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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 02:59 PM 08/14/08 (CST)
Beaver Lake, in Ramsey County is just off McKnight road, near Maryland. It's small, has no access, but has a park and fishing pier. It's fairly popular with the locals.

About three weeks ago, I had an unused box of angleworms...the little skinny ones. I decided I'd take them over and give them to whatever kids were fishing off the pier. There was nobody there, so I tossed the worms, one at a time, off the pier.

Very interesting. Most of the sunnies and crappies caught off that pier are quite small, but the ones that were dashing out to grab a squirming worm on no hook, were twice the usual size. Well, I got rid of 24 worms, each one taken by a much larger than usual fish.

Well, after my Bald Eagle trip yesterday, I had the emergency backup worms still in my cooler. We did fine with artificials, and it's easier to release fish on them.

So, I decided to do an experiment over at Beaver Lake. I grabbed one of my ultralight rods, tied on a tiny gold worm hook, one with a long shank, and headed for Beaver Lake.

Once again, I had a couple dozen angleworms. On an ultralight outfit with 2 lb. test line, you can actually cast a worm on a bare hook, so I started experimenting. No bobber. No split shot. Nothing but the worm and the hook.

Well, it worked beautifully. Again, it was the largest of the sunnies and crappies that dashed out and inhaled the worms, leaving the potato chip specimens out in the cold.

There was a family on the pier, fishing for supper, so I gave them the largest ones from my catch. They weren't catching anything but tiny fish with their bobbers and worms.

Best results were with the hook passed just once through the center of the worm, just letting it dangle and wiggle. Keeping the line with a minimum of slack was good, and allowed quick hooksets. Cast, then reel a bit of the slack, and let the worm drift down and towards you, then just take the slack out of the line to set the hook. The big sunnies and crappies weren't messing around, either. They just inhaled the worm and hook and took off for cover again. All I had to do was watch where my line entered the water. When it moved sideways there was a fish on.

Two dozen worms caught about 40 sunnies and crappies in half an hour, since you often recovered the worm when you released the fish. The long-shank hooks allowed easy releases, and none of the fish were hurt badly. Most were hooked in the lip. Of course, some of them went to that family for tonight's fish fry, but that's the sunny's purpose in life. smile smiley

I'll try this out from the boat at other lakes shortly. Natural presentation in free-fall. Nice trick, and very productive. Wish I'd had a kid with me. He or she would have caught fish until they got tired of it.


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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 08:07 AM 08/15/08 (CST)
Excellent observation, MineralMan. I have noticed the same thing with pannies and walleyes. The lighter and more natural, the better. I have taken all weights off the line and hooked a leech then let it gradually fall, naturally and I have great success with this on days where the bite is a bit off. I usually am running 4 to 6 lb test when doing this. Very small hooks, too. A few years ago, I actually caught a 10 lb nothern with this light tackle. That was a hoot. Took me a long time to get it in, but it was worth it. That's the one in my signature smile smiley

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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 09:25 AM 08/15/08 (CST)
Hey Mineral Man,

There is an old "classic" fishing book that arrived at some interesting conclusions along the same lines as you.

Fishing Facts magazine editor Carl Malz published a book entitled Lunkers Love Nightcrawlers many years ago. It dealt with how to raise the largest and most active, perhaps "wiggliness factor" would suffice, worms and crawlers possible. He claims they had one that could jump ..with accompanying photos no less! Anyway,it also had solid sections on structure, etc. However, perhaps one of the key thoughts was in how to constantly present a crawler or worm in the most natural way possible...which would of course be with the smallest possible hook you can get by with and nothing else.

Your observation of the larger fish being drawn to that presentation was the same conclusion they had reached. They theorized that the larger fish, while not "smarter" actually did posses greater God given survival instints. They were simply more cautious and avoided things that did not appear totally "natural". Anything unnatural would set off the instinctual alarm bells and they avoided the offering. This enabled them to grow much larger even though they were seeing perhaps the same amount of baits as their smaller cousins who ended up in the bottom of a frying pan!

A great "classic" fishing book that would be a nice addition to a fishermans library. However, while obtaining a picture to post here I saw that even used copies are going for $24.67 and up...hmmm. This book is a paperback of maybe 100 or so pages...must be lots of demand for a now out of print book I guess. I think I may need to dig my copy out of some idea which boxes to start looking in though.

Anyway Mineral Man..I thought you might like to research the Lunkers Love Nightcrawlers book and see how they are generally saying the same thing as you and giving some background and ideas on why that is so, as well as techniques to take advantage of it.

Here is a link to a copy of the book ....

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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 11:09 AM 08/15/08 (CST)
I will have to stow this little nugget of info and pull it out next time I am on the water.

Sure makes sense.

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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 12:16 PM 08/15/08 (CST)

That's interesting. I was pretty sure I hadn't come up with anything new, but I never see anglers fishing that way.

I'll look into the book. It's a little spendy to add to my library, but I think I'll see if I can scare up a library copy somewhere.

Fly fishermen, when nobody's looking, have been known to drift a worm on a bare hook down the river. They won't admit it smile smiley , but after a long day with no fish, it just gets too tempting, and it's deadly.


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