Crappie Basics 113

Removing a pole from a holder when spider rigging isn’t difficult but is often a problem for many fishermen. There are two stumbling points. First, when grabbing the pole lift up while letting the handle stay in the back of the holder. As soon as the fish is hooked, push forward on the handle to get it free. (The wrong way is when the bite takes place is to try to remove the pole before setting the hook. Maybe the pole is buried? It’s still best to lift up and then get the pole out of the holder.)

The second problem may be the biggest reason for lost fish…slack line. When pulling the pole out of the holder do not drop the rod tip that gives the fish slack line. It’s so easy to do but don’t do it or you’ll lose a lot of fish. -TH

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