One of the most maddening aspects of fishing is the very one that will always keep the sport interesting to me. Whenever you’re fishing a particular area, and you’re not catching much of anything, you never know if you’re using a lure the fish just aren’t interested in that day, or if there just aren’t any feeding fish where you’re fishing.
Both those questions rattle around in your head during a slow day of fishing, and if they don’t, they should.
I always tend to think it’s the latter rather than the former, but sometimes, a lure change proves that’s not the case.
On a recent trip I made with Madisonville angler Jeff Bruhl, one particular lure was absolutely the key to success. The day started slowly for Bruhl and me, as we focused on an area we thought would hold fish, and threw everything in the tackle box at them, with little to show for it.
Finally determining there just weren’t feeding fish where we started, we made a move, and began catching fish almost immediately. Well, actually only Bruhl did. I couldn’t buy a bite on any of the lures tied to my six rods.
Bruhl eventually had mercy on me, and shared a couple of Flukes. I had thrown a similar type of lure — a Senko — right next to Bruhl to no avail. The fish simply didn’t want it.
As soon as I threaded on that Fluke, however, it was like I had flexed my big, beautiful biceps, and the girls just couldn’t resist. I caught a fish on literally my first cast, and many subsequent ones. I hardly put it down for the rest of the trip.
Check out the video below to see all the action.
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