Eric Haataja: I am Eric Haataja with Take Me Fishing. Today I am going to show you how to set the hook when a fish is biting on the other end of your line.
Once you feel a pole or tap on the line, it's time to react by setting the hook. Setting the hook means you are securing the hook into the fishs mouth and in most cases one pull of the rod is all it takes, provided your hook is sharp.
Most people dont set the hook hard enough, so it's okay to give it a couple of good solid pulls. Here are a couple of tips. Stand on a stable position for balance with your knees slightly bent and your legs roughly shoulder width apart.
You want to be relaxed so you can react quickly. Keep your line taught or tight to increase sensitivity so you can feel the strike. If you are practicing catch and release or you are required by state agencies to release the fish, consider the more fish friendly hook, the circle hook.
Sometimes it could be really difficult or tricky when you feel that fish biting on the end of your line, your lure gets dragged down the bottom or get sucked away in the current, so the more time you spend down the water fishing, it's going to make you a better angler.