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TOPIC: Novelty can be the spice of fishing

Novelty can be the spice of fishing 2 years 4 months ago #2876

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Novelty - the quality of being new, original, or unusual

Anglers appreciate improvements in tackle, be it hardware (rod, reel or line) or lures.
Some improvements are not true though packaged as the best thing since the invention of the barbed hook. Anglers are susceptible especially as a group to the must haves claims as essential until new must haves replace them.

This is not to invalidate true improvements within niche categories, but does challenge the necessity of change versus that which has proven adequate with thousands of fish caught over many years. The fickle mentality of many anglers is the basic reason many new products are bought though eventually discarded when proven the best thing to come along. Beyond that, many skilled anglers capable of discerning the advantages and limitations of novel innovations, as compared to useful innovation, may yet see that which is new and improved or just more of the same - adequate substitutes for what is already owned and regularly used.

Those less discerning may not ever realize that any tackle's success is due to time and place as well as presentation and the waters fished - possibly making any lure seem wanting. On the other hand, catching fish by accident does not prove a lure superior or more versatile unless that lure is used on many outings and in many location types (depth, weed types).

As you and I have seen, some lures are just fun to use within the parameters of their effectiveness. In fact, many lures may work equally in a location at a certain time of day or in prime months, making lure choices idiot proof. Beyond that, I am prone to a mysticism regarding lure use, believing that fish are more susceptible to lure changes involving different colors and lure designs - especially novel changes and/ or modifications such as size, color and action that seemingly push the right biological buttons resulting in the fish's downfall.

The excitement when the line goes slack and the fish netted is the first emotion felt along with the confirmation that the chosen lure worked and may have potential for future outings. I immediately think of possible variations that the lure opens such as modifications in color and design that usually disproves the original's reason for its success. Almost no lure must be used in only one color, size or action to work, giving an angler many choices to chose from, none of which are indispensable.

For me personally, there is nothing to add to the reasons I fish that are all encompassing in scope. For many anglers there is a mysticism sadly not appreciated based on novelty discovered that is the spice of the activity. Believing in a set of rules without challenge such as colors that must be used of a certain lure type and striving to cast natural looking lures (of which few are), prevents the consideration of using various lure types in various colors that can be as successful. In my opinion, using live bait 100 % of the time is just as limiting and for me a complete bore.
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Novelty can be the spice of fishing 2 years 4 months ago #2877

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Thanks, HOPE YOU HAD A GOOD WINTER! My experience has taken me in the other direction My rods are simple BPS Bionics, cork Handles, C3 reels except for a couple of old school Trions, all are 6'6" MH/F I only have a few rods, because at 66 years old with Diabetes its hard to re-tie on the water.
Down to a few soft plastics: Worms a couple of ribbon tails a couple of trick worms Green Pumpkin and the same with Chartreuse tails
Paddle tails Die Dapers and Yum Pulse : Houdini, Aya and Shiner
BPS Stickos Green Pumpkin, Houdini and Green Pumpin Chartruese
Thing to stick on a jig head 4 inch big bite yo mamas Green Pumpkin and Green Pumkin Chartreuse and a few Green Pumpkin Zoom Chunks

some 3/0 and 5/0 round bend worm hooks, Octopus hooks, weighted paddle tail hooks and Mojo weights and Carolina keeprs
' 2 types of jig heads, no weed guards , hitch hikers to attach plastics 2 and some skirts

THATS ALL, keeping it simple , last year I fished 23 days less than the year before and caught about the same amount of fish

I fish because its not work, I dont put that much thought into as you, you amaze me Senko, my success comes from years of trial and error and my take on it works for me
It's fishing, if it gets more involved than that, I will take up napping
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Novelty can be the spice of fishing 2 years 4 months ago #2879

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Winter has passed nicely though not enough ice for fishing. You kinda missed the point of the dissertation.
my success comes from years of trial and error

Which agrees with:
This is not to invalidate true improvements within niche categories, but does challenge the necessity of change versus that which has proven adequate with thousands of fish caught over many years.

I make lures. I design lures or modify lures and then test them. Some have proven superior, some equal to what I already use. The challenge to just catch fish is not enough to keep my interest - been there done that. The challenge for me is the novelty I can bring to fishing and still catch fish of many species. Lunkers of any species is the hope as well as numbers. A seven pound cat fish caught using a small jig and plastic lure I designed on 6# test last year is an example of pure happiness - even more so than the four lb bass caught on bass gear on the same day. Different strokes for different folks.
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Novelty can be the spice of fishing 2 years 4 months ago #2880

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I got your point, J just gave up arguing! I fish , I fish a lot, I don't own a tape measure or a scale! Frequently the company in the boat
is just as important as catching fish and catching fish and no work is exactly why I fish. My brain drain is music, I played drums for a lot of years so my brain cells get their work out through music If I am a dope as a fisherman I am one happy dope!
It's fishing, if it gets more involved than that, I will take up napping
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