The harder you fight, the harder the fish fights. Once you pull the fish from the cover, let up and let the bass tire out before bringing the fish to the boat.
If a bass swims under your boat, extend your arms as far as they will go with rod in hand. Maintain the pressure and you can usually draw the fish out into the open again. Avoid hitting the trolling motor start button while the bass is under the boat, you can cut your line.
Don’t fight or pull the fish in the direction opposite to which it is heading. Turn the fish by guiding its head.
Don’t get tensioned at any moment Use the tools in your hand: your rod, reel, line and brain. Horsing a big fish to the boat usually means losing it. Continue reading →