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Instinct vs. Memory

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#16
Hi All

I had a similar experience to plasticman, a friend and I were pitching junebug lizzards with great effect so much so the we were into a frenzy of feeding bass, I had caught about 3-4 on the same set up with out retying :blue-redface: :blue-redface: and then the obvious happend tap tap ....STRIKE and nothing except (&%#$%& and so I resolved to retying like I should of done and retied the exact same bait, we drifted about 15-20 meters past the "Lost" fish and on our return I would say at a guess not more than 20 minitues, Tap Tap and Fish on, about 1,5-1,8kg largie and both sets of rig were still prelevant :blue-lol: :blue-rolleyes: :blue-biggrin: except the small texas sinker...

One bass 2 JB Lizzards 2 hooks all in 20-25 min ??? :blue-biggrin: :blue-biggrin:

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#17
Instinct is definitely the winner in my opinion.

I heard a story from a previous member that he was fishing a frog when he wasnt really paying attention a bass smashed the frog and pulled the rod out of his hands and into the water. He immediately grabbed his crank rod with the hope of snagging the rod when low and behold his crank was smashed by the same fish with frog in mouth and rod in tow ----- that all in a matter of minutes.
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#18
Nah boet, serious.........
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#19
Not bass related but reminds me of the time I was `pap going' at the Vaal river when I hooked an old rod...cleaned it up and reeled its line in...and on the end of that line was a mudfish!! He was very pap but eventually got going again. So I caught a fish with my rod on another rod?! :blue-confused: :blue-lol:
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#20
Heejo, those mushrooms are distributed all along the coast, from Cape Town to Durban.....I want, I want!
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riprap Wrote:Heejo, those mushrooms are distributed all along the coast, from Cape Town to Durban.....I want, I want!

:blue-lol: :blue-lol: :blue-lol:
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#22
I think even within populations of bass we have some smarter than others, that's genetic diversity.
Look at Florida's and how fussy these things are sometimes - if it doesn't look right, move right, smell right etc they won't eat it let alone taste it whilst their Northern cousins appear to be dummer and can be tricked easier????

Bass do have a memory, that's for sure and research seems to suggest that this memory can overide instinct and hunger pains!
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riprap Wrote:I think even within populations of bass we have some smarter than others, that's genetic diversity.
Look at Florida's and how fussy these things are sometimes - if it doesn't look right, move right, smell right etc they won't eat it let alone taste it whilst their Northern cousins appear to be dummer and can be tricked easier????

Bass do have a memory, that's for sure and research seems to suggest that this memory can overide instinct and hunger pains!

Well hopefully they remember we released them last time so they bite again! :blue-biggrin:
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#24
Hey guys.... I've had 2 instances where we (myself and boat partner on the day) hooked the same fish minutes apart... Both at Inanda...

First was fishing with Roy on one of the first BFSA tours.... Venties Point, I was using a 6" dead ringer mojo rigged.... felt the tap tap and set the hook annnndd...snap!!! (&%#$%^&*^%%&!!!!!!!!!!!! Roy was fishing the grass on the opposite bank and tap tap.... Fish-on... He retrieved the bugger with my dead ringer still in his mouth!!

Second, I was fishing the point in Donkey Bay with my buddy Peeps. Early morning, Peeps was throwing a Zara Spook and I was throwing a ribbit frog. He was chugging his surface lure when bang, fish-on and fish-off... Choice words followed with the realisation the Zara Spook was AWOL.... Literally seconds later, on my next cast, i got smacked by the same fooshie with the spook still in its mouth...

In the first instance, we were using the same lures.... Not so much in the second instance...

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#25
And who said bass is dumb FAB'S bass knew he had a treble hook stuck and knew that if he takes another lure they will take both out and release him i say this was one clever bass :blue-lol: :blue-lol: :blue-lol: :blue-lol: :blue-lol:
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#26
What makes this even more interesting is that a Bass' eyesight (all the visual receptors) improves with age, unlike some of the old f#rts on this site, and this coupled with the ability to memorise logically results in older WISER fish being more difficult to fool! Reaction bites are just that, reaction, same as if you were klapped on the back of the head unawares.....
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Fab Wrote:Hey guys.... I've had 2 instances where we (myself and boat partner on the day) hooked the same fish minutes apart... Both at Inanda...

First was fishing with Roy on one of the first BFSA tours.... Venties Point, I was using a 6" dead ringer mojo rigged.... felt the tap tap and set the hook annnndd...snap!!! (&%#$%^&*^%%&!!!!!!!!!!!! Roy was fishing the grass on the opposite bank and tap tap.... Fish-on... He retrieved the bugger with my dead ringer still in his mouth!!

Second, I was fishing the point in Donkey Bay with my buddy Peeps. Early morning, Peeps was throwing a Zara Spook and I was throwing a ribbit frog. He was chugging his surface lure when bang, fish-on and fish-off... Choice words followed with the realisation the Zara Spook was AWOL.... Literally seconds later, on my next cast, i got smacked by the same fooshie with the spook still in its mouth...

In the first instance, we were using the same lures.... Not so much in the second instance...

Wink :blue-wink:

I think in a lot of instances the fish don't realise they are hooked. Both instances above sounds like the lines basically snapped on the hit?!? When bass (or any other fish) chow smaller fish they surely must get dorsal fins sticking them in the mouth?? These dorsal fins will hurt just as much as a hook. I think they only realise they are hooked when you start to reel them in.
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