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When to stop the clicker and set the hook?

Old 07-24-2014, 08:38 PM
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Just curious as to your opinions....lately I have noticed I'm missing fish/sharks and the little bastards are JUST missing the hook....anyways how long do u allow ur clicker to scream before u pull back and start reeling....it feels like maybe I'm not allowing these fish to swallow it? I don't know
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Old 07-24-2014, 08:42 PM
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As soon as someone can get the rod out of the rod holder they're yanking on the fish. Do you have your drag set right?
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Old 07-24-2014, 09:02 PM
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Let the little bastards eat it.... I want him blowin smoke out of his gills when I bring him boat side. I usually pop the clicker out and let it free spool for a good 10 seconds before I push it in gear. Unless it's a jumping breed, when he starts jumping...it's bit!!
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Old 07-25-2014, 12:46 AM
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Are you fishing circle hooks or J hooks? what sort of rig?
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Old 07-25-2014, 06:41 AM
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one thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three, one thousand four, one thousand five. After you count out loud to five, push the lever forward slowly and let that circle hook dig in. I almost never miss a fish by waiting too long. On the other hand after thousands of fish, I am still early sometimes.
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Old 07-25-2014, 07:48 AM
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Depends on what you are doing, but the 5 count is pretty popular.
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Old 07-25-2014, 07:54 AM
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leave the rod in the holder... For J and treble hooks, go 5 count then engage the drag slowly, then finally pull the rod out of the holder. For circle hooks, (which I recommend over J hooks) use a 7 count.
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Old 07-25-2014, 08:45 AM
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How and what are you fishing for? If I get bored holding the grouper rod on a slow bite I'll stick it in the holder and wait for the rod to double over. I know it can be a ***** getting the rod out when it's loaded up, but there's no doubt you're hooked up.

If I'm doing this for grouper I'll use a 6/0 extra heavy circle.
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Old 07-26-2014, 10:12 AM
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There is no reason to set the hook. What is likely happening is that after you set the hook slack is getting in the line and the fish are getting off.

I always laugh at people who set the hook like a bass fisherman.

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I was missing a bunch of sharks on my bottom pole. Tried a bunch of counts. Then started just locking drag in place and boom didn't miss any
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Old 07-26-2014, 10:58 PM
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Originally Posted by handn View Post
one thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three, one thousand four, one thousand five. After you count out loud to five, push the lever forward slowly and let that circle hook dig in. I almost never miss a fish by waiting too long. On the other hand after thousands of fish, I am still early sometimes.
Thanks will def try this!!!!! Thanks for all the replies!!!

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Are you fishing circle hooks or J hooks? what sort of rig?
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Circle hooks 6/0 - 10/0 at the pier...and I just have a swivel with leader and crimped....

Originally Posted by N2theblue View Post
There is no reason to set the hook. What is likely happening is that after you set the hook slack is getting in the line and the fish are getting off.

I always laugh at people who set the hook like a bass fisherman.
Haha ^^
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Old 07-28-2014, 12:31 PM
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Originally Posted by N2theblue View Post
There is no reason to set the hook. What is likely happening is that after you set the hook slack is getting in the line and the fish are getting off.

I always laugh at people who set the hook like a bass fisherman.
so true, TV killed the art of hooking fish. I always tell everyone leave the damn thing in the holder and just slowly tighten the drag, the ripping up of the rod is no good.
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