In an angler’s continuing quest to “think like a fish,” we carefully examine lures at the tackle shop. They get held up to the light, shaken, and wiggled. And if it passes this rigorous testing and is purchased, we will watch it closely when reeled in. Wave action, aquatic vegetation, and turbidity can interfere with observation of lure motion.
One way around this is a “Lure Testing Facility,” which for many anglers is a swimming pool. With unmatched water clarity, lure motion can be analyzed, even up close.
“I’ve even sat on the bottom and had my wife cast so I could hear it underwater,” shared Elite Bassmaster Pro Gerald Swindle. I saw a video where fellow Bassmaster Pro Mark Menendez was able to show his twin fluke lure set up utilizing a facilities’ pool.
The addition of a split-ring, small piece of split shot, or altered hook sizes can affect the motion of a lure and sinking rate. Sometimes a subtle change like this can help trigger a strike when other lures are ignored.
A Lure Testing Facility also can help kids understand how to work a lure. Just wait until the “cannon balls” have stopped.
Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad living in Oklahoma. Visit him at www.justkeepreeling.com.