WINTER FISH SCENTS MAKE SENSE by Gord Pyzer
Dr. Keith Jones says almost every time you go fishing, fish sample your lures without you knowing it.
ON YOUR NEXT ICE FISHING TRIP, TRY SPLASHING FISH ATTRACTANTS ON YOUR LURES
"I guarantee that almost every time you go fishing," says Dr. Keith Jones, "fish sample your lures and you never know it."
It is a pretty scary thought, isn't it? But how many times have you been ice fishing on a Northern Ontario lake for walleye, lake trout, yellow perch, black crappies or some other favourite species and watched a fish on your sonar screen rise up and lock onto your lure? You probably thought it was staring at your bait, sizing up whether or not to eat it. But the reality is that the fish likely smelled, tasted and spit out your bait without you knowing it.
Indeed, according to Jones, who is an expert in fish olfactory senses and the person who invented Berkley Power Baits, "In our test tanks, we'll pull a lure through the water and monitor it with a wide angle camera. Occasionally a fish will rush headlong in and eat it out of aggression. But more often, they will come up behind it and follow it. They're evaluating whether or not to eat it. Often a fish will nip the lure, sample it in its mouth, spit it out and you will never know it. It is not what the fish wants. But when you make a subtle change, the fish swallows the bait."