Re: Landing a Fish 101
Hi Devil's Onion
Welcome to the forum. Everything Frank said is right on. Are you getting the fish on the reel after you hook up? Play the fish until you can control him keeping the reel drag light, if he runs let him & lightly palm the reel to slow him down. Do you keep the rod bent & never point it toward the fish? Does your line break at a knot( there is usually a curly end) or around the split shot where it drags bottom & gets abraded on rocks & debris. Ck the line often, at least everytime you retrieve it after getting snagged or catch a fish. Where in NJ do you fish? I'm From NJ & usually can be found somewhere on the Musky.