- Mon Nov 30, 2020 5:36 am
I’ve decided that some of the best lures or flies tend to be approximations of something or more than one something good to eat, sort of chameleons that go in different directions depending on how the fisherman work it. There’s 15 thousand types of soft plastic paddle/rat tails when you consider all the various color and tail combinations. I do think some tail configurations can be better than others some days, maybe based on what the fish are feeding on.
I’ve looked into a lot of fish’s stomachs and there’s generally a mix of prey in there. Sometimes, there’s a mix of shrimp and finfish, maybe a few shrimp and then a 4” mullet or crab parts and a blenny, or some shad along with a mullet or two. There’s been strange looking fish like the blenny and others like mud minnows, maybe something eel like.
To me that suggests fish are opportunistic and may just decide to shoot first and ask questions later when they decide to eat something. It moves like prey, it’s going to fit in my mouth, it’s not going to attack or eat me, I’m faster than it, let’s eat it, dad gum it, I’m hungry!
Does a DSL paddle tail really look identical to any living fish? Or a gold spoon? I think they can suggest different prey based on how they are movedor fished and that’s good enough to get some of the fish some of the time.