Fishing for trump - page 2

Go fishing, but use an off-suit ace for bait.

When bidding most players start out with a general thought as to their method of play. As the hand progressives there could be times when a strategy change becomes necessary. These are the hands where you know there are still trump out against you. Those trump may result in you being euchred. Because it takes a trump to beat an off suit ace, leading an ace may be effective way to eliminate them. This tactic may be used anytime during the hand. It works best after one round of trump has been pulled and, as the maker, you're concerned about any remaining trump in your opponent's hands.

Table Position
Jack-jack call from 3rd

The dealer is in North and bidding get passed back to him. He looks at his hand and thinks, let's see, I'm holding three trump, an ace in diamonds and I'm void in clubs. This should be an easy point.

Jack-jack call from 3rd

East seat starts off the hand by leading the ace of spades. South follows using the 9. West seat throws off a useless 9 of diamonds and the maker(N) has to follow suit and plays the jack. The ace of spades is good and now the opponents have 1 trick.

Jack-jack call from 3rd

After taking the first trick, East leads back the king of spades. Again South has to follow suit and plays the ten. West throws away a second diamond and the maker(N) takes the trick using the trump 9. One trump has been played and both teams have taken a trick.

Jack-jack call from 3rd

Suddenly the hand is not looking as strong as it once was. Only one trump has been played and the right plus the ace are still out against the maker. By leading the left, the maker(N) is hoping all the big trump fall at the same time. That would be ideal, but it's not happening this time. East shows void, his partner(S) plays the queen, West plays the trump 10. Now 4 trump have been played and bidding team is 2 tricks in.

Jack-jack call from 3rd

The bidding team still needs to take one last trick to make their point. The maker knows that 2 trump, the right and the ace, are possibly still out against him. If he leads trump and the opponents hold a boss card he's most likely euchred. The only hope would be if they lead back a diamond. He decides to use the ace of diamonds and go fishing. This will give him the best chance of making the point as: 1) the ace walks or 2) there is one trump buried and the other is used to take the ace.

Everything goes as planned and the bidding team makes their point.

Suggested Further Reading:

Fishing for trump Part 1
Trying to Reel-in the big one

Fishing for trump Part 2
Go fishing, but use an off-suit ace for bait.

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