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How to Reel in a Big Fish

If you've ever let the big one get away, this guide will help you reel in that prized catch like a pro every time.


  • Step 1: Remain calm Remain calm and focus on keeping the line taught and the fish under control as it darts through the water.
  • Step 2: Set the drag Set your reel's drag to wear the fish out and let out some line when the fish thrashes in the water.
  • TIP: Don't be afraid to wrestle with the fish and let it wear itself out -- just stay in control.
  • Step 3: Raise the pole's tip Raise the fishing pole's tip so it stays up and keep your body facing the direction of the fish, moving around the boat, dock, or bank if you have to.
  • Step 4: Avoid overpowering the fish Avoid trying to overpower the fish by dragging it through the water. This will cause the drag to release more line or, worse, snap the line.
  • Step 5: Avoid beaching Avoid beaching or removing the fish from the water with the rod. Keep several feet of line out as you or a buddy scoop up the whopper with a net.
  • FACT: An species of Asian carp can weigh over 50 pounds and often leaps from the water into boats, injuring fishermen.

You Will Need

  • Fishing gear
  • Composure
  • Patience
  • Stamina
  • A fishing buddy
  • A net

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