TESTING YOUR TACKLE WITH A SMART PHONE APP

We are in our 7th year in business and just when you think you have seen and heard it all a fourth time repeat customer Seth Millsaps from Oregon along with new technology takes it a step further.

Seth read our blog "Why we recommend using new hook, flies and jigs everydayand being an engineer it all made sense to him. To further his curiosity he added a very sensitive Electric Field Detector app to his smart phone to test his tackle.

 EMF DETECTOR smart phone app

EMF DETECTOR smart phone app

Just like the blog reported he found that half of his tackle projected an electric field when dry, certainly all used hooks, lures and terminal tackle were high. Taking this new technology to the Columbia River along with Electron Fish Attractors in pursuit of Chinook (King) Salmon he started catching Salmon regularly. It all came together for Seth and completely changed his perspective of what is really going on underwater and what the fish actually sense.

BUYER BEWARE

When it came time to replace all his tackle he used his new app to find tackle off the store shelves that did not display an ion electric field.
The majority of the tackle offered for sale projected a low to high fish repelling ion field. He found suitable tackle but it wasn’t easy.

This was a reputable huge store chain that thousands of Anglers rely on for quality products. Why would they sell products that project a fish repelling electric field? The answer is they don’t know. Even worse they don’t know that they don’t know.

Most of the tackle today comes from overseas and is made of recycled ferrous and nonferrous metals that react with one another creating an ion electric field. These products come from the factory with this fish repelling field, they get stronger over time and when fished the ionized water of the lake or river energize the ions and the field gets progressively stronger. If you’re relying on this tackle to provide dinner you might want to order pizza.

The only places in the world this tackle will catch fish is the pure clear waters where the TDS “total dissolved solids” is less than 100 PPM. Here in these environments conductivity is poor, so fish rely on their sense of sight, smell and sound to feed not electroreception.

THE SCIENCE WORKS… just try it

Six easy steps to the best fishing of your life.

  1. Read the blog Why we recommend using new hooks, flies and jigs everyday
  2. Install an electric field detector app to your smart phone, choose the most sensitive one you can find. It might cost a couple bucks for the second most important tool in your fishing arsenal, it’s just a guessing game without it.
  3. Don’t use or buy any tackle with an electric field.
  4. Discard all tackle with an electric field as it will influence other tackle.
  5. The most important tool in your tackle box is the fish attracting electron field of the appropriate Electron Fish Attractor.
  6. Read our other blogs

 

 

 

WHY WE RECOMMEND USING NEW HOOKS, FLIES AND JIGS EVERYDAY!

RETAILERS WILL LOVE THIS ONE

Since we added this statement to the directions on the back of the packaging of the Electron Fish Attractor Series of bait and lure enhancers we have had countless inquiries as to why.

  This is used or old tackle that I discarded due to fish repelling electric fields.

THIS IS USED AND OLD TACKLE THAT I DISCARDED
DUE TO FISH REPELLING ELECTRIC FIELDS

THE SHORT ANSWER

Physical changes to ferrous metals meeting ionized water and oxygen create fish repelling electric fields in a day's fishing that build every hour they are used. There is no way to avoid this other than replacing hooks, jigs and flies after a day’s use.

THE WHOLE STORY

To best explain the physics behind my statement let's start at the beginning.
Anyone with any intelligence that has put the time on the water will have at one time or another had this question in the back of their mind.

Why did this rig, jig, lure or fly work so well yesterday
and not so much today?

Most anglers will write this off as the temperament of fish and will change patterns trying to connect or maybe there are other forces at play here.

About 30 years ago I bought my first Electromagnetic Field Recorder and was completely fascinated discovering all the electric fields that were now visible to me. Not in the literal sense but now I could locate them, measure the strength and find the source. My two obsessions that already dominated my time was sport fishing and physics had to make room for electroreception.

Previous to all this, I had studied the journals of world famous physicist Hendrik Casimir who discovered that all matter and life projects either a positive (+) or negative (-) electric field known to science as the Casimir Effect.

I had so much fun with my new toy scanning everything and of course my tackle. The discoveries made were exciting and heart breaking. Any tackle that had been used, had an electric field present that was easily detected by my EMF recorder. The next question was, if fish could detect it and if they could, would it attract them or repel them?

New tackle had no detectable electric fields unless it was old metal with no rust proofing, lead with brass were the worst. Now I needed to know how long it took for fields to form in new tackle, this encouraged dozens of experiments that led to conclusive results.

