I can't ever figure out what they think they are feeding on
An old fishing buddy of mine out of the blue contacted me a few nights ago and we discussed lures that we've caught fish on over many years. We agreed that none of them looked nor acted like anything fish would eat, so we came to the conclusion that lures simply provoke
fish to strike given the right place and time. Not all lures mind you, but only those lures that irritate the senses and bring out the bully
in fish. Examples are many - retail and homemade.
After catching fish on a lure for the first time, I knew immediately that fish can't think much less have a reason (unless anglers give them one) for striking lures made of metal, wood, hard or soft plastic, lead, wire, silicone, etc. all attached to hooks no less. The beauty of that is that it allows a huge range of possible lure choices plus being able to catch fish in different location types and at different depths on the same outing.
What is the first lure characteristic an angler should discover when trying various lures? SIZE! Size affects the action-profile of lures. When larger lures works, fine, but when downsizing is called for - that's all she wrote! I found this out after getting nips by fish that refused to commit and turning into Jaws
. I downsized, retrieved smaller lures slower and got good hook sets.
Interesting was the observation that once one fish was caught, others in the area become as aggressive or more so that is maybe due to interpreting the panic of a hooked fish as fish aggression. May as well get into the fun! School fish
are perfect examples of this phenomenon. Catch one/ catch ALL one after the other! More important - its further proof that fish don't and can't think - they simply react
Lure design is all about whatever it takes via lure size/action to provoke strikes. Advertising doesn't address that. If it did, no one would buy lures. So, we as lure crafters of custom
baits must pay attention to, is noting the lure action of a lure or lures that do well. It's more descriptive than giving names to lures such as Sassy Shad or Zara Spook which mean nothing to fish. It's also more accurate to associate a lure's action with how it was worked
when it caught fish.
Your future lure choice should also depend on a specific lure profile,
one that moves a certain way at a specific speed based on past observations and success stories. Photo records don't lie! I have thousands per my digital cameras. Before that, a notebook noting time, place, lures and fish caught were reminders in stone that anything
is possible.Don't shoot the author of the above!
This is only one angler's belief and opinion based on my success over decades of catching fish on almost every lure one can think of. If other lure-choice reasons help anglers catch fish, so be it!