Shimano Penn

Posted in Penn Fishing Gear by Penn Fishing Gear on October 30, 2011

Shimano Penn

Match The Hatch

Imagine fishing at the mouth of a tidal river for striped bass. If it has been a great season, chances are you catching stripers of up to 25 pounds in shallow water using little more than an artificial lure. Then stop and think what happens if someone flips a switch and the fish suddenly disappear.


Then you notice that as the waters become more transparent you see fish moving along in small groups. It seems that no matter how hard you work to catch a fish, they refuse to take a second look at anything you offer them. You start to wonder what it is that they are seeing that you cannot see.


As it turned out, this was persuasively what was happening. I tried and tried, and after landing a small specimen I discovered it had been feeding on tiny translucent crabs. I found this out after a coughed up his breakfast on the deck of the boat and his secret was out. This was definitely a case that unless you wanted to go home fishless you would have to use the smallest presentation lure possible.


This is one of those cases where if you are interested in catching anything at all, you definitely need to "match the hatch". This is a fairly common term used in the fly fishing world. The overall theory is if you want fish to bite, you need to find bait that is similar to what they are going after. This is pretty common, for example proud will almost always ignore something that does not mimic the current insect hatch. It is even true with saltwater species; they focus in on a certain size and type of bait and turn their nose up at anything else.


In shallow waters like salt ponds and estuaries, this is pretty common. For example, assume the worm hatch occurs in many of these small ponds. The fish that inhabit these areas tend to only go after bait that is similar. Fly fishermen are very adept at handling this type of change. They are able to take tiny worm imitations that are typically 2 to 3 inches long and not have a problem. However, spinning anglers have a little bit more difficulty. They not only have to worry about scaling down below, but also their tackle.


10 pound test braid line and a medium action spinning rod will allow you to use these smaller offerings and still allow you to catch a fairly large fish.The Lunker City Slug-O usually the 3” size, preferably rigged with an offset worm is a fairly good substitute. You will have to experiment with bold colors and sizes to find out which ones will work best.


Long known as one of the least discriminatory fishes in the ocean, the bluefish will from time to time focus on tiny baitfish and regardless of what you offer them, they simply refused to strike. This is especially common is the season grows longer and the baitfish invade the shallow waters. Fishermen will find the tackle box stocked with small spoons and soft plastics allow them to still have a great fishing day. The secret to this is to keep an eye on what the fish coughed up on the boat deck. That will help you determine what size, shape, and color they are really after.


The situations are not unique, and nearly every saltwater angler will run into them at one time or another. For whatever reason, fish will be particular at times however, are prepared fishermen will likely have the resources to still get the job done. These fishermen will almost always have the tools on hand to effectively "match the hatch".


When you are out saltwater fishing it is important to make sure you have the right supplies. Some of the most popular brands include Shimano Saltwater Reels, Penn Reels, and Daiwa Reels. 

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