Over the next few years my fishing partner and wife Rachel and I challenged these results over and over on the water with similar results every time. We would use identical tackle and fish at the same depth and distance, Rachel’s gear would always be brand new with no detectable E field, my identical gear had a confirmed E field. Rachel caught most of the fish every time.

THE FISH CATCHING LIFE SPAN OF MOST METAL TACKLE IS VERY SHORT,
ABOUT A DAY'S FISHING THEN IT STARTS TO REPEL FISH
AND EVEN SHORTER IN SALT WATER.

Years of experiments proved two things, fish other than sharks and rays can sense E fields, this ability is known as electroreception. We knew we were breaking new ground in science based on fish reactions only.

EVIL FORCES

The fish repelling E fields projected by tackle comes from the ionization (corrosion) of ferrous metals (metals or alloys containing iron) triggered by ionized water and oxygen. This includes all hooks except for those made of pure stainless steel. Dissolved mineral salts in the water increase conductivity and the strength of the E field.

To better understand this principal take a sample of distilled or De-ionized water (the same thing). It has no electric field and no conductivity. Add a pinch of sea salt and the physical properties change. The many mineral elements react with each other and dissolved oxygen to create an electric field and conductivity. When ferrous metals contact this solution ionization starts quickly regulated by the amount of dissolved minerals and dissolved oxygen.

The amount of dissolved minerals is measured in parts per million (PPM), all the dissolved minerals is referred to as total dissolved solids (TDS).

As a reference distilled water has a TDS of 0 PPM, rain has a TDS of 10 PPM, bottled water has a TDS of around 200 PPM and Ocean water has a TDS of 30,000 to 37,000 PPM. Brackish water or estuaries have a TDS of 10,000 to 18,000 PPM depending on the tide. The Great Lakes has a TDS of 200 PPM or less.

Most Bass, Walleye, Musky and Pike Lakes have a TDS over 200 PPM in the spring, 175 PPM in the Summer and 100 to 125 PPM in the Fall. The reason the TDS levels change from spring to fall is that plant matter and weed growth cleans and filters the water naturally and minimal run off.

The higher the TDS the faster your tackle will project an evil electric field that all our tests prove to be repulsive to fish.

Hooks with ferrous metals, lead, chromed brass terminal tackle, brass and stainless or chromed spinners and lures will give you about 16 hours of good fishing with a TDS of 125 PPM, 8 to 10 hours with a TDS of 200 PPM, 6 to 8 hours with a TDS of 300 PPM, 4 to 6 hours with a TDS of 5,000 PPM, 2 hours with a TDS of 15,000 and less than an hour with a TDS of 30,000 PPM.

RUST PROTECTION

There are numerous brand name hook manufactures that all produce an excellent product that usually includes some sort of rust protection, this can dramatically lengthen the good fishing time of the hook.

Stainless Steel does not corrode in the pure form but is widely discouraged in the sport fishing world, no one wants to leave jewelry in the fish's mouth.

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REMOVING RUST FROM HOOKS AND LURES WILL NOT SOLVE THE PROBLEM


RUST IS A RESULT OF THE PROBLEM

Anglers' choice today is a high carbon steel alloy with state of the art rust protection knowing that someday it will rust out if the fish escapes with it. These hooks are great but as soon as the protection is compromised the process starts aggressively. Even using pliers to remove the hook from the fish's mouth can compromise the hook and the same goes with pinching the barbs.

LEAD STORES ELECTRIC FIELDS WHEN UN PROTECTED.
USE PAINTED LEAD TO LENGTHEN ITS FISH CATCHING TIME.

 
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Lead has unique properties, it has the ability to store electric fields when contacting a dis-similar metal turning it into a battery of sorts with lead always taking the (-) negative role.
The greater the mass of lead and the higher the TDS the greater the E field. 

 
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When I shop for painted jigs the one with no lead showing is the one to use.


These jigs look new and some are but time is a bandit and will steel its fish-ability.

All these jigs have a repelling E-field.


Still use new hooks every day!

 

FRIENDLY FORCES

A live fish still wet from capture will also project an electric field but rather than an ion field created by ferrous metals this is a negative (-) electron field that all life projects.

When the fish dies the electron field disappears. This negative (-) electron field is the natural E field all life projects and now that we have isolated it our new focus is to replicate it to add the spark of life to flies and lures.

