Precision?

Daniel C. Nielsen   Friday, February 04, 2005 9:03 PM

One of the more popular terms used in walleye fishing information today is the word precision. The word, in and by itself, portrays cutting edge and forward thinking terminology. However, it is an ambiguous term, because precision itself should be based on fish behavior and activity...

Very actively feeding fish do not require precision presentations nearly so precise as neutral or negative fish. These fish tell the thinking angler that they are aggressive, actively looking and ambushing prey and are quite responsive to a variety of presentations.Neutral fish are not so willing and require more precise presentations. This usually entails presenting your offering at the correct depth and speed. The more negative a fish becomes, the more precise the presentation has to be. Little things like lure color, size, overall profile, etc, become even more important.But part of precision involves the fishes strike window and strike zone.

A strike window is the fishes overall perception in its environment. Factors that influence the strike window are water clarity, and sun visbility. A strike zone, on the other hand is an area extending from the fish out to a point that a fish is willing to strike at or chase to hit a presentation. Factors that influence a strike zone are water temperature, and general fish mood. Hunger is a factor that is influenced in part by water temp and available forage.Precision is such an important and integral part of the fishing process, that the perception of precision is almost always lost to most anglers.

It is such a huge concept that it baffles the imagination. Fish relate to structure, and once again, their mood helps determine their positioning on the available structure. If they are suspending high above the structure, they will be more apt to chase a faster moving presentation than a fish lying on the bottom of the same structure. I use the general rule that the closer a fish is to the bottom of available structure, the more precise the presentation has to be. Another axiom to that rule is that the closer the fish are to the bottom, the more prone I am to using slower livebait tactics to induce strike response.

Colder water temperatures or periods after cold fronts demand precision tactics. Periods such as these offer little leeway in terms of loose presentation. Your presentation has to right and right on the mark to get these fish to bite. Walleyes can be downright finicky.We are heading into periods where the temperature of the water will begin to decrease, walleye activity will increase, but the bites can be downright frustrating. Precision tactics will play a major part in determing an anglers success or failure. Put precision in your agenda your next outing and make success yours

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re: Yesterday I took my
11/26/2015 9:18:05 AM  Martin says,

Yesterday I took my tenkara rod (12ft) with some 2 lb mono a 2 4 pole float a size 18 hook to 1lb nylon which is 0.008mm and some paste made to a Japanese reipce and tried my luck in an old silted up canal. What fun for a morning, I fished in amongst the reeds and rush beds and caught 3 Inanga ( a small native fish) and 5 small rudd all under 4 inches on a classic autumn morning. I also saw Canada geese flighting in from the high country for their winter by the sea and my second cattle egret ever. All so very different from my usual trout fly fishing.RECIPE for PASTE1 tea spoon std white flour1 tea spoon gluten flour4 drops of cod liver oilBoiling waterMethod: Mix dry ingredients, add oil and mix in. Now add the boiling water to make a smooth dough. Cool and use. The paste will be very elastic and stays on the hook for ages. I guess that this reipce would last a full day with wheat grain size baits.

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