An element of my (Chester’s Moore’s) F.L.E.X. FIshing (R) system that will be detailed in further writing on specific species is eliminating what I call the “human factor”.
Big fish are super shy and tend to avoid anything that seems suspicious. In my quest to catch big bass in the field tests of F.L.E.X. I noticed that when using the live bait I was using, I would only catch the fish five pounds and larger in the private lake I was fishing if I threw it out, allowed a lot of slack in the line and let it sit there. The fish would gently tap the line and I would have to wait until it started running, still with lots of slack in the line and then reel it in to make a hookset.
That is with live bait and with lures it can be even more pronounced. I have gone to catching my very biggest trout in the fall months under birds by “dead sticking”, which is throwing out a soft plastic lure, letting it sit on the bottom and occasionally bumping it. The less I do, the more it seems the big fish feel safe striking.
Big fish want nothing to do with anything remotely human.
What is your experience with techniques like dead sticking?
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