Play em high or play em low.

Poacher Pat Felstead

Active member
Joined
Apr 21, 2019
Messages
69
Just been watching fishing all stars. The 2 match anglers always play the fish with the rod tip low to the water.
I was always taught to have the rod tip high.
Just wanted to know why these pros play them low and what are the benefits of doing this.

Cheers
 

Ken the Pacman

Regular member
Site Supporter
Joined
Aug 24, 2015
Messages
3,606
When you keep the rod high as the fish gets closer it tends to pull them towards the surface (light) which they dont like so its better to draw them quietly to the side.
 

Silverfisher

Regular member
Site Supporter
Joined
Mar 10, 2019
Messages
9,839
I was thinking it must be a match carp thing as I’ve never seen adam Rooney use that style for any other species of fish. Can see the logic in it but just didn’t look like proper fishing to me haha
 

Sam Vimes

Regular member
Site Supporter
Joined
Apr 27, 2009
Messages
5,728
Horses for courses. There are times when it's not possible to do one or the other and retain an appropriate level of control. Much depends on how a fight plays out. Whether you are fishing flowing water or still also makes a difference.

I suspect that the natural inclination for most anglers is to keep the tip high. Most of us, especially of a certain vintage, were probably taught that way. However, whilst it makes a lot of sense to teach a beginner, it's not the whole story.

In my experience, I'd suggest that most carpers will play fish low to the sides in an attempt to get the fish up to the surface as quickly as possible. This will help to avoid snags and weedbeds.

Most of the skilled river anglers and matchmen I've encountered will vary the angle of their rod during a fight depending on how the fight pans out and what the swim they are fishing dictates.
 

Chervil

Regular member
Site Supporter
Joined
Jun 1, 2017
Messages
5,726
I naturally tend to play fish high, because I always have. However, I have started to play them low, mainly because I find it easier to control them and steer away from snags.
 

NoCarpPlease

Regular member
Site Supporter
Joined
Aug 2, 2006
Messages
4,233
Most of the skilled river anglers and matchmen I've encountered will vary the angle of their rod during a fight depending on how the fight pans out and what the swim they are fishing dictate
this ^^^^ is the reality.
for example, I grew up fishing for chub up against snags such as trees hanging n the water, if you commenced the battle with rod up high, the fish would simply swim up in to the snag
 

TrickyD

Regular member
Site Supporter
Joined
Jun 18, 2018
Messages
3,842
I keep the rod low, stems from fishing rivers & catching bags of silvers, with the rod high they come to the surface quicker, causing a lot of splashing and more fish slipping the hook or attracting pike.
 

smiffy

Regular member
Site Supporter
Joined
Mar 26, 2009
Messages
3,338
I was taught many years ago to play low for Bream. It brings them up in the water quickly which can help if you don’t want to spook other feeding Bream. Once you got them facing you it’s often possible to wind them straight to the net,no matter how big they are.
On rivers,like Sam says,you need to adjust as things pan out. Play low and you’ve got more line in the water,giving the fish a little bit of extra leverage. Play high and all the fish wants to do is dive deep and find snags,in the case of Chub and Barbel.
 

NoCarpPlease

Regular member
Site Supporter
Joined
Aug 2, 2006
Messages
4,233
As you say, you have to adjust to circumstances.
On the Wye once I had to winch the cock dace straight to the surface asap and skitter them across the surface to avoid pretty much every one being devoured by crocodile pike.
On the Avon recently my peg was chock full of weeds and reeds, the only place I could fish was a run down the far side. Again - I had to skip the fish over the weed to avoid snagging up all the time (good job the biggest fish was about 10 oz)
 

davepellet

Regular member
Joined
Jan 5, 2007
Messages
1,924
always low unless I'm on a particularly deep water with a steep rocky slope, then I like to get them up early, well away from any snags and any pike lurking near the deck
 

Poacher Pat Felstead

Active member
Joined
Apr 21, 2019
Messages
69
Thanks for all the responses. I can see why you would play it low if fishing around snags etc but in a commercial puddle it didn't seem to make sense. Having said that there are enough of you guys seem to think it makes it easier.
So on my next outing I think I'll be giving the low play a try.

It's funny I've been fishing over 30 years and I still learn new things daily.

All the best fellas and thanks again
 
Top