Picture yourself in a boat on a reservoir with a fishing rod in one hand and the line in the other, when suddenly there is a quick sharp jerk, the nibble of a fish. At this crucial moment choices you make and the action you take will have a direct effect on the outcome of landing the fish or losing it. It will be the difference between fishing and catching.
This is the setup that fishing games try to emulate, the elation of the bite followed by the setting of the hook. If you have ever lost a fish due to faulty fish hook, here are some tips to prevent this from happening again.
Setting a hook is different depending upon what you are fishing for. If you're trout fishing the fish will bite gently. In fact, many time bites go undetected when fishing with salmon eggs because some trout just like to suck out the inside of the egg. When this happens you will feel a little quick tap the best thing to do is lightly move the line an inch and then wait. The next bite should be a little stronger but the response should be the same, move the line about an inch. The third bite should be a solid hard bite to which you respond by pulling back the line about 4 inches. This should set the hook and you'll feel the fight of the fish.
If you’re bass fishing, especially with a lure, the fish will strike at the lure. Most of the time when a bass strikes a lure they have their entire mouth around the lure. Best response is to continue reeling and just give a small sharp jerk on the rod tip. This should set at least one of the treble hooks into the basses mouth.