When you hear the term “Decoy,” you tend to think of hunting. Truth is, fishing IS hunting.
Most fish are naturally attracted to other similar fish. We call them schools of fish, or pods of fish (pretty basic knowledge, I know). Here is a common scenario: I am fishing for crappies, but I have nothing but a tiny jig and a tiny wax worm on my hook. If there are some crappies in the area, a crappie might come over to eat it, or it might swim by uninterested if it isn’t hungry. This happens more often than we think.
If I have another hole cut out with a rod next to me with a crappie minnow on a hook, lipless crankbait, or some other larger presentation decoy, that crappie now might visit out of curiousity, even if it isn’t hungry.
This is a fairly advanced technique/tip, but it isn’t so advanced if you break it down and think about what fish do from day to day. Next time you are out there and the fish don’t seem to be swimming under your whole. Rig up a second pole with a lipless crankbait and jig it vigorously every once in a while. You might be surprised how well it can work.
Good luck fish’n
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