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Updated: 12/07/2017 08:30:00AM

How to be smarter than a fish

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By Capt. Van Hubbard

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We are always trying to figure out the fish. We tend to overthink what they want. Fish want food, a quiet safe place to hang and to replace themselves. Keep it simple — and remember fish don’t think, they react.

Consider what motivates them; things like food, fear and temperature changes. Safe, food-rich habitats create fish concentrations. Consider, specifically, what type of habitats your target species lives and feed in. Remember that currents are constantly moving staging and feeding areas. Predator fish look for places they can sit with minimum effort waiting to ambush food. Always take time to observe any baitfish concentrations for striking fish. Birds can lead you to fish activity. Screaming gulls and terns are a sure sign of baitfish with feeding activity beneath them. White pelicans or egrets can show you bait-rich areas to try as the tide floods in.

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