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Just thought it would be interesting to hear what "fishing myths" you guys have debunked. (I'm actually bored as heck at work... I work maintenance, had back surgery, and am now on a 10lb restriction....)

 

Simple example would be a recently hooked fish or broken off fish won't eat again for a few days. I'm sure a lot of us have proven this wrong several times. 

 

What do you guys have?

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There is only one I can remember for sure off the top of my head. Me and a couple of buddies were fishing this public park pond next to our neighborhood and he hooked into a decent 3 pounder bass. Right after he released it into the water it grabbed onto my lure. It was real funny, I was using the exact same lure which was a spinner. That bass must enjoy em or something.

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Fish won't bite well three days before and three days after a full moon, Don't believe that one. Also that if the wind is blowing east the fish bite the least...

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Fish won't bite well three days before and three days after a full moon,

 

See I had always been told the other way around. Fish bite gets good around full moon and aroun new moon. Funny how the myths grow legs lol

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As a kid I heard, "fish won't bite in cold weather".

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Myth....widely held but false belief in a idea, legend, folklore or superstition.

If we debunk all bass fishing myths there will be nothing to discuss. Very little facts in bass fishing can be scientifically proven or widely accepted.

Just take The 6 above posts are up for debate, not widely accepted as myths.

Tom

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I've sen enough bass caught through the ice to know they don't "hibernate" or go inactive in the dead of winter.

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I have debunked a few to my satisfaction.

Lure scents, lure colors, and fishing line visibility.

What's the deal with the wacky-wacky rig then if color doesn't matter???

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One that I heard a lot growing up was that jigs only work in the winter.

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Myth, Internet experts are real experts?  Just because a guy makes a lot of posts and loves to use key words like location, structure, and patterns does not mean the guy is legit. Every message board has one or a couple of these guys and usually a lot of members buy into it and praise them for there knowledge . These guys love to recycle info that they have read in some fishing magazine to try and make themselves sound like great and knowledgeable fisherman. No pictures, no video, no real info = internet expert.

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What "deal" are you referring to?

The little black strip in the trick worm that I assume was done with mend-it. I was under the impression  you were saying color doesn't matter, meaning it wouldn't be necessary, but I could be wrong. 

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The little black strip in the trick worm that I assume was done with mend-it. I was under the impression  you were saying color doesn't matter, meaning it wouldn't be necessary, but I could be wrong. 

The ONLY purpose of the black strip is to hold the hook eye inside the worm when working it through thick cover. It is 1/4" electrical heat shrink tubing. I don't chose that color, it is the only one readily available--I purchase it at Lowes in packages of 6. Bottom line is it has nothing to do with color, only function.

 

These are the components of the rig:

 

WackyDetail61-1.jpg

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Technique specific rods...

Sure certain tapers help but my god what did people do back in the days before technique specific rods lol

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The ONLY purpose of the black strip is to hold the hook eye inside the worm when working it through thick cover. It is 1/4" electrical heat shrink tubing. I don't chose that color, it is the only one readily available--I purchase it at Lowes in packages of 6. Bottom line is it has nothing to do with color, only function.

That makes a whole lot more sense haha, thanks!

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As a kid I was told you could only catch the big ones from a boat. Sure, a boat helps but it's not mandatory.

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All bass go deep in the winter.  The bass in my avatar was caught in two feet of water on a cold December day with water temps in the high 40's. Also using small lures for smallmouths is something I've found to not be true.

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Technique specific rods...

Sure certain tapers help but my god what did people do back in the days before technique specific rods lol

Totally agree. What technique was a zebco 33 and ugly stik? Haha

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Top water only works in the morning.

Frogs won't catch a fish in open water.

Mike

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Technique specific rods...

Sure certain tapers help but my god what did people do back in the days before technique specific rods lol

This technique means taking as much money out of your wallet as they can, and they are laughing all the way to the bank.....don't believe the hype!

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Giant Catfish in the rocks around dams.  Heard it too much for it to be a myth.  Probably why they don't let us fish next to the dams. ;)

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Giant Catfish in the rocks around dams. Heard it too much for it to be a myth. Probably why they don't let us fish next to the dams. ;)

I swear every lake I go to I hear about divers that saw catfish with heads the size of VW Bugs. Just makes me laugh at this point

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