You probably know the feeling when your line nudges slightly as Mr. Trout begins to nibble at your bait and the ‘ugh!’ when setting the hook and sensing nothing at the end of your line. Score: You – Zip / Mr. Trout + 1. Sometimes my whole day is all nibbles and skunkola, but at least I got some action. This happened yesterday at Santa Ana Rivers Lake with me and my friends. Here’s my thoughts on why:
- I used to think city trout were dumb, but actually there are very wary as there is tremendous fishing pressure at city lakes. So unlike those sierra trout that simply engulf the bait, these city slickers are more careful about what they bite on.
- If Mr. Trout feel the weight of the sinker or hook they will spit out the bait. Then how in the hell are we just supposed to catch them then!
- Mr. Trout thinking that smells and looks good, oh but wait that tastes like the powerbait that got me hooked last time. Blah. Spit. Gee, how many flavors and colors of bait in your tackle box?
- Trout can taste with their lips so they bump their food without actually putting it their little mouth. I guess they would be chewing on a bunch or rocks all day otherwise.
- “Drive-bys” as Cedric calls them. It’s when your line move against the trout’s body when it changed it’s mind and simply run past the line and pulls it along it’s body. Think of it like a ballistic submarine swimming right along your bait and imagine how loud the bell would ring when it slammed into your rod shattering it into a million pieces!
- Trout quickly learn from their own mistakes and by observing other fish being taken. So when they nibble on the bait they may get the ‘uh oh, I remember that one’ and immediately spit it out. Ok, can’t blame them for that one.
I have come to the conclusion that I am most creative in explaining why I’m not catching fish as it obviously can’t be me. Or it’s corollary, which is I’m the most brilliant clever fisherman when I’m catching!
What do you think?