Making sure you have the right pick-up lines

2013-04-13 00:00

GETTING a bass to bite requires just as much coaxing as getting a woman to agree to go out with you.

Though luring a bass on to your boat usually involves a slightly more scientific approach than throwing out your favourite pick-up line at the local pub, using fresh line certainly won’t hinder your chances with either species.

Bass, like most women, are more easily swayed when you appeal to all their senses.

The sight, smell and sound of a well-scrubbed man softly crooning a greeting stands as little chance of invoking a bite from a bass as a gentle caress and a taste of your finest wine. Just because the same sequence of tricks doesn’t work as well for one species as it does for another doesn’t mean that the technique won’t work. Rather, he must tweak his approach until he finds the one that successfully elicits a bite.

In much the same way that all women won’t fall for the same line, all fish won’t fall for the same bait.

An angler must determine how best to entice a favourable response by teasing the sight, sound, touch, smell and taste of his prey.

Seducing these five senses usually means that common sense will be forgotten as your mark greedily sinks its teeth into the juicy treat you used to coax it on to the end of your line. In order to charm all five of a bass’s senses, you must understand how they work.

A bass on the prowl for a tasty snack relies predominantly on sight, which means that if the bass is going to eat your bait, it needs to see it.

This is where sight fishing becomes very useful. Cast your lure where you can see movement.

If the fish can only be found in deeper water, take advantage of the available technology and drop a line in the areas indicated by the beeping of your fish finder.

Bass can see much better than we can in poor light, but when the water is murky you can get them interested by using a lure that makes more noise.

While bass don’t have ears in the conventional sense, they are able to hear. In fact, sound travels further in water than it does in air.

Since sound travels in waves, bass are not only able to hear the splashes of your lure, they are also able to feel the vibrations resonating from the sound. Smell and taste are complementary senses.

They must be added to the method you use to lure a bite out of the nearby fish. This requires that the bass is close to your bait.

Just as the smell of a juicy steak is likely to leave our mouths watering, adding a quality attractant to your bait could make the difference between a look and a nibble.

You only get one chance to make a tantalising first impression, make sure it’s a good one.

And if isn’t, then remember that each cast is another opportunity to correct your approach and ultimately, to succeed.

Whether you are preparing to go fishing for blondes at your local watering hole or fishing for bass at your nearest dam, appealing to your target’s senses is sure to improve your chances of going home with your hands full.

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