No more jamming fish?

Marcus, he considers, that when fishing for carp or pike on small hooks (anchors), vigorous hook can lead to fish loss. Shouldn't the fish get stuck?
Revolutionary inventions of recent years have completely changed the whole ground fishing. New lures and techniques, such as protein balls on carp or dead fish on pike, they overthrew dozens of old views in one fell swoop. Despite this, Many traditional behaviors are still encountered in fishing practice – partly because, that they actually bring good results, partly because, that no one thinks about their meaning. In my opinion, the most traditional behavior of an angler is the 'reflex' of a catching fish. So, so, I would like to question the purposefulness of jamming here, especially when fishing with modern methods from the ground. I believe, that in many cases the jam is not only redundant, but downright undesirable and can lead to fish loss. But don't get me wrong. I am well aware of this, that there are such fishing techniques, such as spinning, which, in a way, "forces" the angler to hook immediately at the moment of a bite. However, there are also such methods of fishing, and they will be mentioned, in which hooking too often has unpleasant consequences and is just an unnecessary habit rooted in the minds of anglers many years ago. "Jam also known as clipping" – at least that's what I read in the textbook, which I learned fishing from – "Is made in order to drive the point of a hook up to the burr in the mouth of a fish taking fish". Perhaps in the times of my great-grandfather and then, not very sharp hooks, it was right, however, today everything looks completely different. After all, we fish with smaller and, above all, much sharper hooks than before. Watching many of my fellow distance anglers, I am often impressed, that the float "starting" from the water at the moment of vigorous jamming, it will fly away in a moment. The vigorous bite of the taking fish is a deeply ingrained reflex, even then, when hook no 14, so sharp, that he sticks to his finger at the moment of putting on white worms.

Smaller sharper

The super sharpness of my preferred hooks allows me to use almost every bite without having to make a classic hook. It would be enough to, that I will stretch the line with a smooth movement, and the hook sticks itself into the fish's mouth. I do not mean, however, about the lower jamming power. I believe, that in many situations we should completely give up jamming. Let's start with the pike, that is, from a fish, which every traditional angler associates with the necessity of an atomic jam – after taking a pike, you should wait a while, and then cut, until the stick bends. At first I thought so too.

About that, that the hook does not "fit" at all with modern fishing methods, I found out for the first time only when fishing for pike in a lazy Swedish river. I installed the system with two hooks, which has already been tested many times, no 6 and a 8.45cm long metal leader and a 20g pear-shaped pass-through weight. The bait was a dead herring, which I "put” at the bottom of the current, right under the branches of coastal trees overhanging the water. The previous day, I noticed a few hungry predators in this place.

Jam "out of ten"

After some time, as expected, the tip of the rod began to twitch, So I hastily opened the handle of the reel. The fish began to draw the line in a smooth movement, while I started my traditional countdown. When fishing for pike with a dead fish, I always jam ten seconds after noticing a bite. Thanks to this, I almost never injure undersized fish, because a small pike cannot swallow a large bait in such a short time and even if I stuck it, it always fastens only on the mouth. So I counted to ten, I closed the bail, I waited for the receding fish to tighten the line and cut it. The tip immediately bent into a beautiful headband, and I began to carefully look for a landing net. I will save myself those unpleasant memories, so I will only say, that after a few seconds the pike fell off my stick. Well, has become. It is true that losing a towed fish is not very pleasant, however, does not mean, that nothing will be caught that day. So I armed another herring and cast it in exactly the same place. Or maybe the pike will repeat itself? You never know… I was thinking about the pleasant warmth in our rented cottage, when suddenly the line on the second pike came to life. This time I didn't want to make any mistakes – I waited a lot longer than usual before taking it and got a heavy cut. Without wanting to prolong it, let me just say, that that day I came back from stick fish. The second pike snapped up at the moment of the jam.

Anchor replacement

At home, I replaced both hooks of the system with larger ones (no 4). The next morning, the effect was exactly the same – empty bite again! As a matter of fact, I could of course go over the agenda after all, because every angler loses a fish from time to time, but three empty strikes in a row? It was a bit too much. When fishing for carp, I got used to the high effectiveness of my jams. And that's what helped me come up with a salutary idea… On the last day of my vacation I had my dream last chance. Żytka quickly escaped into the water, and I deliberately made the biggest mistake of any novice angler – I just started turning the handle. I've been spooling the line for so long, until it tensed completely and I felt the pike. Then I raised the stick to the normal towing position, and the pike was still at the other end of the line.

And he stayed until the very end. After returning home, I have already caught a lot of pikes in my favorite reservoirs without catching these predators after taking. And yes, so far, on average, I only used seven per ten strikes, Yes now, with "soft contact" without jamming, my productivity has increased to almost one hundred percent.

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