Fighting Fish August 05, 2015 19:51 1 Comment

Mechanics.  Form.  How much are they stressed throughout all of sports?  A lot.  However it's not often addressed in regards to fishing, even though it's integral to our success.  Often times when I'm reviewing video of myself, friends and clients fishing I notice the little subtle things in their mechanics that often make the difference between landing and losing the fish of a lifetime.  

This particular blog will address the mechanics of fighting fish.

There are two things I don't want these big fish to do once hooked.  

- Get their heads down

- Clear the surface of the water (jump)

Why don't I want them to get their heads down?  Well if you just watched that video, you'll see that the moment I stop turning the handle and keep the fish coming at me, the fish is able to close it's mouth and shoot straight down.  That was enough force in a split second to straighten out a hook I've only straightened twice in my career.  

I'm sure we've all experienced fish jumping and shaking our lures free.  Once these fish are able to get their heads out of the water and shake their heads vigorously, they are able to utilize the weight and momentum of the lures to shake the hooks free.  I learned this very early in my youth as I had fish jump and shake off my chrome rattletraps time and time again.

So what's the key to the mechanics in fighting these fish?  Well here's the achilles heel of these big girls - their giant mouths.  When you hook these fish with their mouth open, we have the advantage.   Imagine pulling a bucket through a swimming pool.  The large surface area of their OPEN mouths makes it difficult for them to both close their mouths and shoot down, and clear the surface and jump.  

The second portion of the video shows what we call "high sticking" on the west coast saltwater scene.  This is a HUGE no no.  This will lead the fish towards the surface and ENCOURAGE jumping.  Think Bill Dance, it's great for TV...not so much when you have the fish of your life on the end of the line.  Although there are times when you need to set the hook in an upwards manner, it's very important that you drop the rod tip down and into the water as quickly as possible.  Between keeping the rod tip down and even into the water, and the constant force of reeling to keep the bass' mouth OPEN and coming at you, this fish will be pinned against the pressure of the water.

Keep in mind that this style of fighting fish excels with heavy gear when you can control the fish utterly.  It is not possible with lighter line hahaha.  We'll go into fighting fish using standard gear down the road.

It's really that simple.  Keep them down and coming at you into the net or onto the boat.  We'll go into landing these fish soon.  Thanks again for tuning into the website guys, I truly hope it helps those that support and believe in my dream of sharing these experiences.  If you have found value in your membership please spread the word amongst your friends and encourage them to sign up. I'm not proud, I need YOUR help and continued support :)