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TIPS ON HOW TO STOP LOSING FISH

If you’re an angler who’s been fishing under the sun all day, there’s nothing more frustrating than losing your catch. Though the act of fishing is already a lot of fun, coming home with a cooler full of fish feels very rewarding. Thankfully, there are a lot of things you can do to stop losing fish. It’s all about maintaining your fishing gear and trying out new techniques. Here are some tips on how to stop losing fish.

KEEP YOUR HOOKS SHARP

If your hooks aren’t in fighting form, there’s a big chance that you might lose your catch. Prior to heading out on the water, you must inspect your hooks. If they’ve become dull, simply reach for a hook sharpener. This tool should be a staple in your tackle box for this exact reason. Meanwhile, if the hooks are rusty, simply change them out. Hooks are fairly inexpensive, so they’re worth the purchase if it means you’ll stop losing fish.

PROPER LURE SELECTION

Lure selection also comes into play when it comes to losing your catch. You won’t get any results if you use the wrong hook for your lure. It’s also important to match the hatch. Use lures that mimic the baitfish that’s present in the water. Your lure selection has to be based on your target fish’s behaviour as well. Are they finicky or aggressive? You should properly observe the fish to find the right lure that will bait them.

It always pays to have a variety of lures available on any fishing trip. I often find something that works on one day that didn’t on another. Having a wide selection will increase your chances. That’s just the way fishing with lures is.

RETIE YOUR KNOTS

If you want to stop losing fish, retie your knots until they’re perfect. Knot breakage is one of the most common reasons for losing your catch. They have to be properly connected — especially if you’re fishing in areas with heavy cover or vegetation. Check your knots regularly. If you see signs of wear and tear, it’s time to re-tie them. It’s better to be vigilant about this than lose a potentially great catch.

OPTIMAL DRAG SETTINGS

The drag setting on your reel should be set ahead of time. You’ll lose your fish if the drag is too tight. Rather, lighten the drag a little bit. This will provide a buffer between you and the fish. The drag will help in case your catch fights back or you pull a little too hard.

Sometimes, anglers can become too excited or nervous when hooking a fish. They might act instinctively or wait too long. Both of these scenarios can result in losing your catch. As long as you remain composed, you’ll be catching more fish whenever you’re out on the water.

 


 

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Peter Hollingsworth
peterh@dinga.com.au

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