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Old 07-16-2003, 08:41 PM
peter-s-c peter-s-c is offline
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Instead of holding a tight line, you leave 12" to 18" of line hanging between the reel and your top hand. You hold the line very lightly so if a fish hits, he pulls the line out of your fingers. As the line tightens up against the reel, you lift the rod nice and smoothly and you don't clamp down on the line with your top hand. The fish not only can draw the line out of your fingers but it also can pull line against the drag. It allows the fish to make the turn and set the hook in the scissors. Done right, you end up with a nice, solid hookup.
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