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Strike the Lure Sideways for a Second Chance at a Bite

Set the hook to the side to keep the lure working in the case of a missed hit

January 19, 2018
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Set the hook to the side to keep the lure working in the case of a missed hit. Illustration by Steve Sanford

When the strike comes while retrieving a lure or bait, resist the urge to set the hook in a vertical plane, which pulls the lure out of the water. Instead, pull on the line with a horizontal motion; if you miss the fish or it strikes short, the lure remains in the water, and you both have a second chance at a hookup.

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