Summer: Hot water, quick digestion and omnipresence of prey. I tend to use the shade with medium and strong vibrations on sizes between 3 and 4 “(to stay in versatility without distinction of species). The fish feel the vibrations and by food competition react very well on this type of presentation.
Winter: Cold water, slow digestion, concentrated fodder. I tend to use larger lures (minimum 4 “) with lower vibrations. Namely subtleties or shades with a smaller hammer. The idea is to solicit the appearance of predators by the size of the lures (big prey = lots of calories) while emitting little vibration (white in the water do not race…) = wounded and easy to hunt fish.
Spring/Autumn: Period still a little mixed or large and small lures may work; same with the vibrations.
That said I tend to fish on larger sizes of lures in the spring with less vibration than in autumn where I fish most small with strong vibrations.
The hue of the lures often vary with water color. But in general the fisherman can go on the following ideas:
-Muddy water = clear tinted
-Clear water = dyed dark
That said, I try in the majority of cases to follow these rules. Winter, I do not hesitate (regardless of the color of water) to fish with warm shades. The idea is to attract the fish (like a bull with a red cape).
Find The Right Combination:
It is obvious that the previous lines reflect key principles that will allow to outsmart some fish in the majority of situations.
And that’s really where the fisherman must make a part of things. Capture 3 successive Zander doesn’t mean we found the ‘right mix ‘. If anything, change of color, the size of the lure or a variation of weight result in a vibration that would have allowed the capture of several other fish.
The previous outline allows only one thing: start the session “logically” which is the ‘good’ first hypotheses of fishing (leaded, tinted head weight, size and choice of the decoy). Really have the results be the key driver which will then bring the catch of the day!
Armed with these pieces of informatio, the fisherman can ask some questions:
– Shy lures, fish stung in edge of mouth:
– or inactive fish: increase in weight, vibration reduction
– problems synonymous with bad presentation: change color, diameter or fluorescence to improve catch
Finally, in case a change reduces the frequency of catches (wrong track) either we increase it (we’re going to the right combination) or we decrease it.
However, do not believe that high catches are generally synonymous with having made the best decision. It may be down to only catching the most active fish (one of 10…):
– If we fish slowly, do not hesitate to fish more quickly
– If it is sealed heavy don’t hesitate to lighten to fish more surface fish
In summary, you should never stay on a single lure and set up. If it happens to be right on the day, often without some modifications, we can miss out on a lot of other fish!