Some of the small details that
make a difference
are some things that make a difference that we usually don't think
about. Some of these small details could make a world of difference
in our success. One of the biggest that I think of is fueling up the
truck and boat as we go to the lake. This leaves the smell of fuel
on our hands. Our hands transfer the smell of fuel to our lures. Now
trophy size fish are very aware of there surroundings. If they see
our lure and pick it up, their smell and taste organs will taste the
fuel smell causing the fish to spit the bait out before we can set
the hook. I always fuel the truck up the night before and fuel the
boat up on the way home from a fishing trip.
Changing the size of
the treble hooks on crankbaits may affect the way the crankbait
acts. The size of the treble hooks that come on a crankbait are
tested and that size is used because the crankbait performs
correctly. If you use too large or too small of a hook on the
crankbait you might affect the way the crankbait swims through the
water or suspends in the water. When you change hook size on a
crankbait be sure and swim it through the water to make sure it is
swimming correctly. A larger hook may cause a suspending crankbait
to sink because of the treble hooks weight. I use a swimming pool to
check how my crankbait swims after I modify it.
that you can do to a crankbait is to use suspend dots or strips to
affect the way the crankbait suspends, sinks or rises in the water.
Be sure and check the way that the crankbait acts after you add some
suspend dots or strips and add or subtract until you get the action
that you are looking for. Remember that a crankbait may swim the way
we want it to today, but the next day we go fishing, it may not act
the same. Colder water is denser than warmer water. This affects how
a crankbait will act from day to day.
One of the things
that I see a lot is an angler fishing too fast. The thing that comes
to mind is fishing a worm down a moderate to steep slope in the
water. They swing the worm out and over the fish making the worm
land several feet down the slope if it even gets back down to the
bottom before they move the worm again. Another place this happens
is when they are fishing a creek bank and when the lure comes off
the creek bank, they swing the lure over the fish. I recommend just
shaking the worm down the slope and over the creek bank. This will
allow the fish to see the lure and possibly strike at it.
Be sure and read Part
2 that will be published within a few weeks.