As arduous as I attempt I’ll by no means perceive fish.
I’ve learn a library stuffed with books, and even watched fishing reveals on TV, so I must be an professional. Sadly, fish can not learn, or a minimum of don’t learn, so all of my analysis typically involves nothing.
As an example, many of the well-written articles will inform you that crappie will head to the shallow water to spawn when the water temperature reaches near 60 levels. Now that I do know that each one I want do is dip a thermometer into the lake and wait till the temperature reads round 57 levels and I ought to catch fish. Sounds easy, doesn’t it?
If that is true then why did the crappies and white bass come up the cove on April 5, 2019 when the air temperature was simply 43 levels? I don’t know what the water temperature was, however for some purpose recognized solely to the fish there was a college of shad minnows up right here and the crappies and white bass have been having a feast. They have been so having fun with their breakfast that they even hit my jig and I had a fish on each solid. It was enjoyable.
This 12 months on Might three the morning the air temperature was 64 levels and the water temperature was 54 levels. So why have I caught just one fish off the dock this spring? It simply goes to show that fish have a thoughts of their very own, and despite the fact that we people think about ourselves the neatest of all species, fish typically defy all reasoning with their actions. That opposing thumbs principle about us being the dominant species solely goes to date. I’m stunned our species didn’t turn into extinct throughout that period when people have been typically the hunter and at different occasions the hunted.
So despite the fact that I’ll by no means perceive fish I nonetheless persist in attempting to study as a lot as I can. To that finish I’ve been lucky to dwell near water that permits my alternative to review my piscatorial opponent.
I started my fishing classes after I found an deserted strip mine pond close to East Palestine’s reservoir. I can hear fashionable dad and mom sucking in a collective breath of horror. Did my dad and mom truly permit a child to cross a pair streets, climb a close to vertical hill after which stroll the damaging shores on an deserted mine? Sure, however let me guarantee you that my dad checked it out for hazards earlier than he turned me unfastened for journey.
And an journey it was because the little pond held an enormous inhabitants of stunted bluegills, and pa even had a good friend web a couple of bullhead catfish from a creek so as to add to the thrill. I realized so much about fish from that little pond, together with tips on how to deal with catfish with care. Yep, I obtained my share of scars from dealing with fish, however I additionally started my by no means ending piscatorial training.
I hold attempting so as to add to this training at the moment, and now that I dwell on a lake my quarry is not simply small 2-inch bluegills, though there often are a couple of of the little sunfish hanging across the dock and I exploit Polaroid sun shades to look at them. My reasoning is the best way they react to sure lures is perhaps a sign of how that lure would possibly work on bigger fish.
After all I can at all times head out into deeper water and research walleyes, bass and even bigger bluegills. That’s when I attempt to put my piscatorial training to work and learn how little I actually know. Despite the fact that I now fish a lake so much bigger than the little strip mine pond I shortly study that fish seldom act just like the guide says they need to. That’s what makes my analysis so attention-grabbing.
As I stated at first of this column I’ll by no means absolutely perceive fish, and I’m proud of that reality. Truly if I ever perceive every thing about fish I can be unhappy. That would go away me nothing to study and I might hold up my rod, promote my boat and discover one other difficult interest. Happily I doubt that can ever occur.
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