Catching fish requires some knowledge — of fish and their habitat. The more you know, the more fish you will haul home!
In no particular order, these are some of the facts great anglers say are important!
The Senses of Fish
No doubt about it, fish can see, hear and smell. If you can see the fish, they can see you! This is no time to wear your hot pink polka dot shirt; mustard, blue and beige are better color choices.
Fish may not hear soft talking, but they do feel the vibrations of a boat motor. Folks who insist on shouting to others — are alerting the fish, as well as their friends.
Fish are a lot like bloodhounds — they follow the scent of a favored food until they find it. That is why tossing chum into the water is so effective; fish rush to the stinky fare.
Remember, odors carry better over water than on land! Thus, smoking or handling kerosene, oil or gasoline is a dead give-away to fish.
Also, be careful with suntan lotion or insect repellent — remove the odors of these items from your hands before casting.
What Fish Like
Have you ever wondered why there are so many colors of plastic worms and lures? Fish like colors and motion — however, they must seem natural.
On bright days, leave the chrome and nickel lures in your box. You want to dazzle the fish; but fish are frightened when the light is too bright.
On bright days, it is better to stay with black, copper or brass colored lures.
Fishing in turbid (muddy) waters? Yellow just might be the best color for the situation.
Fog lights are yellow because they are easier to see (than white) in murky, foggy or dark conditions. This holds true for fish; they come toward lures they can see in darker waters.
An attractive, noticeable color is nice, but realistic action is what brings the fish in for a bite.
In fresh water, fish like slower moving lures; while saltwater lures need to move rapidly to catch a fish’s eye!
Come Back Tomorrow: More Things You Need to Know to Catch Fish!
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