 

WHAT A GREAT INVENTION

In a few years we had our first prototype of our Fresh Water Series, it worked so good attracting fish to the hook we kept it secret for 20 years. Later came the Salt Water Series, it too remained secret.

What we invented was a small multiple alloy non ferrous wire coil that would create its own energy to amplify the Earths negative Magneto to create a negative electron field.

May of 2012 we opened Life Spark Sport Fishing Tackle as a retirement business, now there is over a half a million Electron Fish Attractors out there worldwide.
With the majority of users still keeping them secret.

SUMMERY

Humans are not electroreceptive, we can’t see all the forces that surround us, fish can, birds can, reptiles can and all mammals with wet noses can so we need things like an EMF Recorder or the simple knowledge of what creates these forces.

To be the most successful Angler possible try to understand electric fields, when you work with them pure fish catching magic happens, when you fish against physics nothing happens.

 

Rick Crozier

 

Habitualization (Part 2), Salt Water

In an area as large as the planet’s Oceans, it is hard to believe that there are places where fish habituate to sport fishing, but it is true. Anywhere you have condensed populations of fish with heavy fishing pressure you will find habitualized fish. Huge urban areas and derbies make the situation worse. Not all fish habitualize, only the smarter ones and they are the ones that will survive to pass on their genes to produce even smarter fish in the next generation. I call this farm boy science, hogs, cattle, chickens and fish, what's the difference? Breeding is breeding and genetics do not lie!   Smarter fish are naturally evolving.

West Coast Salmon

 Pro-Staff Paul Toth (owner/operator) Something Fishy Charter in Prince Rupert, B.C.

Pro-Staff Paul Toth (owner/operator) Something Fishy Charter in Prince Rupert, B.C.

Each year along the West Coast of North America from Northern California to Alaska, anadromous species of Salmon return to their natal rivers to spawn. As these fish congregate in the bays and fjords close to their home rivers, they must go through a series of habitualization steps.

  • First, they must slowly adjust to a decrease in salinity; the TDS will drop from 30,000 PPM to 10,000 PPM or lower in just a few kilometers.
  • Secondly, they must learn to survive the predators that await their arrival, Killer Whales, Seals, Salmon Sharks and the most deadly of all, the commercial fleet.
  • The Salmon that have survived all this now have to face a new danger, an armada of anglers. Popular fishing areas have formed over the years where boats congregate almost bumper to bumper. The naive fish get clobbered the first day they are fished by the anglers but the survivors quickly learn what to avoid and how to stay alive.

Each time new fish arrive the fishing is good for those fish only, the fish that have been there a day or two have developed zipper lip and will not bite. If new fish don’t show up for a while the angler’s success rate goes way down. Despite the lack of new fish and zipper lip there are always a few fish caught mostly by locals and guides, this keeps the crowd ever present.

A similar scenario occurs with Striped Bass all along the Eastern Sea Board and the California Coast of the U.S. Like Salmon, the Bass are returning to spawn. New fish are eager to co-operate with anglers but quickly habitualize and develop zipper lip once they have been fished a while.

My wife Rachel and I have been fishing anadromous fish for over 25 years with a scientific approach.
We always get our fish and this is how we do it.

Check your boat’s electric field.
I rate this as #1 and the most important.

Note: Do this on the fishing grounds with both cannon balls at 75 feet and the kicker running and in gear.

Using a common voltmeter, set the dial to DC20. The negative terminal goes to the hull of your aluminum boat or the motor mounts of a fiberglass boat and the positive terminal goes to the downrigger cable or water.
If your boat is over 0.65 it is too hot for Salmon, perfect is 0.62 volts.
If your boat is over 1.1 it is too hot for Stripers, perfect is under 1.0 volts.
To read more on this subject see Check your boats EMF and Rust Fisherman’s enemy. The bottom line is if your boat is too hot, fish are avoiding you never seeing your gear. Most anglers regard this topic as nonsense and immediately discount the whole science. That’s too bad because most anglers return to the dock empty handed.

Avoid the crowds.

Although you are confident of your boats electric field being perfect or low it will draw the electric field of a hot boat that gets too close raising your own electric field.
You can easily register this on your voltmeter. This is electric field contamination and can happen from 100 feet away. It will go away after a bit.

Check your Cannon balls.
Since they are a great mass of lead, the purity of the lead will dictate the strength of the electric field it will produce when fishing. Recycled lead is full of other metals that produce a very strong, very weird electric field fish do not like.

