Attracting Fish with Sight, Sound, and Smell: Failed Efforts in Lure Design

Albert Mack's attractant fish hook patent application image

Lures are funny things. In one sense, they’re the simplest device in the fishing process short of the sinker, the bobber, or your basic hook. But they also probably receive the most thought, planning, and design. It might not be too farfetched to say that more engineering and creative labor has gone into lure crafting than fish finders, pedal drives, or other fancy tech you see out on the water these days.

In a basic sense, lure design boils down to one goal: which one is going to hook the biggest/most fish.

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Time to Get Down with a Kayak Downrigger? Yes, Obviously

pedal kayak downrigger

Trolling isn’t just for Donald Trump on Twitter. It’ll put your mind at ease, pass some time, and put some fish on the table for dinner. Last week we wrote about getting out multiple lines behind your vessel with the use of planer boards. But sometimes, the fish you’re after don’t like to swim near the surface. Sometimes you have to sink a line deep.

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Getting the Lead Out: Moving on from the Problematic Material

Lead sinkers like these split shot are pointlessly poisoning fish habitats

Since the dawn of time – or at least the beginning of recreational fishing – anglers have needed a way to add weight to their lines and lures. Lead quickly became the go-to choice for manufacturers, who molded the soft, gray metal into jig heads and spinnerbaits, as well as sinkers of all shapes and sizes.

But a few decades ago, scientists started realizing that lead represented a serious risk to the health of people, wildlife and ecosystems. This spurred anglers and wildlife conservationists to seek out safer alternatives and to stop using lead whenever possible. Some places – including Canada, the United Kingdom and several US States – have enacted bans on lead fishing tackle.

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Bored on the Water? It’s Time to Get Your Bowfishing On

Fishing is classic. Humans have been doing it for millennia. Sure you might customize, reorganize, or self-aggrandize, but at the end of the day, you’re getting a fish to bite a hook and then you’re reeling it in. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it, right?

Well, the population of bowfishers might have something to say about that. Bowfishing is undoubtedly the heavy metal genre of the sport. Is it easy to catch a fish by hitting it with an arrow? No. Is it necessary? Definitely not. Is it downright epic? 100% yes.

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Shark Fear While Kayak Fishing? Zap It with an Electrical Field

Sharks. They’re scary. If you ask anyone who experienced peak childhood in the ‘70s what the scariest movie is, you’d think you’d hear lots of The Exorcist (1973) or The Shining (1980) or The Omen (1976). But for a lot of people, it’s ‘we’re going to need a bigger boat.’

It makes sense. Some animals are cute and cuddly. Some are stately. Others are the kind of creatures you’d want to take out for a beer. (We’re looking at you, flying squirrels.) But sharks simultaneously evoke the characteristics of stupidity and pure evil. They seem to be the figurative offspring of Martin Shkreli and the xenomorph from Alien.

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DIY Not? The Cheaper Side of Kayak Modifications

Pool noodle kayak mods - is there anything they can't do?

We’re not really sure what it is about the sport, or the personalities attracted to it, but it seems that you can more or less paint certain types of fishers with broad strokes. Noodlers don’t mind getting their hands dirty. The hardcore trollers will invest some effort if it means a hefty return. And the one thing that kayak anglers love more than fishing is modifying their boats.

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Fly Fishing from a Pedal Drive Kayak: Abomination or Wave of the Future?

With fly fishing comes a kind of singular purity, a devotion to tradition, and the pride of being set in your ways. It’s like telemark skiing, or distilling your own whiskey for fun—not out of necessity. Fly fishers don’t go out to catch a buzz; they catch fish (mainly because we’re still waiting on waders that come with cup holders). For this reason, there’s a good many fly fishers out there who consider casting a dry line off a pedal drive kayak to be nothing short of sacrilege.

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