Setting The Hook


Setting the hook is a skill all fishos strive to master and a skill that we all try to improve on. There are many things to discover and practice. Here is a look at the basics to setting the hook.


Even in fishing, a proper stance will help in setting the hook. The best position is to stand with your legs apart matching your shoulders with your knees slightly bent. You often need to use the power of your upper body so it is important to have good balance through a proper stance.


Your upper body should be relaxed so that you can set the hook at any moment. Keeping your elbows tight at your sides is of importance because it allows you to move your body and the rod with more force.


Before setting the hook, it is important to make sure you don’t have any slack in the line. You won’t know if a fish strikes if your line isn’t taught. With a tighter line, you will have more sensitivity. When the fish strikes, you can give your rod a solid tug and wind in your line at the same time. It’s okay to do this more than once as you are learning. I say this because many people don’t set the hook hard enough with the first jerk of their rod.

That being said, depending on the type of lure or hook you are using, sometimes you don’t want to jerk too hard or fast.

Immediately after setting the hook, it is important to keep the pressure on the line. The best way is to reel in your line with a few turns of the handle after pulling your rod upright.

This is very important because setting the hook alone is often not enough. You will need to keep the pressure on the line to make sure the hook is buried deep, and you get the fish moving in your direction. It’s loads of fun because some fish are so fast they take your bait and dash off before you know it. Fish are smart and will pull out a range of tactics to get off the end of your line.


• Be sure to feel the weight of the fish before setting the hook
• Timing is everything
• Get rid of slack line
• Enjoy

These are just some of the very basics to setting your hook. Each angler has his or her own methods. Nevertheless, if you are just getting started, these basic tips will help.


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Robert M Davies
Robert M Davies

Robert passed the "Obsessed With Fishing Test" with flying colours. Instead of talking, Robert has turned his hand to writing about his experience in fishing all around Australia.