Reeling In Like a Pro
You’ve just hooked a big-time, no-nonsense, Tyee. Your reel is spinning faster than a Tesla Model S P85D with the ludicrous package. What..do…you…do?
- Get That Tip Up
Seriously, if we can offer any one piece of advice about reeling in a king salmon, or any fish for that matter, it’s keep your rod tip up. Why? When your rod tip is pointed skyward, it allows your rod to bend. You need flexibility to allow your hooked fish room to travel. A rod perpendicular to the water is begging for a line snap.
- Slack Lining
Avoid! You want tension. If the line goes slack, start reeling in. Slack line means the fish is tired and begging to be reeled in or the fish is swimming directly at your boat. Either way – reel in.
- Patience Daniel-San
No wax involved here, just the physical strength to let your fish tire and the mental strength to not rush the proceedings. It’s important to remember: this is not a race. Those with patience are rewarded with trophies.
- Pump and Reel
A simple technique for reeling in big fish, that even junior anglers can do, is the ‘pump and reel’. This movement starts with lifting the tip of the rod to 90 degrees, forcing a major bend in the rod. Then let it go slack as you bring it back to 45 degrees. During the down swing, reel in. The difficulty of this maneuver will depend on the size of your fish.
- Listen to Your Guide
No matter the location, if you have hired a guide to fish, the professional in your boat has umpteen more hours of experience than you do. Use their knowledge of the best salmon fishing in Haida Gwaii to land the big fish. Always listen to your guide.