Stealth is often an essential component to a successful fishing trip, especially on a boat. Â When we think we are near the fish, we shut off the gas motor, lower the electric trolling motor, and speak in hushed tones. I have even read where professional bass fishermen may keep their electric trolling motor on because they believe turning it off and on, alerts fish more than a steady, constant hum. Â I recall how a rattling crank bait lure, still 20 feet away and submerged six feet deep, sounded like a rattlesnake under the seat of an aluminum V-hull river boat which acted like a loudspeaker. Therefore, dropping long-nosed pliers on the bottom of my little jonboat canâ€™t be helping things.
However, not ALL noise is bad.
Some noises actually can draw the interest of hungry fish. Â Keith Sutton wrote in his book, â€śOut There Fishingâ€ť that piranhas are attracted to splashing, â€ślike iron filings to a magnet.â€ť I have read where anglers on lakes in Mexico also splash the water with their hands to fire up bass. On an episode of â€śHookinâ€™ Up with Mariko Izumi,â€ť a chartered captain thumped a pool cue on the bottom hull of his boat to bring up large striped bass from the depths.
Now, Iâ€™m reading about this Hydro Wave device, used by Bassmaster Elite Pros Kevin VanDam and Jeff Kriet. Â According to the website information, a setting such as â€śbait panicâ€ť can be like ringing a â€śdinner bell.â€ť (How about a trolling motor that also makes the sound of fleeing shad?) Â I have yet to try this gadget but know, for example, if you catch enough splashing, frenetic bluegill in one spot, eventually a large bass or pike will come over to investigate.
I look forward to discovering if the fish-attracting power of this device is enough to overcome kids clunking around in a boat, accidentally dumping tackle boxes, and squabbling over the last bag of Cheetos.