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Old 07-07-2014, 12:43 AM
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When being fortunate enough to connect with a fish, which method do you prefer when playing your capture, off the reel or hand-lining?

(I prefer playing a fish from the reel, as most of my fishing is at night up to my t!ts while wading and am cautious/wary, of the line being downstream from me.)
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Old 07-07-2014, 03:46 AM
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I use to play the fish by hand but since switching over to pawl type reels without drags I use the reel.

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Old 07-07-2014, 06:04 AM
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Default Re: What is your preferrence?

Playing the fish off the reel is my preference, when I'm in the water with a scoop net fastened to my back with shock cord and wading staff clipped to my belt on a big zinger thing slack line is just something else to tangle, so I try to get the line onto the spool as fast as possible.
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Old 07-07-2014, 06:26 AM
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Default Re: What is your preferrence?

Horses for courses . . . if a fish runs towards you then reeling is a recipe for losing it as it'll run far faster than you can reel.

Fishing in a float tube I much prefer to play fish off the reel to avoid landing fish among a basket weave of line.
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Off the reel wherever possible whether in a boat or on the bank. Snags abound and many is the fish lost through the line snagging on something and either breaking the leader or getting off - especially with barbless - while the angler's attention is on tangling the line rather than playing the fish.

I tend to "bat" the reel like a coarse angler using a centrepin which is a very quick way of getting line back onto the reel. If, as taterdu says, the fish runs hard towards me I handline until I have regained control of the fish then bat the loose line onto the reel and carry on from there.
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Old 07-07-2014, 06:47 AM
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Default Re: What is your preferrence?

I agree with Paul on this. If the fish is coming towards me I hand-line. As soon as it stops doing that, and I can get a tight line to it, I get it on the reel as soon as possible as I don't like line hanging about the tube particularly when deploying the net.
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Old 07-07-2014, 06:53 AM
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I prefer to play by hand and only use the reel on rivers or if the vegetation is likely to snag the free line.
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Default Re: What is your preferrence?

This subject can get a bit confusing.

1. My understanding is that playing a fish 'Off the Reel' means handlining.
2. When playing a fishing using the reel only (with all the line wound up) is
'On the Reel'


Which one is technically correct? I don't know, but reading various game magazines, every contributor seems to use a different version.



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Playing a fish off the reel means using the reel so does on the reel
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Playing the fish off the reel is my preference, when I'm in the water with a scoop net fastened to my back with shock cord and wading staff clipped to my belt on a big zinger thing slack line is just something else to tangle, so I try to get the line onto the spool as fast as possible.
Just a friendly warning to those who have shockcord / elasticated lanyards on their landing nets - if you get your net caught on something as you are walking along, it can come back at you with surprising speed and force when it manages to release itself - I speak from bitter experience! I think John Geirach wrote about a similar experience when he managed to knock himself out! Replaced mine with non-stretchy paracord.
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