By Lawrence Gunther
July 30, 2013
You’re probably wondering what you can learn about how fish use sight from someone who has none. Let’s just say that as North America’s only totally blind professional fisher, understanding how well fish see is a subject of particular interest. So read on, you may just find the following “opens your eyes” to an entirely new way of thinking about sight.
The saying that lure manufacturers are first and foremost interested in triggering “strikes” from fishers is only partially true. Legitimate bait manufacturers understand crafting baits capable of mimicking the profile, action and sound of live bait comes first. Once achieved, attention is then paid to developing the various colour schemes to replicate forage (match the hatch) found in marine ecosystems throughout the world. Sure, there are lures out there that are crude replicates of proven fish catching baits, but don’t blame the legitimate manufacturers if you end up buying all 16 colour options of the same lure, or select from the bargain bin a handful of lures with colours that have little resemblance to your local forage. And then there are the life-like artistic masterpieces for use in gin clear water with prices that weren’t meant for the faint of heart.