Angling Times (UK)

PLAY FISH LIKE A PRO You’ll never lose a fish again with our expert techniques

A bite from a big fish will set your heart racing, but the job is only half done until you scoop up your prize

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THE ROD tip goes round, the reel sings and your adrenaline soars. These are the moments we anglers live for, but at this stage you’re still a long way away from breathing a sigh of relief as the fish slips into the net.

The battle is where these chances are converted into new personal bests. Fighting a fish properly is an often-overlooked part of the sport. Sure, a good hook-hold will forgive most mistakes you make but, as we all know, not every fish is hooked perfectly.

Here are the fundamenta­ls of bringing your prize to the bank. With practice you’ll learn the composure needed to succeed more often than you fail.

“As we all know, not every fish is hooked perfectly”

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