Do not buy cannon balls with any other than stainless steel eyes, any softer metal will turn it into a strong battery able to manufacture and store electricity. To avoid this whole mess I coat my balls in latex, that way there is no electric field forming while fishing. To read more see Check your balls.

CHANGE THE MENU
Now that your boat and gear have the perfect electric field you are attracting fish to your down rigger cable, so show the fish new tackle they might not have seen before. If everyone is using flashers and Hoochies go to a spoon or cut bait without a flasher. Salmon that see flashers going by all day will soon be flasher shy, recognizing it as danger and will avoid it.

Use new terminal tackle and hooks every day.
The best anglers and guides use new hooks and swivels every charter, religiously.
Most don’t know why thinking it’s a luck thing, realistically tackle develops an electric field that gets stronger every hour it is used. This field does not go away but gets stronger each day it’s used. Most anglers without knowledge will use the same gear all week or all season. Needless to say they have minimal results.

The Game Changer.
To be a consistent successful angler you must pay attention to all the details we have talked about so far. It’s not rocket science but common sense science. Even when all details are perfect, the fish have the last word and can decide to be non-co-operative.
The only guarantee you can use is the Electron Fish Attractor - Salt Water Series. Fish can’t resist it, they just can’t help themselves.

 

EXAMPLES OF HABITUATED SALT WATER FISH AROUND THE WORLD

Boca Grande, Florida, U.S.A.   Tarpon
We have good customers local to the area that love catching Tarpon. They don’t do the derby thing but fish in the pack of boats that’s always present. They use the Electron SW 1 and keep it secret; they also say that they never wait more than 10 minute for a hook up!

New Zealand, Wrasse
Here the lad’s fish a wall a thousand feet down for a fish they call Wrasse. Many boats fishing the same wall using the same gear day after day has resulted in habitualized fish with a bad case of zipper lip. These fellows ordered the Electron out of desperation did some modifications to their gear as per our website and now limit every time they go out.
Bad news for us they keep the Electron secret.

Pacific Ocean, Tuna
Yes, even out here in the open ocean our long line clients report Tuna shying away from their lines. They claim that there are too many ships targeting Tuna, a species that I think has learned to avoid the electric field of the hook. Marine Biologists look at the catch records of these ships to adjust annual quotas (where they exist) trying to regulate total catch limits. These quotas have decreased over the decades marking a decline in total fish stalks.
Our Captain friends argue this, saying their sonar shows many fish, they just don’t bite as they did in the past.

We currently have two ships that have been using the Electron SW 1, for four years now, of the long line fleet they always finish first, in about a third of the time of the rest of the fleet saving over $100,000.00 US on fuel. The Electron is their most closely guarded secret and that’s okay with us.

If you missed reading part 1 here is the link: Why some fish are impossible to catch (Part 1)

Tight Lines
Rick Crozier

 

Why some fish are impossible to catch (Part 1)

 

Habitualization: The ability of living things to adapt to their environment to feed, reproduce and avoid danger.

Fish are smarter than you think and no one thinking otherwise has ever fished for habitualized fish. They are in our most popular lakes and ponds where extreme fishing pressure exists. These water bodies usually have easy access, are close to large urban areas offering picnic areas, camping, swimming and power boating.

In this environment, the angler is just another predator that fish learn to avoid, no different from the Osprey and Otter. Human activity also creates opportunities for fish otherwise not available.

 Pigeon Lake Provincial Park. Photo credit Kelsey Crozier

Pigeon Lake Provincial Park. Photo credit Kelsey Crozier

Swimming areas become feeding stations whenever busy docks become shelter and powerboat waves dislodge shore food. Some species do better in these environments than others. Catfish, Walleye, Brook Trout and Pike tend to habitualize slowly and fished out easily. Species like Perch, Bluegill, Black Crappy, Lake Whitefish, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Small-mouth Bass tend to habitualize faster and are smart enough to avoid being be fished out.

These fish are smart and are able to recognize danger and have the memory to avoid it. The factors that mitigate the survival of some and the disappearance of others can be a hot debate of those of knowledge. Myself I do not think its brain size I would be more inclined to think it would more likely the sensitivity of the senses.

ELECTRORECEPTION

All fish share the same senses including electroreception that I believe plays a key role in avoiding danger although different fish have different levels of discrimination. The harder to catch group will have the most discriminative electro-receptiveness able to detect the smallest electric field from the smallest hook.
See:  Finally! Proof of Magneto-reception in Fish. Cells containing Magnetite found in Rainbow Trout.

