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I have seen this phenominon as I call it on the creeks, I am not sure if it has to do with covering the human scent or materials. Maybe its why scents work so well I dont know. I just want to know if anyone else has ever experienced this.

 

I will work a bait, it wont be producing fish(first noticed this in flies, I KNEW were the only ones hatching). Once I catch that first fish and get some of that fish smell from their slime on the bait, that bait turns on fire.

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I don't know if it has to do with scent or not, but I'm not expert. I thought it had to do with them seeing another fish hitting something and it causing a commotion in the water that gets them "stirred up" so to speak. Then they want in on that action. Again though, no expert.

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Haven't noticed that specifically, but i like to think that whatever scent of mine that had been on the bait would be covered once i caught a fish. But I've never noticed a real difference.

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I remember witnessing this phenomena as a kid bobber fishing for bluegill.  The first one was always the hardest to catch, but then afterwards, you could throw a bare hook in the water and get bit.  Most of the time, I would say it's less of a phenomena and more of a feeding frenzy!  I wouldn't be surprised, however, if scent had a tiny bit to do with it.

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I haven't really noticed that but its interesting to think about.

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I have had bass try to take a bait away from another bass that was hooked up!

 

last year I was working a tube down a rocky shoreline when a 3.8# largemouth hammered my tube. as I got her to the boat another larger bass was all over the hooked fish trying to get the tube out of it's mouth!

 

I seen similar things with cobia in salt water.

 

what I have found over the years is if I know there are multiple bass in one spot and catch one of the school the chanced of me catching another one in that school are very high. once one eats I think it makes the ones around them want to get in on the action as well

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That's why I always feel like a scratched up crankbait catches more fish!

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catching fish from the same hole is just a feeding frenzy. Bass spit plays no role to my knowledgd

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The frenzy theory goes right out the window though when the bait isnt working, you start catching fish, move to a new location and catch fish immediately.

 

If it were just one single location, I could buy that also but ive seen this happen walking creeks where there is no way the fish on the next pool up stream know I got them going below.

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so conditions changed and the fish turned on and you found the right pattern. Don't know why you try to overlook your own skill and try to attribute success to luck or chance

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so conditions changed and the fish turned on and you found the right pattern. Don't know why you try to overlook your own skill and try to attribute success to luck or chance

 

I seen this happen the first time fly fishing. I would notice that when I would lose a fly due to 6x tippet that when I would put an identical fly on that I was just catching the fish on they would stop hitting it. The moment that I caught one fish on it, I would take my hand that I held the fish with, slide the flies across the slime, move up to the next hole and catch fish.

 

You guys might not think theres something too it, which I can understand, ive seen it happen enough times trout fishing that I personally believe there has to be merit to it with all types of fish. If it were just the conditions shifted, putting an identical bait to work after losing one would produce the same results. When it happened on the trout streams I was fishing flies that were not actively fished, they were dead drifted.

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It seems like fish turn on and off throughout the day. When you catch one you seem to catch more. Not sure if it's a scent thing or a feeding frenzy. I will spray with bang or rub a bait with megastrike after I catch a toothy critter to get the preditor scent off. Not sure if it's for the bass or me but I do it. If on a school of smouthmouth on a hump I will live well the bass until I am done. It seems like they shut off if let go right back into the school like they are warning the other fish somehow through pheromones or something.

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I've never caught a lot of fish before catching the first fish... 

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I've never caught a lot of fish before catching the first fish... 

 

LOL... aint that the truth

 

I appreciate the sarcasm but thats a little different

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I've caught more than one bass on a worm.  But, if I catch a mudfish (bowfin) I NEVER get a bass to hit that worm.  There has to be something to the scent or taste of fish snot.

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interesting theory. you should experiment and see if megastrike turns a lure on the same way as a landed fish.  or turning a rock over and rubbing some algae or real insect/crawl on the fly

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interesting theory. you should experiment and see if megastrike turns a lure on.  or turning a rock over and rubbing some algae or real insect/crawl on the flyIv

 

Ive never tried it but I have read ground up nightcrawlers are the best scent you can add to an artificial.

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I've seen fish on either side of a bass that I have hooked on a SB trying to grab it out of his mouth.

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Once I catch that first fish and get some of that fish smell from their slime on the bait, that bait turns on fire.

 

I don't believe this has anything to do with scent, but everything to do with a predator's competitive instinct.

This is also evidenced when several fish follow a hooked fish to the boat.

The competitive instinct plays out more dramatically in the ocean, where predatory schools of fish

get into a feeding frenzy called a 'blitz'. The brine is streaked with blood, bits and pieces of baitfish

float to the surface and the domino effect has screaming seagulls in a competition of their own. 

 

Roger

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