Playing a Jumping Fish
Some kinds of fish fight entirely beneath the surface — others break water frequently and sometimes leap a foot or more out of the water. The black bass is one of the latter kind. The rule governing the handling of the rod when a fish breaks water is more easily given than followed. It is to merely lower quickly the tip of the rod when the fish leaps if the line is long, so that he will not fall on a taut line, but the line must be recovered instantly after he strikes the water. On a short line the tip of the rod should be raised a little as the fish leaps and lowered as he falls. This requires such quick action of brain and muscles that few amateurs accomplish it and sometimes it is better to simply let the natural spring of the bent rod recover the slack. If the fish is deep you can feel the slack as he rises to the surface and should reel in the line rapidly, also prepare for a leap from the water. When he goes down, lower the rod.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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