Why Holding Your Rod Tip Up Or Down Makes A Big Difference
Here’s a small detail that could make a big difference in how many fish you catch:
Retrieving your lure with your rod tip up or down.
It could change how deep your lure is swimming, or how well you can feel a strike and set the hook.
These minor changes could help you catch a lot more fish, and to see when to fish with your rod tip up or down, check out the video below.
Fishing With Your Rod Tip Up Or Down [VIDEO]
The position of your rod tip affects mostly two things:
- How deep your lure is swimming
- How well you’re able to feel the strikes
Let’s talk about depth control first.
Using Your Fishing Rod To Control Lure Depth
Holding your rod tip up or down could cause your lure to swim about a foot or so deeper or shallower.
If the water is cold, you’ll definitely want your lure to swim closer to the bottom because that’s where the fish are holding.
Since they’re probably not likely to move very far to hit a lure, if yours is a foot out of their comfort zone, you probably won’t catch them.
On the other hand, if you’re fishing in shallow water and your lure is dragging on the bottom, holding your rod tip up can get it swimming just above it.
And if you’re fishing a flat with a pothole, you might hold your rod tip up as you’re dragging your lure across the flat, then down as you swim it through the deeper pothole, then back up once it comes back onto the flat.
These small changes in depth can lead to huge gains in how many fish you catch.
Using Your Fishing Rod To Feel Strikes
The position of your rod tip can also determine how well you feel strikes.
If you’re fishing on a windy day perpendicular to the wind, holding your rod tip up high exposes your line to the wind.
The wind could put a bow in your line and make it much more difficult to feel strikes.
In this scenario, you’d want to keep your rod tip close to the surface so it’s less exposed to the wind.
But if you’re fishing with the wind behind you, it won’t matter as much, so you can use your rod tip to focus on depth control.
Your rod tip position matters more than most people think.
Holding it higher or lower can affect how deep your lure is swimming, and on windy days holding it low can keep your line from being bowed out by the wind.
Feeling strikes better and keeping your lure in the strike zone are two things that can definitely help you catch more fish.
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