fishing for big fish

QUICK GUIDE TO CATCHING BIG FISH

It takes plenty of skill to land big fish consistently. When rampaging oversize fish are tugging at the end of your line, a whole host of disastrous situations can rapidly unfold. Epic battles put enormous stress on fishing tackle and any weakness will fast be identified. Poor knots, frayed leaders, incorrect drag settings or under gunned tackle frequently lead to heartbreak and bitter disappointment.

Here are some ways to ensure you are prepared to put big fish on board when they bite.

BE READY FOR BIG FISH

Always fish with adequate tackle when you’re hunting trophy specimens. When that dream fish jumps on board, it’s important that you have the means and confidence to subdue it. Regularly check over your outfit for any looming problems such as wind knots, chaffed leaders or loose knots. Re-tie or repair any issues immediately.

STAY FOCUSED WHEN FISHING

Sometimes it’s challenging to stay completely focused on targeting trophy fish. It’s especially difficult to stick with huge lures and heavy tackle when anglers around you are catching tonnes of smaller fish on downsized gear.

If your goal is to catch trophies, don’t be distracted. Targeting trophy size fish takes persistence and you often have to sacrifice higher numbers of small fish to get the monsters. Stay focused and on track and the big fish will come. You’ll have the last laugh when other anglers wish they had persisted with the big fish tackle.

FOCUS ON OPTIMAL FISHING CONDITIONS

Don’t waste time and energy in settings that are less than ideal. Big fish tend to be more active in low light conditions (sunrise and sunset) and during the night. Concentrate your efforts on these periods and you’ll be in with a better chance of a hooking a monster.

TAKE RISKS

Don’t be scared to have a go. If you’ve taken heed and are armed with adequate tackle, you’ve already improved your odds. Cast offerings in and around heavy structure, especially if it looks fishy. As they say, it’s better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.

MAP OUT A MENTAL PLAN

Consider the best way to land a hooked fish before every cast, especially in challenging surroundings. This is a key strategy to enhance your fish-fighting instinct and improve your reaction time. It’s similar to the way elite athletes use mental imagery to enhance their performance. When you’ve already thought through a plan of attack, your instincts will kick in and you’ll put the plan into action.

Targeting trophy fish requires dedication, determination and plenty of confidence. It’s a battle of wills, skills and thrills. Follow these simple steps to prepare for the physical and mental battle ahead. Commit to the challenge and you’ll be netting memorable fish in no time.

 


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Peter Hollingsworth
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Peter has been fishing all around Australia since he was a boy. He loves camping, fishing and kayak fishing.