Sea bass, tuna… good fight management.
There are a thousand reasons to miss his fight. Obviously, this does not only concern the big fish. We will dissect here three constraints and three “school” gestures to avoid being trapped.
Clamping in congested areas
Fishing close to rocks, at the foot of a cliff or near a carpet of vegetation is always an opportunity to be trapped by fish stung in their pride and joy. Bridle cannot be reduced to pulling like a madman on the line, you have to be finer than that!
The purpose of the act of bridle is to prevent the catch from being planted in a rock or under an herbarium.
The current fine fishing makes things very complicated because the extreme fragility of the lines does not forgive anything.
When a fish is stung and remains within immediate reach of a “tactical solution” that will allow it to free itself, rest assured that you are going to have a bad quarter of an hour. No one is safe from a humiliating breakage, as has happened to me several times.
Chronology of the action
When the fish attacks, it immediately dives back to the bottom. If the fish is ten metres away and grabs your lure at the surface, it probably doesn’t have the energy to reach the bottom. If it grabs the lure three metres from the bottom, the problem is quite different.
This first rush is always the most delicate to negotiate because the fish is in full possession of its means, it is powerful and determined. If it is impossible to stop it due to a lack of technical resistance (because the line is too thin), other means have to be used, and that is where things get complicated.
In fact, you just have to be reactive, because if you’re not thinking straight, you’re likely to get a spanking, no matter how expert you are!
To stop a fish, there are two solutions: to stop it with the resistance of the line and the rod or to destabilize it, but it will depend on your equipment, to remedy this it is better to opt for second-hand equipment which will be more effective, because if the equipment is sold second-hand it is because it has already been used so there is no risk that it will break easily, contrary to new equipment.
As powerful as the pull of the fish is, it is still easy to destabilize it. In fact, just as a stickbait reacts to liquid pressure to change direction, the fish can be easily dragged across the beam.
The only mistake you should not make is to suffer the rush, in other words, to stay still. You should apply a reasonable amount of upward or sideways force. If the fish is far away, it is better to apply upward pressure by lifting the rod very high. If it is close to you and its rush is more vertical, it is better to apply sideways pressure, and move the rod sideways. You should immediately feel a decrease in pressure to which you should react with a firm but slow pull.