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Old 03-20-2013, 12:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What sets the hook in a fish...??

What sets the hook in a fish "MOST" or lets say 90% (9/10) of the time??

Is it:
1) Drag setting
2) Rod action
3) Line choice and therefore "stretch" (braid vs mono)
4) Reeling in slack before hook set so line is tight
5) Hook setting technique (i.e. arm movement, speed, angle)

OR....

Is it a "Combination" of ALL the things above?

Reason why I ask is...I HATE setting the drag on my reel to MAX. I do it about 75% of the time when I am fishing. I mostly do it out of "FEAR" for losing fish or missing those subtle/light strikes. I fish braid most of the time with a fluoro or mono leader so there really isn't much stretch in my line.

I also know that setting the drag to max is not the proper thing to do as you can snap your rod or break your line. Luckily...that has not happened yet.

If I am doing everything else on my list correctly...I probably shouldn't have no problem setting hooks in a fish and therefore no need to set my drag to max...right? Or no? Maybe set it to half...3/4?

**** I don't know.......HHHHEEELLLLPPPPPP ?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?

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Dinklimit

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Old 04-01-2013, 02:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Here it is in a nutshell...its a lil of all that.

Having the right rod for your technique is important as is the line and hookset method. But the most is your drag setting on your reel. All of the other things don't mean anything if when you snap that rod the line spools out. Here's my checks... good sharp hook...check...clean nonabraised line...check...drag set to where I can pull line but not super easy...check. Everything else will factor in but those are the important things to be sure of.
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Old 05-20-2013, 01:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
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we actually set the hook with slack in our line. some would call it a snap set.. here is a video we shot talking about it. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/AizLA0ObG6c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It's you that sets the hook and that's it . Don't make fishing complicated . Use the drags on your reels they are there for a reason and are better now than ever . If you feel a bite just swing
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