How To Set The Hook When Fishing With Big Paddletails
It’s fall and right now, one of the best baits to catch redfish, trout, flounder, and snook is a big paddletail.
Baitfish are biggest right now so these predators are honed in on big baits, and a large paddletail is the perfect lure to get them to strike.
However, when you’re using big paddletails, that means there’s a lot of plastic that could get in between your hook and the fish’s mouth, so you need to be careful that you set the hook properly if you want to land these fish.
In this video, you’ll learn:
- How to set the hook so you can catch more fish (this does NOT mean a dramatic Bill Dance hook set)
- What fish do after they hit lures — you’ll see some awesome underwater footage of this
- The biggest mistakes people make when trying to set the hook with big paddletails
- And much more
Check out the video below!
3 Tips To Set The Hook With Big Paddletails [VIDEO]
Tip #1: Keep the line tight the whole time
When there’s slack in the line, it’s easier for the fish to come unhooked, so keep the line tight the whole time.
You can do that by keeping the rod tip down close to the water, reeling in any slack after you twitch your lure, and using braided line that has no stretch.
Tip #2: Wait for the thump to set the hook
Taps from small trout, pinfish, and pufferfish will happen, but you need to wait for the big thump from bigger fish to set the hook.
Bigger fish will often see, hear, or feel the little fish picking at a lure and then they’ll come over and take it, thinking they’re stealing an easy meal from the smaller fish.
If you set the hook too early, you’ll either pull the lure out of the strike zone, or stop the little fish from attracting attention to it.
Tip #3: Set the hook by pulling back on the rod
To properly set the hook, you just need to pull back on the rod in the same direction you’re retrieving your lure.
That usually looks like just a turn of your body away from the fish.
Don’t lift the rod tip up because that could allow some extra slack in the line before you can get the rod tip up high enough to set the hook.
Also, as you saw in the video, fish usually turn away from you when they hit the lure, so you don’t need to pull your rod back that far to set the hook.
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These lures are 5″ long, so they’re perfect at mimicking bigger fall baitfish, they skip well under docks and trees, and they cast a country mile.
Plus, when you order them, they come with a mini-course that teaches you:
- How to retrieve them for more strikes
- What equipment to use (rod, reel, line, and hooks)
- How to make it weedless so you can use it around structure that fish like to hunt in
- And much more
I love it when the fish cooperate during a tutorial video!
Big paddletails work great in the fall and if you want to maximize the amount of fish you catch with them, be sure to keep the line tight, wait for the thump to set the hook, and set the hook by pulling back on the rod (instead of lifting it up in the air).
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