Definition of setting the hook
The act of pulling or “jerking” a fishing rod when a fish bites the lure or bait at the end of the fishing line attached to the rod, with the intent to drive a hook into the mouth of the fish to be able to land the fish. Commonly done with logs and boulders as well.
Variations of the term setting the hook
How to use setting the hook in a sentence
I’m warning you not to stand near me or I’ll hit you when I’m setting the hook.