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normally the bigger the bait the bigger the fish!

Also if you use some kind of leader then you can go down and grab the leader then drag it up so your not worried about your line snapping!
 

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Tell me something. Are you planning on releasing these fishes or not?

Also what size are you referring to as larger fishes?


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10lb plus is a good fish over here mate...

in that case i havent had a good fish this year :thumbdown

my best bit of advise for landing fish on your own is have a plan of where you want to beach it and that sometimes its easier to do it on your own rather than with some numpty ucking fit up, try to guage your neighbours on the numpt scale before asking for their help
 

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Tell me something. Are you planning on releasing these fishes or not?

Also what size are you referring to as larger fishes?


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I'm taking about 10lb+ smoothhounds for example. To be returned.

The beach I fish has a ledge that makes dragging them up difficult. And letting line go slack to grab them alone worries me. Lost a few like that.

But seems not much else can be done.
 

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There is another thing you could try. why don't you get yourself one of those big specimen landing nets the carp anglers use? I use one with a long handle for mullet(when I go) It might get tangled or snagged if the ledges are rock.
Landing nets dont seem very popular with sea anglers. I have drop net for conger off rock marks but you see very few landing nets from the shore.
 

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I have a metal handled and framed landing net,
the handle breaks down into 2 sections bout 8 ft long, heavy as hell
but boy far better than the flexi handled landing net which are ideal
within the lake systems. Not seen anything like it on offer for years
 

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Any tips on landing larger fish from the beach when alone?
Lost a few hounds recently when my mates where there to grab them.
Any special tricks/tips?
Hounds are dead easy...

Ideally with some chesties on, when the fish is almost in just wade out a little, get the leader on the reel, then point the rod back up the beach with one hand which changes the angle of the line and will bring the fish alongside you...grab tail and walk fish out.

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