1.Fishing line breaks, using worn out or nicked up fishing line is the number one worst enemy. That and making sure the pound-test of the line on your spool is up to the task required. Its like trying to catch a whale on a safety pin, it’s not going to happen.
2.Not enough line. The second most common error for losing the fish. Any sporting fish is on the verge of making a running leap for it and if you don’t have the line needed, that loud snap is going to bring you down hard.
3.The rod for the job. Sure David knocked off Goliath but don’t count on it here. The third most common reason is the rod snaps off in two. The reel is not up to the task, it’s about balance and backbone.
4.The hook. The fourth most common reason for failure is the hook, isn’t sharp enough, it’s the wrong size, too big and the fish will detect it, too small and it comes back without a fish.
5.Your knot. If your knot failed you figure out why or use another knot and take the time to tie it right. There are all kinds of sites online and books with step-by-step detailed instructions.
6.Move it. When you hook the biggy and it takes off away from you, not following the fish is a sre way to lose it. Following the fish around the boat proper or chasing with it increases your chances of landing the fish.
7.Your drag. Too much drag is too much pressure and can cause the rod or the line to break, too loose and the fish can shake it off. 25% of the breaking strength of the line is the rule
8.Your listening skills. If you are fishing on a boat with a crew who is giving you tips on landing that sucka’, you better listen up. The captain and the deckhands make a living doing it and they want you to catch that fish as bad as you do. It takes a village to catch a fish. If an argument breaks out, then everybody loses the fish for lack of attention.
9.Maintaining tight line. Another failure to communicate, only this time it’s with your most important piece of equipment, your rod. Slack line means you are not paying attention, and you can’t possible feel it, that is what a fish is doing to your bait or lure.
10.Failure to get it from the water to the boat. Boatside, the battle isn’t over yet, but many people lose it at this one point because they think they are done and the fish is just going to “come hither.” Not so. Fish are all about natural instinct and looking for every possible chance to make a run for it. Be prepared for the fight to continue. Have someone ready with the net, or the gaff.