He Talks To The Fishes   4 comments

Danenmueller/Rend Lake

Dan Danmueller prowls the cove at Rend Lake Resort talking to the fish.

The cove at Rend Lake Resort near Whittington, IL is alive with shad breaking the surface and then vanishing.  Dan Dannenmueller and I are trying to catch a few crappies and do an interview about the tactics and bait he uses as he competes as a professional angler.  The cove is alive with the shiny silver torpedoes skimming the still water.

Dan explains that gizzard shad, the dominant forage in this lake, produce sounds that attract crappies.  They make a clicking noise.  When they jump out of the water as these are doing, they make a different noise.  Predator fish to hone in on the shad’s location use the second noise.  It is different from the sound of something tossed into the water.

The sound emitted by shad is very quiet.  Biologists tell us they make the sound by releasing gas through the anal duct.

The inventor of the HydroWave (www.hydrowave.com) device developed it to imitate the sound of shad and stimulate predator fish to begin actively feeding.  Dan’s unit mounts in the bow of the boat next to his other electronics and trolling motor.  It is easy to reach while fishing.

Dannenmueller uses a HydroWave as a tool to catch more fish.  The key is to get them actively feeding by use of the frenzy shad setting.  Different settings produce different shad activity and the volume of the unit’s sound.  The production of natural sounds that bait fish make produces an instinctive response on the local predatory fish.  The predatory fish can hear the sounds and feel the vibrations of the sound waves.

When an angler uses the device it draws the fish in the direction of the origin of the sound.  At that point it is up to the angler to present the right lure or bait.

A first reaction might be that this is but another gimmick to catch more fishermen than fish.  But, anglers like Dannenmueller in the world of crappie competition and Kevin Van Dam from the ranks of professional bassers make effective use of this device.

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4 responses to “He Talks To The Fishes

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  1. I would love to try one of these out

  2. VRT is a vibration wave that operates at a frequency that stimulates a predatory response from fish through their inner ear. Contrary to popular belief, most fish do have ears. The fish ear is not like the human ear. Instead of funneling sound like a human, a fish ear consists of dense bones under the skin that detect and translate vibration. This vibration detection is so accurate that a bass is completely able to differentiate between vibrations of prey and other sources. This explains the reason behind how blind and visually impaired fish are able to continue to feed. The bottom line is that natural vibrations will elicit feeding responses from predatory fish where unnatural vibrations will not.

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