THE AWAKENING

 Rick Crozier at 16 years old.

Rick Crozier at 16 years old.

Back in the 60’s, a 10 acre gravel pit stocked with Lake Erie Yellow Perch was our fishing hole, swimming hole and local all-time teenage hangout. Here we could catch Perch up to eight inches with regularity and sometimes even get our limit of 30 fish.

It wasn’t until I bought a snorkeling mask and flippers that I realized there were Perch in that pit over 13 inches. 3 lb. plus Perch in an old Southern Ontario Gravel pit. They would hang around the swimming area showing no fear of humans whatsoever feeding on the shrimp and insect larva kicked up by the swimmers.

I was 16 at the time, a live bait dealer, taxidermist, and guide. Completely obsessed with all forms of sport fishing. I had to have some of these fish for the wall. Sadly, it never happened. No matter what I tried, they would never bite.

Snorkeling with the fish I could hand feed them but as soon as I added a hook they would avoid it. Decades later I realized that it was the faint electric field of the hook those fish recognized as danger.

Over the years, I have had similar encounters with Bluegill, Black Crappy, Small Mouth Bass, Brown and Rainbow Trout and most recently with Lake Trout. All these fish species showing the same ability to recognize the hook. This is electro-reception at its finest. The electric field of a small hook is so faint yet these species could discriminate it from the stronger electric field of live bait. Fascinating stuff!

MONSTER PIKE AND MUSKY

I have heard from divers inspecting dam structure have visual encounters of Pike and Musky the size of humans. Some of the divers were spooked as the curious fish made them very nervous due to their size and lack of fear of humans. Like Big Foot sightings without evidence, it is only an eyewitness account without evidence, but not all can be exaggerating. If it is true, my guess is these fish too have learned to avoid the hook to get so big.

THE WORLD FAMOUS BOW RIVER

A great example of habitualized fish a little closer to home is the Bow River here in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Bow is a world famous trout stream reportedly the most challenging anywhere. Here there are thousands of trout for every kilometer of river but they are very hard to catch.

For decades now, anglers have been using brass beads and lead wire on their flies. Although the TDS of the river is very low about 150 PPM the combination of brass and steel with or without lead creates a weird electric field fish recognize as danger. Some of the top Bow anglers have abandoned the brass and lead and had instant improved success. Dry flies do not have an electric field; the floatant applied to the fly does not let an electric field form.

 Fishing on the bow. Photo credit Rachel Crozier

Fishing on the bow. Photo credit Rachel Crozier

ANADROMOUS FISH

Migratory fish are beyond a doubt the fastest habitualized fish of all time.
Two friends and I, traveled to a Vancouver Island river reported to have a decent Steelhead run. After a 2-hour boat ride and a 20-minute hike, we found ourselves at the top of a 30-foot rock face I immediately determined I was too old and fat to navigate.

Below was a gin clear run with about a dozen chrome bar Steelhead holding in a loose school. As the lads a third my age, descended the cliff I settled in to watch the show. Both buds were using a white foam dink style float with pencil lead weights and a soft plastic worm. Both had cast and both had fish on straight away. As the fish were fighting the school was agitated several fish followed the fighting fish a bit but the school was in turmoil.

After a quick photo, both fish were released and slowly swam back to the school that was now back to its original location. As the lads resumed casting the Steelhead would avoid the bobber moving out of the way each time it drifted by. The anglers below had no idea this was happening but I could see it as clear as day from above. After a few more casts the fish dispersed downstream, probably back to the salt water only a few hundred meters away.

I had witnessed an entire school of Steelhead habitualized in front of my eyes in a half an hour. This is an example of visual habituation since the TDS of this river would be less than 50 PPM an electric field would take a day or more to form. These fish recognized the danger visually either the float, the weight, the worm or all of the above and deliberately moved to avoid it.

 Find Waldo fishing at Gull Lake, MN

Find Waldo fishing at Gull Lake, MN

 Pike release through the ice. Photo by Pro-Staff Sonny Covin

Pike release through the ice. Photo by Pro-Staff Sonny Covin

Ice fishing will habitualize fish as winter progresses, especially if most anglers fish the same area using the same gear. When this happens anglers write it off as very slow fishing. The fish are there but not biting.

