Different conditions on the water dictate different presentations. For example, if the water is colder, fish tend to be lethargic. A slower, more finessed presentation tends to be more effective under these conditions. It’s summer now, though, and fish are more active. A finessed presentation can still be effective and I think many anglers can become complacent. Just because you’re catching fish doesn’t mean there isn’t something better out there. A change in presentation and change in attitude may be just the thing to go from catching dinks to catching monsters.
This article outlines from Outdoor News outlines what it means to be aggressive.
It means that if you tip-toe around with your presentation, you encourage fish to tip-toe up to it to begin inspecting it. If, on the other hand, you create erratic vulnerability into your presentation, you tend to encourage fish to hammer it.
Not a new idea. Buck Perry was talking about speed trolling to encourage reaction strikes a million years ago. Yet many impressive catches have been made using finesse presentations, with both live bait and artificials. Many anglers default to slow enticement, especially after a cold front passes, throughout the summer months.
But when you’re after true predator fish (“fish that eat each other,” as Larry Dahlberg puts it), consider the triggers and how effective speed can be.
Photos: Ontario Tourism (top); Outdoor News (above)