It’s funny how a conversation with a fellow angler can have an impact months later. While running the Marlo Kayak tournament a few months back, Dean Gamble and I had a lengthy conversation on the use of blades. A separate conversation with Steve Morgan identified a different theory all together. As you may know, I am a complete novice when it comes to these baits but have made a commitment to learn how to use them effectively.
Something unusual happened during the BETS St Georges Basin event. The area I was fishing was a lot deeper than I normally fish and required an Ecogear VX40 to be effective but what was really strange was the manner in which I was hooking fish. Most of the time you expect to have the hooks somewhere in or near the mouth, occasionally it might be a foul hook up but that weekend fish were consistently hooked up under the chin.
Dean Gamble’s theory
Dean Gamble’s theory is that the fish are sometimes like kids, they are greedy but not hungry and it becomes a case where multiple fish may be looking at the lure but one fish thinks “I don’t want it but you can’t have it” and places their chin on the food (or blade in this case). The obvious thing happened when I was lifting my rod tip, the bream where getting a couple of hook points under their chin.
I think this theory has some credibility, as we were hooking fish in patches. Sometimes with double hook ups and consecutive fish followed by quiet periods, suggesting that the fish were schooled in particular areas and qualifying the “competitive, greedy” theory.
Steve Morgan’s theory
Steve believes that blades like the VX40 (and others) end up being buried in the sand or mud when hopped. From here the bream are attracted to the vibrations but have to end up foraging for the bait through the mud or sand. On the next hop, the fish would then end up with a set of trebles under the chin if they don’t get their mouths around the bait quick enough.
The bottom structure of the area I was fishing was definitely muddy, suggesting that the lure would in fact bury itself in the mud. There were a few occasions where smaller fish would have a single hook point in it’s lip but with most of hooks under it’s chin.
I’ll be honest, I don’t mind which theory is right because it worked on the day. I’ve got a new trick up my sleeve, it won’t work all the time but at least I have one!