Dealing with Fish
When dealing with fish you must recognize them as living creatures and a part of this world. Bass in particular are object oriented and more stationary fish relating to spots to blend in to ambush prey. These objects such as weeds are needed for the organisms and forage and weed edges can be a key feature or object. To help understand fish, let us focus on the bass for this article.
1-Bass have good eye sight; can see color and their sight is a primary influence in behavior. The bassí eyes can receive five times more light than the human eye. This allows them to distinguish shapes, sizes, movements and color patterns the human eye can not. Bass do this under varying water clarity and light conditions. Bass do not have eyelids so they can not blink or close their eyes. What they do have is a black pigment, not present in the human eye that shades the photosensitive cells of the retina, which allows them to see well in extremely bright conditions with no discomfort. This could dismiss the idea that bright lights hurt the bassí eyes. Even though bass can spend a great deal of time in the sun without discomfort, they will more often use a shady spot for ambushing prey.
It is interesting to note that during light level changes, such as dusk and dawn the bassí eyes take much longer to adjust than most humans eyes. This may be why so many are caught during mid-day. Bass have excellent color vision and rely upon their vision for feeding, for protection and for spawning signals. With this in mind, during day time bright and smaller bait would appear more natural.
2- Bass have great sense of sound at close range but not as much at a distance. Bass hear through four separate organs, two inner ears and two lateral lines. Low sounds or vibrations are picked up by their lateral lines, but ears are still important. Thus lateral line nerve endings give bass an extremely accurate sense of direction. Since water transmits sounds five times better than air does, sounds you make in a boat are transmitted into the water and it is amazing how well a bass can hear what is going on in a boat. Another boat sound can come from some Sonar units which could also be heard by fish that are near the cone.
Bass are attracted by some sounds and repelled by others. Not many years ago it was discovered that rattles in baits call attention to the bait and increases the odds that a bass will bite. Because of this fact more and more baits have rattles, but we wonder if rattles are being overused causing fish to learn that rattling sounds means artificial lures that should not be eaten.
3- Bass can smell with their nose, maybe not real good as smell may be one of the last senses to come into play yet an important part of a bassís life.
4- Fish (Bass) are smart, not as humans as they do not have emotions nor are they big thinkers like us but still have moods and can learn by experiences to avoid unnatural things. They are survivors that can adapt and will take advantage of a feeding opportunity.
Fish are cold blooded and controlled by environment and metabolism therefore, with the coming spring the sun and its penetration is an important factor during the spawn making the NW calm sides of lakes good spots. Hope this gives you a new appreciation or understanding of fish and mainly the Bass and remember - Do Not forget your new Fishing Licenses each year by April 1st..!
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