« Last post by Ronje on Today at 04:55:31 PM »
as far as the rules go, they may be immutable but the bass don't know that. A bass may want a red bait now but in a couple of hours they may want green or even blue, the color they can't see
The "rules" about L&C were wrong in the first place and have been for years and years.
I started mentally questioning establishment "rules" when I found that I seemed to be catching fish "IN SPITE of the rules" rather than "BECAUSE of the rules". The rules simply didn't make sense so I decided to look for myself. That's what started this for me. Its been an interesting journey.
Finding that the L&C rules were wrong, I thought about what other "rules" might be wrong and were adding to the L&C confusion?
I decided to start from the beginning by looking at the most important sensory receptors that bass possess to obtain food. What tools do they have? Particularly the ones bass rely on above all others.
Lateral line operation.
There are others.
So what were the "accepted establishment" rules? They were just as confusing as the visibility "rules" and were not based on anything related to science or physics.
User "experience" seemed to dominate the thinking there. Very little stuff based on fact.
To set a baseline, I needed to find out about those 3 basic parameters separately then look at how the bass combines their use to obtain food. They don't use one sense only at a time. Conservation of energy is paramount for a fish to survive. No food leads to low energy which in turn leads to even less food and less energy etc..etc which can only lead to ......no survive.
If bass don't succeed in finding food they die. If humans don't succeed in catching food (fishing), they go home and get food from the refrigerator (or buy fish on the way home).
Food is serious business to any fish so they combine the use of ALL the tools they have available (or risk starving).
One tool complements the others. One might be a long range sensor akin to an "alerting" mechanism that food is around the area. Another a "homing" sensor to bring the fish within striking distance on the source where yet another sensor takes over for the "strike".
It might be that a bass gets multiple alerting signals simultaneously (sound, vibrations, vision). Homing signals (vibrations, smell, sight).
Notice how a bass turns towards the direction of the alerting signal. Their lateral line provides that directional information and turns their head to face the source thus bringing their eyes into play. If that source is a fluro bass-orange or green colour, it'll stand out like dog's proverbials if the turbidity allows. If the turbidity doesn't allow vision to help out then the fish will move towards the source until it can see it (guided by it's built-in direction finder...the lateral line). Look closely at a lot of those underwater videos.
How each of those tools does that doesn't change despite conditions changing. All that a changing condition does is vary environment and thus the fish's reliance on one tool or another.
If we don't tick ALL of the "toolboxes" relating to what and how fish rely on those to obtain food (give ourselves the best chance of success), then we're setting ourselves up for failure.
Yes, I've gone into the L&C stuff in some detail (so that it can be used as a future reference). Those who want to can familarise themselves with the basics of that.
I'll look at one or two of the others from a technical or physics based perspective if that's what people want. Take some of the existing mystery and confusion out of them perhaps.
One of the subjects that I haven't chased up is how to read a bass's mind to determine what it wants or doesn't want. Bass react to circumstances by instinct.
I believe that I've got a pretty handle on how they use the tools they have available to suit their basic instincts (there's another good title for a tv/movie).
If there is a "bass whisperer" out there, I'd love to hear from them and learn.