If you’ve ever used a dive mask to look at underwater structure (like mangrove roots) you know that a certain measure of luck is required to extract a fish that makes its way into “the sticks”. Once a fish muscles its way back into roots (or other underwater snags like dock pilings, downed trees, etc), though, consider a reversal of fortune: point your rod tip toward the water and stick it as far down as you can without submerging the reel. Be sure to keep pressure on the fish the entire time, palming the reel for added pressure if required. This gives you an extra 5-6 feet of leverage and creates a straight (and less obstructed) line to the fish…which can buy you enough time to move the fight back into open water.
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