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Serpentine swimming motion
May 11, 2015
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Among other character flaws I'm a research report geek. Read a document today outlining a project studying lateral line responses. Without going into the detailed methodology or that stuff , I found it interesting the the exaggerated serpentine [or snaking] swimming motion is used to increase lateral line input. Determine prey range ,speed , all that good stuff. Explains that behavior we see when muskies are tracking and closing on a topwater. Won't help you catch more but now you know why they don't just rush in a straight line. Not to avoid a bubble trail as many used to mention.

Let 'em go .   RIP Jack  Burns

May 11, 2015
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Interesting find, I guess that kinda explains the "S" motion before strikes. >-)))))))))))))'>

~Figure 8 Em'~ >{{{{{{{{{}'>

May 11, 2015
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....and maybe by extending the process why the "low and slow" follows seldom convert. Maybe 🙂 Or maybe they just feel like it !
Got to admit not much gets me hyped up like that snaking wake behind a topwater !

Let 'em go .   RIP Jack  Burns

May 11, 2015
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8) I had one snake out real slowly from under a tree after a manta Sat. Only came about 1/2 way to boat and turned. It was a nice fish and looked very cool snaking.

May 11, 2015
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Nice

~Figure 8 Em'~ >{{{{{{{{{}'>

May 11, 2015
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;D ;D ;D Wrong color Manta or it could have homed in on it ! Or something like that. 🙂 Does present food for thought on how the deal might have been closed.

Let 'em go .   RIP Jack  Burns

May 11, 2015
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avoiding the bubble trail... hahaha! one of the more effective techniques I've been told about for trolling a lake south of me is to troll in the prop wash about 20ft behind the boat. Now the idea of why they slither when coming in on a bait is very interesting!!! I would love to hear more on that report!

May 11, 2015
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20ft.See what happens when you try 5 ft! 😮

May 12, 2015
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;D is that talking from experience? because I could see that becoming a big mess in a couple different ways hahaha...

May 12, 2015
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Down rods are often run with just the trolling leader off the tip. It does require good rodholders and equipment. Seems most of the hits that close the musky comes straight up and jumps. [ maybe the bubbles confuse them ?]
Serious about the belief topwater bubble trails was the cause of missed strikes. Mark Windels wrote about it often back in the 80s.

Let 'em go .   RIP Jack  Burns

May 12, 2015
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No more of a mess then a figure eight fish.And just as exciting.You here the drag rip,look back and see a big fish{hopefully}with your lure in its mouth right behind the boat!Chinese fire drill start.

May 12, 2015
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Ohhh ok right! Haha

May 12, 2015
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I've caught fish trolling 5' behind the boat on my down rods as fast as 5.5mph and they hammer it!!

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May 13, 2015
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I've never thought of trolling that close to the boat only because of the possibility of the line or fish getting tangled up in the prop somehow, I don't get the chance to troll much....

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