What To Do When It Goes Bad
- Part 1 of 4
(Murphy's Law Re-Defined)
By: Dennis Bryant "The Fishing-Professor"
You're fishing a busy boat-channel with your
best ol' friend one sunny summer afternoon, when he suddenly
hollers back to you and says: "Hey George! Pitch that spinnerbait
over there at that concrete piling. I just caught site of a
BIG 'UN next to it, but I can't hit it from here"!
That solo piling is about a 30' pitch
from the back of the boat where you are; so you immediately send
it on its' way, intent on hitting the piling above the waterline,
and letting the spinnerbait helicopter down to that LUNKER waiting
below. Bzzzzzzzzzzzz - CRACK/tinkle - splooosh! Flutter, flutter,
UUUUUUUUUUGH! You hammer the hook home! AND THE FIGHT IS ON!
Ten minutes later, that seven pound brute is sitting
pretty at the bottom of the livewell, while the mangled remains
of your brand new $6 dollar, ½ ounce, light-wire, 'super-bumper',
long-arm style, piling-smackin' spinnerbait, is dangling at the
end of your line; just crying for help! You think to yourself
Oh Well, at least it caught ONE FISH for me! So you cut the remains
off your line, and throw it in the trash bucket. Then you tie
on a brand-new $12 dollar, Titanium-shafted, ¾ ounce, double-bladed,
tandem style, 'Hog-Wrecker-Spinnerbait' that you bought from the
local spinnerbait wizard at your bass club last week. Two casts
later, the darned thing comes back to the boat without the blade-arm
attached. Sound familiar?
It's "Murphy's' Law"! If it can go wrong it will
~ at the worst possible time ~ and the worst possible place!
No! I'm not one of those west coast, 'fairy-wand'
castin', finesse-style, bubble-gum & swiss cheese colored, weightless
sumpin-ur-nuther usin', type of guy. And, I guess I'm not a 'Bubba'
type a guy neither! 'Cuzz I don't use no broomsticks or shovel-handles
with guides taped on 'em, an' toss 2 ½ pound spinnerbaits with
hubcaps fer blades, tied to anchor-line, to catch all them thar
Big-Basses down in the Onion City Swamp either! I do like using
light-wire, WAY downsized spinnerbaits! Why? Because they work
in places you'd never thought of using a spinnerbait in before.
And they DO catch fish! They can be retrieved slower, and produce
more vibration with smaller blades, than most of their bigger
brothers can. The drawback? They require re-tuning after every
fish that is caught! They do become mangled! But, BOY! They SURE
DO catch fish!
So - what's a guy to do?
Learn what makes a spinnerbait
work, and why.
Then, learn how to keep that 1/8
or 1/4 ounce, or even a 3/8-ounce and bigger spinnerbait, working
Finally; learn how to restore
your spinnerbait or buzzbait yourself; after it becomes badly
mangled by some little 15-pound Bass, or some huge 5-pound Dogfish
or Muskie, during your next fishing outing!
~~~~~ STAY TUNED FOR THE NEXT EPISODE ~~~~~
"LEARNING WHAT MAKES A SPINNERBAIT OR BUZZZBAIT WORK, AND WHY!"
Dennis Bryant ( The Fishin' Professor )
- Contact Dennis with your questions
or comments at TheFishingProfessor@bassonhook.com
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