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Myth #2 ꟷ We Know What Fish Are Thinking

Well, I have to proclaim ꟷ I'm a fishing dummy. But, I just cannot resist to stir up a hornet's nest.

Here I go again. We don't even know what our spouse is thinking – and he or she is of the same species. So, how can we claim we know the mindset of a fish?

The Devonian, part of the Paleozoic era, is otherwise known as the Age of Fishes, as it spawned a remarkable variety of fish. The most formidable of them were the armored placoderms, a group that first appeared during the Silurian with powerful jaws lined with bladelike plates that acted as teeth.1 The first fish appeared around 530 million years ago and then underwent a long period of evolution so that, today, they are by far the most diverse group of vertebrates.2 The Homo sapiens (that's us) only appeared approximately 300,000 to 400,000 years ago and, if I were to guess, with the way we are currently behaving, we may be around for another 100 to 200 years.

What make us think we know what kinds of artificial lures – size, shape, color, ridgid vs. segmented – fish will bite? So many amateurs, professionals and lure producers claim they know what fish like. Yet, when on the water, their actions contradict their coaching. First, they will throw out a Yamamoto Senko worm (many sizes, 25 different color variations), then a Zoom Trick worm (the "best overall" according to one expert, but can't be found), a Berkley Gulp rubber worm, a Culprit Original worm ("best artificial worm", 6-12 inches, 8 color variations), etc., etc,, etc. Then a white bucktail jig is heaved toward the shore or deep under the piers and wham, a striper bass hits. And the angler shouts, "They are hitting white bucktail today!" And throughout the evening, not another fish is caught.

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Is plastic or rubber on the plate today?

One is called a "a best rubber worm," another "best plastic worm," and yet another "best artificial worm." Really? Are they not all artificial worms? And, here I am, thinking: "What the hell are these authority anglers thinking?" I can see the fish now, sitting on a chaise lounge at 4 feet deep, fins crossed, reading "The Old Man and the Sea" by Hemingway, saying to himself, "Let's see, is plastic or rubber on the plate today?" Give me a break ... !!!

And books are written and published about this nonsense!

So, what is a neophyte like me to do? I want to just catch fish. But with what? Here is my answer: a realistic, local forage crank, swim bait or worm. Oh, and by the way, a lot of fish have been caught before the "new," insane Inu rig.

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This dummy also says, "The proof is in the pudding." I will let you know how my wisdom fares.

Get on the wagon. Give me some comments. Blow me out of the water…What the hell do I know?


1National Geographic, Devonian Period, by Michael Melford. 2University of Birmingham, Vertebrate Collection.

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The Angler replied the topic:
1 year 6 months ago
Testing Thinking ...
The Angler replied the topic:
1 year 7 months ago
This is a TEST ... Heck, don't even know what I am thinking.
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1 year 7 months ago
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1 year 8 months ago
Testing the new Angler's Logo adjustment notification.
CGO1 replied the topic:
1 year 8 months ago
Wow ... I know this will turn a lot of wigs gray. But I think you nailed it. There is so much conflicting, incoherent hog-wash and tall tails being imagined.