The telltale sign of habitualized fish is when fish come in then put the brakes on flicking their tail toward the bait turning side ways to expose the lateral line to the echo of the mini shock wave. By doing this fish can discriminate variations in the echo to sense the line, bait or lure. If the electric field of the hook or lure is detected you won’t even get this action. The fish avoid it altogether.

If the fish you are targeting are this habitualized to sport fishing, move and get out of there. I will always try the deepest water, closest to any structure. Choose areas with no or little evidence of fishing, at least there you will have a better chance for success.
See; Finding The Fish Using the Coriolis Effect

WANT TO BELIEVE? 
THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE

Hendrick Casimir a famous physicist conducted experiments proving the existence of electric fields naturally occurring in every environment in every element even in complete vacuums. You can find the results of these experiments by searching the Casimir Effect.

When you search electro-reception, you will find very narrow-minded people of knowledge claiming that the only fish with electro-reception are sharks and rays, electric eels and elephant fish. These morons of science have never slid an Electron Fish Attractor on their line, which would create some head scratching.

 
 

Tricks you can try to fool habitualized fish

In situations where habitualized fish are the target there are a few tricks you can try but remember these fish are smart and the best you will do is a fish or two before they realize the trap and quickly avoid it.

  1. Use the appropriate Electron Fish Attractor.
    The higher negative electron field will attract and consume the negative ion field of steel. For some hard-core physics research electron attractor.
  2. Where legal, use live bait, the high electric field of a struggling minnow will override the very faint electric field of the hook. This is not a foolproof system all the time but worth a try.
  3. Scents are also worth a try, most are oil based and will prevent any electrical field from forming. This strategy works best in water with very low TDS; fish here are used to food with a very low electric field. In water with higher TDS, a bait without an electric field is as distasteful to fish as the wrong electric field.
    Remember do not get any scent on the Electron Attractors.
  4. Dry flies and fly poppers coated in floatant have no or very little electric field.
    The floatant does not let a field form.
  5. Fast trolling using the Electron seems to be the most consistent way of fooling habitualized fish. Do not give the fish time to inspect it; they will sense the Electron and position to intercept it.

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Rick Crozier

 

Ice out pike on the North Saskatchewan River

Something to do this weekend

 A quick photo of Rick Crozier with this North Saskatchewan River beauty before being released.

A quick photo of Rick Crozier with this North Saskatchewan River beauty before being released.

Every spring at ice out large pike work their way from the deep wintering holes to the creeks and oxbows where they will soon spawn. As they make their way up and down the river the huge egg bearing females keep to the shallow quiet water close to shore well out of the main current. This is where we have fished them for decades using a frozen minnow and a sliding sinker on an open bail set.

These fish make great pictures but that’s about it, they are roe bound and lethargic giving up easily when caught.

Each fish represents a million more pikes so handle them gently never holding them horizontally bowing the spine, keep the fish vertical for a faster release.

Don’t even think of eating any fish from the North Saskatchewan River!  Natural mercury enters the food chain high in the Rocky Mountains by way of bacteria.
This is collected in the food chain by natural predation until finally it collects in the fish.

Each year a fish lives in this environment it collects more mercury, an old female pike would be so toxic she couldn’t be safely used as fertilizer. Our government has studied this natural contamination in depth in the 80’s and knows full well the danger, yet they still allow fish retention on the river.

Tight Lines
Rick Crozier

Ice Fishing Updates

 

So much for the 2015/16 ice-fishing season in Southern Alberta, a few die-hard anglers are still putting in an effort but I’m cautious of bad ice, it could be fine in the A.M. but go to cubes in the P.M. It seems that the entire season has been a season of bad ice and non-co-operative fish, everyone we talked to has had a tough year.

   No caption needed here but.. "Stay safe out there"

No caption needed here but.. "Stay safe out there"

Rachel and I got out a few times this winter but did not fish much. It was more fun giving out samples and talking to anglers for us than fishing. We would approach a party of anglers then give one sample to one person and rig it for them to make sure they were using it correctly. Then we would leave and return in a few hours to see how they were getting along. Our greatest thrill this season was the response everyone had using our Electrons. They all asked for more samples. Most folks caught fish and the ones that did not said the Attractors brought them in no problem; they just could not catch them.

