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Myth #4 ꟷ Tuned Crankbaits Catch More Fish

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

I enjoy fishing and, fortunately, as a once again newbie, I have not been inundated with years of statements and information claims by producers of fishing accessories or seasoned anglers. But, from what I have read so far, "knowledge" and information being posted in the industry falls in the category (in my opinion) of just plain illogical hogwash and nonsense. I came across an article recently, written 10 years ago, which claims with such authority that all crankbaits must be "tuned," in order to function properly. Here are are two excerpts:

  • "A crankbait that’s out of tune works about as well as a six-string guitar without the strings. Out of the package, the vast majority of crankbaits are not only out of tune, but next to worthless for catching fish."
  • "A tuned crankbait is one that dives straight down in the water when retrieved or trolled. All crankbaits certainly dive out of the package, but diving straight down in the water is another matter. The vast majority of these lures tilt slightly to one side or the other causing the bait to run left or right of center when casted or trolled."

I don't think there is a species – on land or in the sea – on this earth that is "tuned." What fish that you know dives straight down? What fish that you know will swim perfectly in a straight axis, without veering to the left or right? In fact, every producer and every angler constantly claim that, in order to motivate fish to bite, create actions that simulate distress or injury. In other words, we employ a variety of techniques: we pull and stop the lure/bait; we jerk the bait; we lift and let the bait fall; we shift the lure to the right and to the left, etc.

Just that logic and observation alone obliterates the idea that a lure requires tuning.

The author further claims that, when tuning, it should be made in calm and undisturbed water and especially not behind the boat while trolling, "as the boat and outboard are displacing water and creating a bumpy path for the lure to run in." First of all, I don't think we can see a lure at any depth under water, 10 to 20+ feet behind our boat – even if the lake or channel is perfectly clear. And, besides, what water is ever really calm or undisturbed, especially behind a motor?

Also, an untuned lure will reduce flash in the water? Now, I think the author may have had one too many Budweisers. Spinners on bucktails are going to create ample vibration and flash, even if the knot we apply is a clinch knot vs. a non-slip loop (as it is claimed is required). What is vibration vs. required "maximum" vibration. Have we measured this scientifically, under laboratory conditions? Can fish tell the minute difference, whatever that might be? Besides, I constantly read and am told that fish are stupid. Are they?

Oh, the imaginary tales, facts and truths we tell.

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?

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1 year 7 months ago
I'll tell you what: I think this article hits the nail on the head. I agree with the author. I don't know what the percentage is, but I am under the belief that 95% of all fishing "truths" and "facts are imagined fairy tales.