of the fish before setting the hook
One of the more difficult things to master is knowing when the fish has made its bite. To successfully set the hook, you’ll have only a few seconds to make this decision. If you pull too early, there may not be a fish on the line. If you pull to late, the fish may have swallowed the hook.
It will take some practice, but you’ll need to get good at feeling for the weight of the fish. It may be helpful to use a bobber if you’re just starting out, as you can typically set the hook when it becomes submerged.
Make your move
Setting the hook requires force and is a quick snapping motion where you’ll lift the tip of the rod upward and then backward over your shoulder. You can also make your snapping or pulling motion off to the side if you prefer (side set). Make sure there is little to no slack in the fashioning line before setting your hook, otherwise your set will just be moving fishing line. Once you’ve set the hook, you may need to give your reel a few turns to make sure it’s set properly.
Although setting a hook differs slightly from fish to fish, you’ll be well on your way to success by getting these basics down.
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