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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 firstname.lastname@example.org as well, as on facebook https://www.facebook.com/OutdoorSecretsUnwrapped
Chris Bates is also a trout guide in the Southern Green Muntains of Vermont