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The Secret Bait

March 7, 2016
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By Chris Bates

After receiving numerous e mails from many readers on the “secret spot” article I only feel it right I write about the ‘secret bait” which is again an angler’s private trade.

How many times have you been to your favorite fishing hole or stream only to find every body else catching fish, but as hard as you try you catch nothing, you are constantly switching up baits but it is to no avail.

And you know you’re not going to get any help from the guy down the bank.

This is another part of angling world I will never understand, why not share the secret, as there are plenty of fish to go around.

So is there really a secret bait? I personally don’t think so, although there are times where I may want to think there is.

Most anglers will know what the fish will be eating during the course of the soft water season on there favorite body of water, you know the “match the hatch “ concept here in the Southern Green Moutains.

And the angler will show up with a multitude of live bait as well as artificial bait.

So the “secret bait” is really the “secret presentation” and that’s what the angler will not give up. Wether it’s a red wiggler on a split shot and a hook or a number 1 sized spinner with a treble hook , one of them will catch fish, and when they do it’s tight lipped all the way.

Heck, I have seen anglers reel in fish so fast as to make it look like there re-baiting there hook should there be other anglers in the area, and if you’re walking the banks and you ask a fellow angler “how’s the fishing” the common response is “pretty slow” as you look into the water you see the stringer full of fish.

The fishing community has there own set of rules very similar to the magicians guild not giving up any trade secrets and with there battle cry heard loud and clear “Were Not Telling” should make for another great angling season of figuring out what to use here in the Northeast .

Chris Bates & Stephanie Calabro host “Outdoor Secrets Unwrapped” daily on CAT-TV , www.Thehuntingchannelonline.com Chris Bates can be reached at www.chrisbates227@msn.com as well, as on facebook https://www.facebook.com/OutdoorSecretsUnwrapped

Chris Bates is also a trout guide in the Southern Green Muntains of Vermont

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Chris Bates began his career as an outdoor enthusiast in 1980- 19 yr old Water-Fowler,and as time went on, Chris picked up the art of water fowl calling and his 12 gauge shotgun then in 1983, Chris purchased his first gun dog, a German Shorthaired Pointer. Chris learned to train upland bird dogs in the fine art of pointing. From that day on Chris never looked back. Chris's dogs have won numerous championships as well as some AKC honers. It was in 1985 when Chris opened his game farm/hunt club, and Chris became (at the time) the largest breeder of Bobwhite Quail in Northern Illinois, as well as Chukar partridge and wild turkey. Chris entered the world of Professional hunting in 1989- and was subsequently named 1989 winner of the Pheasant Championships with his German Shorthaired Pointer "Painter" Chris has finished in the top 10 in the 20 yrs that he competed with his dogs. With years of outdoor experience, including hunting and fishing, Chris began a media career that would take him to new heights, in 1990, Chris began doing fill in work for other accomplished broadcasters in the outdoor radio industry. from 2006-2008 Chris was a featured columnist for the Quad City Times and more recently a columnist for the Bennington Banner 2015 When Chris began his program "Hunting the Midwest" now known as Outdoor Secrets Unwrapped 26 yrs ago it wasn't long before he began changing the way outdoor programs were done. Chris Made it his mission to broadcast to the avid sportsman, but also to women and novices. That enthusiasm is evident, as Chris and Stephanie continue to tour the Northeast conducting and hosting Outdoor Secrets Unwrapped on station through out the Northeast. https://www.facebook.com/OutdoorSecretsUnwrapped/