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How To Reel in a Big Fish

December 30th, 2012 Seasonal

If you've been fishing for a little while, perhaps you're wondering when that first big catch is going to come. While there's no way to guarantee that you'll land that 12-pound bass anytime soon, it pays to know how to reel in a big fish if and when the moment comes, or you may be in for a quick lesson on where the phrase "the one who got away" comes from! It's a lot more than simply pulling hard. However, you can hone your technique on smaller fish and be more comfortable with the mechanics when a big one bites.

It's a little tough to strike the right balance, but essentially you want to give the fish enough pressure that it fights to break free without applying so much that your line snaps. The object is to get the fish to tire itself out so that you'll have an easier time bringing it out of the water. If you feel that your line is about to snap, allow a little more drag, then slowly start to reel again (the line should still be pretty tight, though).

There are a few things to keep in mind, depending on your situation. For instance, when fishing from shore, you want to try to bring the fish out as quickly as possible, since there are more objects like rocks and reefs that can break the line. If you're big-game fishing, it's important that you really tucker the fish out - bringing an energetic animal onto the boat can be dangerous.

There's definitely a special touch that comes with being able to reel in a big fish, but with enough practice, you may be able to do it without too much trouble