Hallo anglers! Today we will talk about a problem that we face in shore jigging also in deep spinning and in general lure fishing. This problem often cost us fish this problem is the “holing”. Im sure the first thing most of you will think is that we talk about groupers true they are the first fish species that will run into rocks they will open their gills in the holes and they don’t move for any reason but there are other species that can run into rocks Snappers for example anglers that practise live bait fishing they know it well snappers will run into rocks and sometimes in holes other species do it also, like seabass in rocks and sea weeds Many times also amberjacks run, not into, but next to a rock and stay there so so “holing” of fish does not focus only in groupers but many species Today we will see how to get most of the “holed” fish Because it is impossible to get them all… The best thing we can do to avoid a loss from “holing” is to avoid “holing” itself! This means that we pull the fish with all our strength fast and without a breath. This is the only way lifting the fish fast from the bottom and pulling it toward us. we might manage to get its “bubble” out the swim bladder and this makes dizzy the fish and does not allow it to act normally. Fast retrieve also pull the face up and is hard to look down for a shelter. so the first thing we should do is to avoid “holing” itself. We are in a deep place with a reef rising on our right from 42m to 5m Here we have lost many fish due to “holing” But now we have find the cure!!! I want you to give appropriate attention on my behavior after strike. (drag set 6kg) What we do for a fish! After this Yes it is very possible depending the place if there are falling rocks etc is very possible to encounter a “holing” On fast dropping deep waters there where blue is under your feet is hard to get a holed fish. As much progressive the bottom fall it is more likely to get a fish in a hole. Also it is very easy fro a fish to enter a hole when we fish in rocky shallow waters so we keep in mind that there is always the risk to have a “holing” fish. our most important weapon against such insident is our patience Patience usualy will pay and when we say patience this could be from seconds to even hours. this is up to each person and what quantities of patience he has. So if we get a fish in a hole depending the species it will move sooner or later for example groupers might take toooo long snappers might take from seconds to some minutes but all these are not laws. Type of “holing” plays a major role and is different fro species to species A snapper often stay on the side of a rock staying there or sometimes stuck the face between two rocks. grouper species will try to enter whole in holes and will exit very very hardly in there, they expand their hard gills and stay stuck but for how long? Here comes our main object, how much we have to wait. groupers in general if they run to a random hole we are very lucky because for sure sooner or later they will try to go to their main hole. Snappers on the other hand as said before they run to random rocks. random rocks or even holes For groupers, if we are so unlucky and they manage to enter their main hole they will never exit and for no reason. game over! why move? they are on the protection of their “home” on a random shelter they know they are vulnerable so with the first chance they will try to ecape to the basic hole. what are we doing while waiting? for start we do not leave the rod from our hands Never and for any reason But it is very important to have the braid loose if we have tension, the fish feel it and won’t move from there. But are we having loose braid from the start? No when the fish run into a hole we will instantly lift and take it out. because if it is next to a rock, with a little pull it will come out. and we continue reeling like crazy. If we do so and the fish wont react, and stay stuck in there this means that it is very deep inside in this situation it is very important to aply no tension. and if someone tells you that with tension you tire the fish, believe me it doesn’t because it is in an angle the leader touch the rock, or even worst the braid, and this angle eliminates tension on the fish, but for sure destroy the leader. So stay loose 2 meters is enough or just lower your rod and watch carefully the braid and wait dont wait to feel the fish run once you see the braid straightens it means that the fish is moving and you start retrieving You raise your rod and you pull to turn the fish and retrieve without a breath. The faster the better The target is always to raise the fish from the rocks and not lose time for nothing High gear reels here help us a lot because they retrieve more centimeters and multiplying with turns, become meters. so “fast” reels help also. This place is very shallow and hard The microphone of the camera is right next to my mouth and records the intensity of the moment. The fish makes a last effort to gain its freedom. I loosen the braid and wait Seconds seem like hours Suddenly the braid straightens I secure the fish in a cavity If the “holing” keeps too long I have observed that sometimes a light twitching of the braid always after a long period of no reaction for example if we wait 15 minutes and nothing happens in such cases sometimes if we twitch a little the braid this suddent annoyance sometimes push it to exit and run again we retrieve like crazy because the fish is not tired after all this pause. if the fish will not react, we do not insist. we wait again for many minutes and try again later. and so on. Now how many times we should do this? This depends on each person. People that have the guts to wait for as long as one hour, they usualy get the fish. Me on the other hand, I don’t have the guts to wait for too long. Me in 20-30 minutes I have pimples all over my face. So I simply cut and continue or in the case of summer I might take a bath follow the line on the surface and try to go against the fish for example if here is the shore and here is the holed fish I will swim enough to bypass the fish and pull against this is also not a guarantee because we assume only where the entrance of the hole is it might be oblique not many things to do but sometimes a swim really get the fish out remember we need a second person on land because if we manage to pull the fish out the other person must start retrieve fast it is not possible for us to lift it because we can’t pull and swim at the same time. we will get drowned we have to get it out and then with our signal, our buddy reel it out. Swimming to get a fish out, is very dangerous and only skilled swimmers should try it. because having one or two hands occupied is EXTREMELY dangerous never forget the possibility that the braid might tangle our arms or legs and this is really life threatening. so only the skilled, and them with extreme caution. we always have in mind that even thinking of putting your life at risk is unaxeptable. so putting it is trully madness No fish deserves our life fish will come over again so be extremely careful a GB grouper has striked and comes out easily the falling rocks in fron of me are obvious the grouper finds refugee in the rocks Im not famous for my patience so i will try somethign else. YES!!! I was lucky that the hole was a random one and I managed to get it out. When fish get “holed” easy? Most holing fish will occur when our jig falls and especialy groupers take it while falling and go directly into their hole. GB goupers can run vertically many meters to get a falling jig during fall we have many loose meters of braid due to angle of floating braid so the fish has many meters to take advantage another reason is while reeling if there are obstacles in front of the fish, like big rocks the fish can run under or next to them. another big mistake we often do is that when we reel a fish and have it close we believe that in the last meters we are the winners and we are confident that the fish is ours if the swim bladder of the fish is not expanded it is not yet yours. As I use to say a fish is yours, ONLY when it is in your icebox if you choose to keep it If you choose to C&R then it is yours at the time you release it in the water. So if in the last meters you slower your reeling there is a high risk the fish to take advantage and run into the last meter rocks. in this case, the fish is already stressed and knows that it is away from its natural depth, In these cases if we wait, very soon the fish will run again to the deep. With few words, it will first go to a random shelter, it will regain some power and once is oxygenized and strong again, it will run for sure to the deep. In this case it is ours, except if we are unlucky. remember, that the sharpest rocks are always the ones close to the shore. in the water, close to the shore. so there is always a high risk of cutting. Now about how much we pull when fish are in the hole, No as i said because we are in angle the hardest we pull, the more we scratch our leader or the braid so it will eventually cut. don’t pull hard on holed fish better wait! without a doubt, the final word in a holed fish, has the gear. The stronger our set up is, the best chances we have to get the fish. it is much different to have a holed 3kg grouper and have a 0.40mm leader with Pe #2.0 braid and completely different to have 0.63mm leader with PE #4.0 braid. it is well understood right? so the lighter our set up is, the more difficult to get the fish is. When we are light we try more defensively less tension and less pulling im not suggesting you to fish with very thick gear you can see that i prefer more light but it is true that a strong set up, has more capabilities to get a “holed” fish. This is probably a big Dusky grouper, slugish and heavy! The monster “holed” I will try to change angle just in case… Thank you very much for watching! Thank you very much for your time be sure that more interesting videos are following. be strong and well!