How to Properly Set a Hook
The moment you feel a strike or bite from a fish, you set the hook immediately. The purpose of setting the hook is to drive it into the fish’s mouth. It keeps the fish on, giving you the chance to fight it and reel it in.
How to Set the Hook
Step 1: When you feel a fish bite, you want to very quickly snap your rod tip up towards the twelve o’clock position by bending your elbows and bringing your hands and wrists to your shoulder. Leaning back at the same time will provide you with more power and force. Keep your elbows and arms tight to your body. This should be a quick, strong, solid motion with a good amount of power behind it.
Step 2: At this point, your rod is going to be straight up in the air at about the twelve o’clock position. Normally, while keeping my line tight, I pause for a split second to feel for a pull. This indicates that I definitely have a fish and not weeds, a rock, or a tree. When you feel the weight at the end of your line, start reeling in before bringing your rod tip back down to the two to three o’clock position. This will ensure you keep that line nice and tight. You don’t want to give the fish any slack, always keep that fish pinned with pressure.
Step 3: Many people typically don’t set the hook hard enough. With your rod tip back down at the two to three o’clock position, feel free to repeat steps one and two again, just to ensure that the hook is set in the fish.
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