Don't Hang Up


Whether fishing for stripers, weakfish, cod, blackfish, sea bass or even doormat fluke, the odds are you’ll be working around some sort of structure which means you are going to get hung-up from time to time – especially if working bucktails or jigs.


Hung-up? Try a little gentle jigging before putting on the pressure. Photo by Outdoor Tom Enterprises, Inc.


To free your line from a serious underwater snag, start with a gentle approach. Sometimes simply jiggling the line lightly will allow a jig to back out. If that, doesn’t work, try several successive sharp but short snaps of the rod, allowing the line to go fully slack between each sharp lift. Changing the angle of your pressure might also work, so try taking a few steps to the left or the right or maneuvering the boat to port, starboard or up-tide/up-wind before repeating the above steps. If all else fails, steady pressure, followed by full slack is the next trick. In any case, for lines that are snagged in shallow water, keep your rod tip pointed slightly off to the side so a jig that pops free will not come flying straight at your head.


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