Children Love The Bright Colors Available On The Spinning Grub

By Gregory Thomas

Anyone who ever played hooky from school in order to spend a day at the lake remembers the time taken to dig up worms. This was not always possible to do on the day prior to a fishing trip because, if you were skipping school to do it, your parents just might ask about the bucket of nightcrawlers in your room. Many people would make their own lures from colorful string known as jigs, but these days kids can buy a spinning grub from their local retailer.

Utilizing colorful materials is key to attracting the attention of the quarry. The jigs made from sewing thread and a hook were done in brilliant hues that can be easily seen from under the water. If a tail was included on the jib, then the lure would wobble just slightly from left to right as the angler slowly winds in the reel.

Injuries to those who live in lakes and streams basically rings the dinner bell for their neighbors. When water is displaced, this can be felt by fish or other animals who are close enough to sense the displacement, but too far to actually see the fish who are swimming near them. The bodies of many lake animals are stream-lined to lessen water displacement around them so they cannot be noticed by other fish.

Modern versions of these jigs work much the same way, only now we call them grubs. They have a longer and more rounded tail, which allows for a much greater wobble action, tricking the denisons of this habitat into believing a much larger creature has been injured than what they will be biting into. Larger fish means more food for the angler and his or her family who await their catch of the day.

Such a perception from the fish works in the benefit of the angler who eats his catch. The larger the injured animal who is perceived to be swimming nearby, the larger the fish it will attract to it. Very small fish will tend to avoid something with such a large wobble because they know it is too big for them to successfully eat, and it could even be dangerous for them to approach it.

Within the dark waters of Planet Earth is a world where the larger creature is always after the smaller ones, for food. Every member of this society is a predator hunting, as well as potentially a prey to be eaten. As the saying goes, there is always a bigger fish.

Humans are merely tourists in this realm, and are basically the masters of their universe while they visit. Most lakes and rivers do not possess creatures large enough to eat human beings, although this generalization is not always true. There are some catfish and gar on record who have been large enough to kill and possibly eat humans, and the piranha in South America can collectively take down human beings.

The largest of lake predators can be fooled by the ingenuity of humans, however. Their world is a dark and perilous one, and one of those perils comes in the form of faux prey who idly float or swim by. Because fish cannot clearly see what they eat, human beings are able to trap them on hooks to be lifted from their realm and delivered to a dinner plate on the sandy beach nearby.

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