Originally Posted by Mr.Grumpy
So, the CW around these parts is that the Stripers head right up river chasing Herring at this time of the year. I live
up the river and the baitshop had
fresh herring. No brainer. Well, I started slicing up the first herring and the head got stolen (?) then the steaks (all stolen) and then the tail went in. I couldn't give that bad boy away! Questions are raised:
- Do Stripped Bass prefer the head/body sections to the tail section?
- Was it this preference or the warming of the day through high noon that turned the bite off?
- Every time Jeremy Wade catches any thing it takes the bait and moves off and THEN he sets the hook. All I got were two small tugs and that was that. Should I be hook-setting after that first tug?
By the time I got to that last thought all I had left was that tail!
the reason for fish "liking" the head over any other part of a baitfish is that the oils are more concentrated at the head than any other part of the body. fish like bass/trout/and alot of other species that have a keen offactory sense or "senses in this case", will key in on the head, since they eat thier prey almost exclusively head first.
the warming of the day? in the early spring, the location you are fishing is not my expertise and won't comment on it. here however, the daytime bite is wind and weather related. weather patterns are one key to learning an area but not always a factor as fish do so many unexpected things. but,, they are predictable at two stages of the prefferred feeding times and almost always at night. if you are confined to fishing only the daytime? you should move from spot to spot and try and locate a productive area. "prefferably structure and current combined with deeper water. we've been over this last year as i recall?
your bait was eaten by something other than a bass most likely.. as i can't imagine you not accidentally catching a fish with what i would think was fresh bait...
but then again, if you are just leaving your rod in a rod holder and begging for a bite to be lost you are not going to fare well. a baitrunner reel won't alway's help as you lose alot of fish with this technique as your business end may be set up improperly to alert the fish to the presence of weight resistence or
omfg? wtf am i typing this for>>>> he doesn't have a baitrunner reel>>> he's not holding the rod in his hand is he? do i need to hold your hand every season? didn't you remember the lessons from last season? you had a whole 5-6 months to save up enough to get a setup to fish with.. what are you using now as opposed to last season?