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Bass see lures at night????

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So i went fishing around 7 today with a buddy of mine by my house pond. i was fishing a senko and thought do these fish bite b/c of the smell or b/c they see the lure even at night. kinda confused. plz help me out.

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yes,...and yes,...but the most effective tool a bass uses to find food is it's "lateral line".

In fish, the lateral line is a sense organ used to detect movement and vibration in the surrounding water. Lateral lines are usually visible as faint lines running lengthwise down each side, from the vicinity of the gill covers to the base of the tail. Sometimes parts of the lateral organ are modified into electroreceptors, organs used to detect electrical impulses. It is possible that vertebrates such as sharks can use these organs to detect magnetic fields as well. Most amphibian larvae and some adults still have a lateral organ.

The receptors in the line, known as neuromasts, each consist of a group of hair cells, whose hairs are surrounded by a protruding jelly-like cupula, typically 1/10 to 1/5 mm long. The neuromasts are usually at the bottom of a pit or groove, which is large enough to be visible. Teleosts and elasmobranchs usually have lateral-line canals, in which the neuromasts are not directly exposed to the environment, but communicate with it via canal pores. Additional neuromasts may appear individually at various locations on the body surface.

The hair cells in the lateral line are similar to the hair cells inside the vertebrate inner ear, indicating that the lateral line and the inner ear share a common origin.

The development of the lateral-line system depends on the fish's mode of life. For instance, active swimming types tend to have more neuromasts in canals than on the surface, and the line will be further away from pectoral fins, presumably to reduce the "noise" generated by fin motion.

Uses of the lateral-line system include collision avoidance, orientation relative to water currents, and predation. For instance, blind cavefish have rows of neuromasts on their heads, which could be used precisely to locate food without the use of sight, and killifish can sense ripples caused by insects struggling on the surface of the water. Experiments with pollack have shown that the lateral line is also a key enabler for schooling behavior.

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orientation relative to water currents

Do you think they know their position relative to their "lake"?? I wonder if the pond bass understand they are trapped in a little puddle  ;D

Just my curiosity.

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Laggyman,

Bass don't "think". One big difference about pond bass is that they can be found anywhere. They have to move around the pond to find baitfish rather than waiting on a meal to come to them. The options are just more limited which changes their predatory pattern significantly. In lakes and rivers, cover and structure hold fish, pond bass can be found throughout the smaller body of water.

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Hmm.. come to think of it... That's true.

Thank god the Bass are drivnn by instinct and don't think. I'd hate to see a bass shout "dummy" and fling a plastic back at me :P

Does the laterel line have anything to do with lighter shades of body color? Or is that just the Bass way for camoflauge?

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I'd hate to see a bass shout "dummy" and fling a plastic back at me :P

Oh, just wait... it happens! It's usually a big fish and she'll smile as she surfaces & spits the bait back at you! ;)

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Short answer: bass can see with thier eyes closed.

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Short answer: bass can see with thier eyes closed.

Yea,...that's what I meant,lol.

Lateral line has nothing to do with coloration.  These are groups of nerve endings in a row, nothing more.

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I'd hate to see a bass shout "dummy" and fling a plastic back at me :P

Oh, just wait... it happens! It's usually a big fish and she'll smile as she surfaces & spits the bait back at you! ;)

Except it probably will not be a plastic, but a hard little missile with a couple of sets of Treble hooks coming directly at your face. ;)

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LBH that is very interesting, just wish I knew what some of them BIG words meant(scratching my head thinking HUH),  I like Rattle Traps for that very reason.

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The hair cells in the lateral line are similar to the hair cells inside the vertebrate inner ear, indicating that the lateral line and the inner ear share a common origin.

I think that's pretty cool.

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oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh Russ,

Talk that talk young man.

The hairs in my inner ear are tingling with excitement  

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