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Battle the fish or just get it in?
Battle the fish
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Michael



Joined: 28 Jan 2012
Posts: 3823
Location: Bridgeport

PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 10:22 pm    Post subject: Nice Battle or Just Get it in? Reply with quote

Whether it be surfcasting for blues and stripers or freshwater fishing for predators such as lmb, smb, walleye, pike, and pickerel, are you a hardcore angler who uses a heavier setup to just get the fish in or are you more of an avid angler who uses a lighter setup so you can have a nice battle with the fish?
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TheFisherman357



Joined: 24 Mar 2015
Posts: 15

PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2015 6:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i personally go with lighter gear. i like to have my reels scream when i fight fish.
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RLoutdoors



Joined: 12 Aug 2013
Posts: 74
Location: Stamford, CT

PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2015 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depends on the situation.

Fishing any type of tournament, get that sucker to the boat ASAP.

Fishing C&R, I'll use as heavy a setup as conditions allow, No need to put extra stress on a fish that you're going to return to the water.

If I'm fishing to load up the freezer, or for hardy species like blues, I'll push the limits of how light I can go.
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Michael



Joined: 28 Jan 2012
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Location: Bridgeport

PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2015 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Same ting here Fisherman357.

I'd say part of fishing is having a nice battle with a fish, which is why I use a lighter setup while fishing. But it's a total different story if you're in a tournament, which I can understand.
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ChaoSki



Joined: 23 Jun 2014
Posts: 164

PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2016 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Even with heavy gear (12' Carp Rods) it can still take good 15-20 min to fight a 20-30lbs fish Smile

We use both. 6-7 footers are great for kayak or limited off shore access. 12 footers are for off shore with plenty of headroom.

Personally, as much as I love to fight the fish.....there is nothing like seeing that rod bend.
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Redneckangler



Joined: 05 May 2012
Posts: 851
Location: Meriden, CT

PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2016 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like to fish light. Applying proper drag pressure is the key on ultralight tackle to shortening the battle. I'm often fighting steelhead in heavy currents on 4lb. test. I keep the drag set extremely light but am constantly adjusting with my thumb rather than the drag knob. Allows me to react to changes and tires the fish much quicker.
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Michael



Joined: 28 Jan 2012
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ChaoSki wrote:
Personally, as much as I love to fight the fish.....there is nothing like seeing that rod bend.


And also hearing that drag scream
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