Today’s fishing tip comes from the world of tarpon fishing – uber-angler Andy Mill in particular is known for using the technique when fighting tarpon. It’s applicable to other types of fishing as well though, especially when you’re fishing out of skiff for other explosive fish.
Warning: it’s one of those ideas that make your wonder why you didn’t think of it yourself.
Stomp Your Foot on the Deck
When you’re fighting a powerful fish like a tarpon and he swims underneath your boat, things can turn into a goat rodeo really quickly. Rods can break, lines can get cut, hooks can pull…it’s a high risk situation.
We all know that saltwater fish are really sensitive to noise coming from the hull of a boat – that’s why it’s so important to not, say, slam the lid on your cooler when fish are around. Guess what? That same principle still applies when fish are hooked – as long as the sound is loud.
So here’s the deal. If you’ve got a big fish close and he turns to swim underneath your boat, stomp your foot on the deck – hard! More often not, the shock will turn him right around and you’ll be back to line peeling off your real, instead of fish-under-the-boat gymnastics.