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Author Topic:  How are lures perceived by fish? ... and not in a recognition sort of way  (Read 327 times)


The following is based on years of experimenting with various lures, catching fish on them and basing that on why catch fish. It is meant to expand one's lure selection for any outing without the bias shown by TV fishing shows and fishing articles.

crankbaits and surface plugs = a prey fish to a fish?
jig & trailer = crawfish to fish?
spinnerbait or any blade bait = fish to fish?
plastic worm = some type of worm or leech to fish?
Senko = ? to a fish?
Chatterbait = ? to fish?

The list goes on what anglers believe various lures represent to predator fish. It doesn't really matter though as long as fish strike what's at the end of the line. But when it comes to fish senses sending information back to a very small brain, one has to wonder the significance of what a lure supposedly represents. 

I do believe that fish sense any real prey animal by its motions whether stationary or trying to escape. Barely moving parts such as those of fins, claws, eyes, antennae and body squiggles are easily sensed and determined to be food if not by an inborn instinct, than by a set of physical factors a prey animal exhibits. But what about all the lure examples given at the top?

Rather than debate whether they represent certain prey animals to any fish predator, I suggest that they represent an alien life force to a fish - something that doesn't look, feel, or move like anything in a fish's innate catalog of prey animals. How might that help an angler choose which lures to use? Here's an opinion you might find possibly helpful:

Fish that feed on life forms use the same senses to detect moving objects that come near whether real or manmade. The input of information to a fish's brain and whether it reacts to the object's movements is the same: size, shape, motion and speed are instantly detected and only the right size, shape, motion and speed initiate strikes depending on time and place and a fish's potential aggression level. A bass doesn't eat every minnow that passes near nor inhale every crawfish that scurries along the bottom. But the nice thing about lures is that they can be used to irritate a fish to strike something it has zero recognition of.  

If I use one of a hundred soft plastic lure designs slowly or by repeated casts, I have a good chance of getting a fish to strike. Lure action is key! Getting a strike after repeated casts to the same spot after a miss or two, is proof that fish that get hyper stimulated because of a building aggression level cause by an irritation caused by the lure. You would think a fish would know enough to stay away from a lure it just saw more than once, but the fish has no clue what the object is to begin or that it is even the same object cast again. An aggression level can be increased by lures either by multiple casts to the same fish or by seeing other fish striking a lure.

Anger is not a term I would use why fish strike lures and nor hunger for that matter. Most important is that fish are provoked to strike an annoying object regardless of what an angler thinks it simulates to a fish. Again, lure action is key and not all lures of the same type have what it takes to provoke fish to strike. We try different lures and then value the best ones based on many successful catches year after year. As not all spinnerbaits are equal, nor are all crankbaits, surface lures or soft plastic lures equal in getting a fish to attack. Granted every lure has its moments, but the best designs catch the most fish.

Once you observe a good lure in action in the water at your feet and compare it to another, subtle differences might become apparent. It could be plastic softness; tail action; wobble; blade glow in murky water; etc. But the great thing is that we have so many good lures to choose from - as long as they are presented the right way.

I've posted many examples (photos) of soft plastic lures that catch most fish species. All have what it takes to provoke fish to strike - even large catfish. Basing lure choice on a prey simulation may be helpful but only as long everything about a lure's physical attributes  - action, size, profile and speed in combination - suggest object vulnerability and an easy target.

The proof is in the catching....


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