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Has anyone ever heard the phrase "taking him going away" used to describe the experience of hooking a fish ("him") while it is moving away from/in the opposite direction of the person fishing?

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This looks to be more of a hunting phrase from these two references I found:

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I'm not familiar with this being adopted into fishing lingo—at least not in fly-fishing. Although there may be similar terms for the different ways a fish can take a fly. If a fish is hit by a hook and caught other than by its mouth, it is said to be snagged.

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I've not heard it exactly like that but I fully understand the meaning. When a fish takes bait there is a window of opportunity to strike to ensure a secure contact between hook and fish. That window of opportunity varies between fish and bait (and many other factors).

"Taking him going away", I would interpret as let the fish run and then strike. Another similar example would be - Let the carp head-off and strike when the float is under

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All helpful answers - thanks, friends! –  Patricia McMillen Jul 15 '11 at 14:23
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