On the Reel Sharp while fishing in the Florida Keys, we get a lot hooks flying back toward the boat when the anglers tries to set the hook. We would like to explain the technique used when hooking a a saltwater fish here in Islamorada. In most cases, reeling the line tight and lifting the rod slow, gives a better hook set than a Bass yank. A steady retrieve often puts the hook in the corner of the mouth. Even if a fish misses the first bite, second chance opportunities give the angler a chance verses spooking the fish. When we are using J hooks, like when we are Yellowtail fishing the Patch Reefs,the weight of the fish should bury the hook. If the fish swims against the tension of the line, those hooks keep digging.
Whether using circle or live-bait hooks, it’s good practice to take up the slack in the line once the fish hits the bait fish.Remember the hooks on the Reel Sharp are very sharp right out of the package.Many of the hooks get we have on board the Reel Sharp get sharpness from surgically sharpened technology.If the point of the hook is dulled from bouncing off a rock or a toothy fish, a few strokes with a hook sharpener will fix it up.
Not setting circle hooks is something we try to teach all of our anglers .But maybe the same can be said for offshore fishing with J hooks using live baits.
When trolling ballyhoo rigs offshore, we never set the hook after the strike. Keeping the hook set is less about the initial hookup and more about keeping the line tight throughout the fight.
Also see the latest fishing report from Reel Sharp Sportfishing.