Neill from NW Arkansas
This channel has entertaining videos with lots of great fish caught. Not a lot of time spent on tips and technique but it is fun to watch.
Good explanation. I have tried picking the rod out of the holder and then reel down, but for some reason this has caused more misses. Pretty well broke that habit and now I reel down on it. The only time I don't is if the fish had hammered the rod down and was peeling drag. Then it should be set on it's own.They are using circle hooks. A re-occuring mistake when using circle hooks is to try and set the hook like when using a J hook. Trying to set the hook, with a circle hook will literally pull the hook out of the fishes mouth. LARGE or small fish. What you see them doing is called reeling down and what it actually does is take up the slack in the line and pull the hook slowly allowing the circle hook to get into position to hook the fish most often in the corner of the mouth. It usually hooks in the corner of the mouth because the fish is seldom facing directly at you. If the fish is swimming away or to the side, the hook should go to the corner of the mouth.
So, if your using a J hook or Kahle, Pick up the rod and set the hook. If your using a circle hook, DO NOT pick up the rod. Reel down first. That is cranking the handle as fast as you can until the rod loads up. That maneuver gets the hook in the right place. Doing that and the fish set the hook. Then you can pick up the rod and fight the fish. I will sometimes (when at this point) give the rod an extra tug to insure the hook is fully imbedded.
Hope that clarifies it.