Hi AMFisHers! This weeks AMFisH(LEARN more here: www.amfish.ca) fishing vlog is about learning fish feeding habits from looking at a fishes eyes once you have caught it.
What can a fishes eyes tell you? Well for any of your fellow AMFisHers who may not know a fishes eyes can actually tell you where they are located in the water column and why they hit a bait your were using. When you catch a fish, hold it horizontally and take a close look at where it’s eyes are pointing and sitting. Fish in many cases will always keep an eye on where the schools of bait fish are, for example if a school of largemouth bass are two feet off the bottom of the lake in 10ft of water they are most likely looking up towards schools of bait fish hanging out in the same area.
So with the example above if you were to catch one of those bass and examine it’s eyes once you bring the fish in, the eyes should be pointing upwards. A fishes eyes will actually remain in that position for several minutes, as they were locked in on bait fish they wanted to keep and eye on. How can this help you? Well let’s say you are using your favorite spinnerbait and fishing it in 8ft of water with the bait running about 3ft deep and a fish strikes, once you look at it’s eyes it will tell you where the fish came from. If the eyes are facing upwards the fish came up at the bait from below it, if the fishes are are towards the front of it’s head the fish was chasing the bait from behind it in the same water column and if a fishes eyes are facing downwards then the fish struck the bait from the top.
This is great information for us as it quickly confirms where the fish are holding, with the example above any fish that had eyes pointing upwards was in 3ft or deeper water, any fishes eyes that were pointing downwards was in 3ft or less down from the surface and any fishes eyes that were towards the front of the head was right in that 3ft deep water column. With this information you can continue catching fish with that same bait presentation until it stops working, then you start with either deeper or shallower baits to find what part of the water column the fish have moved to.
Fish usually tells us a lot about how they want to be caught, we just need to focus on what they are telling us. If you have been using a bait all day with no bites there is a reason for that, so don’t stick with one bait too long if it has not caught any fish. I usually give a bait a good 10 to 15 minutes, if there was zero interest I switch things up and start again. Focus on what the fish are telling you and you will start to catch more fish. Add in examining a fishes eyes once you catch it and you will increase your odds even further.
Hope you found this vlog helpful!
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