Get Ready

The Ready position, that is.

The guys at Gink & Gasoline are putting out some top shelf content and this post of theirs about the ready position is of the same high quality as I’ve come to expect from them.

Those lucky SOB’s were down at Andros South, a place I know lightly and love deeply.

One nugget of wisdom, among many:

Start by making a clearing cast. Cast out all of your line and strip it back in. That way the line stacked on top will be the first line to go through the guides. If you stack your line as it comes off the reel the head of your line will be on the bottom. That’s asking for trouble.

Yup. Just stripping line out on the deck is asking for trouble… the kind of knotted, bird-nest in the line trouble that could send the top section of your rod into the water.

That there is Andros.

That there is Andros.

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  1. Yeah, and clear line off your rod and reel immediately after a cast BEFORE you start to strip. After a strike is a bad time to find your line wrapped around the reel or butt. I lost a very nice 8 lb bonefish last month in Acklins. Nube mistake. Another boat had a birds nest get tangled in the third guide up causing the leader to break and fortunately not the rod. I’m not sure if it was an improper stack of line or the second not keeping the line clear very well. Damn wind!

  2. Here’s another little nugget associated with that first cast to re-stack your line. Take a quick look around for any small barracudas. Often times you’ve just motored onto the flat from deeper water or from an canal and those are places cudas like to hang out. I can’t tell you how many flies I’ve lost to the little fly snatchers during that first cast. I think typically I retrieve the line faster after that first cast which also gets the attention of the little buggers.

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