 Hans about to release a nice Walleye

Hans about to release a nice Walleye

This Rattlesnake Lake angler in Alberta we only know as Hans was about to release his 7th Walleye when we returned to see how he liked using the Electrons. He had killed his limit of 50 cm Walleye and had a few nice perch on the ice.
Hans admitted that he does not catch anything and will never fish without the Electron again. He was so excited and thankful that we had some to sell him.

We learned a lot this winter regarding salts dissolved in the water, total dissolved solids or TDS seem to disappear as winter drags on. Lakes that were 150 to 200 PPM have dropped to less than 100 PPM; some lakes like Ghost Lake went as low as 50 PPM. We keep track of this because it affects conductivity in the water.


The lower the TDS the less conductivity means the more Electrons you use.
We had no idea that this decrease in TDS was so dramatic in late winter although Jason Fraser, a Calgary area biologist, warned us of this.

Here are the hottest Electron rigs per species

Whitefish

The rig that out fished anything else this winter for Whitefish is the Fresh Water 1 or 2 Low TDS a glass bead (supplied) on a short shank beak hook and a single maggot. This rig clobbered Whites everywhere in Southern Alberta. We suspect it will work for Whites anywhere.
The Electron is so small you can cast it with a fly rod suspended from a strike indicator or a small bobber cast from a lite spinning rod.

Walleye

The rig that Walleye preferred is the Electron Fresh Water 2 or 3, low TDS, a glass bead in clear or yellow (supplied), a short shank hook with a minnow or a scented minnow by Berkley Gulp, Trigger X etc.
A bill-less crank bait with the Electron and a glass bead can be unbeatable.

Perch, Crappy and Pan fish

Perch can’t resist the Electron Fresh Water 1, 2 or 3 series, a glass bead and a hook with maggots, minnow, scented grubs and minnows.
- For very low TDS use the Fresh Water 3 Low TDS
- For a TDS over 200 PPM use the Fresh Water 1 Low TDS.

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Tube jigs work great, only use the tube, thread it on the line then thread the appropriate Electron, a glass bead and a short shank hook. Pull it all into the tube (bait is optional). This rig can be used in open water suspended from a bobber or jigged over the weeds.
Fish shallow (3 to 6 feet) at first ice and deeper (50 to 60 feet) at last ice.
See below for photo of small white tube jig.

Northern Pike

Dead lining is Canada's all-time favorite method to catch Pike, a species that quickly responds to the Electron Fish Attractor. The all-time favorite rig for pike is a 6 to 10 inch nylon coated steel leader or equivalent threaded through the anus of a bait fish coming out the mouth. Slide an Electron on the leader into the mouth of the bait.
I seem to have my best luck when the bait lays on the bottom.

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Trout

Use an Electron Fresh Water 1, 2 or 3 Low TDS, a glass bead, a short shank hook with maggots, scented grubs or minnows. Pull this into the tube.

Small spoon baits with the Electron slid on the line isolated with a glass bead can be jigged with great success for larger trout of all species.

Do not use any terminal tackle, keep it moving covering all depths.
All Char species respond to tapping the spoon on the bottom.

Photo byJason Fraser

This beautiful Lake Trout was caught in extremely LOW TDS conditions
using 5 Fresh Water 3's in a tube jig.

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Rick Crozier

 

Summery, New Recommendations

 

It’s very hard to establish guidelines to help our customers with our products when we were living on Vancouver Island. There the TDS is less than 50 PPM on average so we rely on customer feedback for the rest of the world. Sometimes this information is incorrect.

Florida for example, our first customer from that state told us that our Electron Fresh Water 1 and Fresh Water 2 did not work in that states ponds, lakes and rivers, so we encouraged our customers to order the high TDS attractors. Sadly that information was incorrect.  The low TDS Attractors work excellent in that states fresh water as well as all the Eastern States. So for over two years we have been giving out the wrong recommendations based on wrong feedback. We’re in the process of fixing that now.

When the right Attractor is matched with the right species of fish pure magic happens, fish after fish action. If this is not happening we need to know about it so we can figure it out with your help.

We recommend all New Customers to ORDER the SPLIT PACKS to avoid any disappointment, one or the other will always work great.

Our salt water series does not have this problem, it always works great.

 

WHAT AN INCREDIBLE LEARNING CURVE

I waited all year to float Alberta’s world famous Bow River with legendary guide Barry White. Barry is one of the pioneers of fly fishing the Bow and knows the river and its trout like no other. Floating the Bow with Barry White should be on every fly anglers bucket list.

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This sunny calm September day started with me checking the total dissolved solids (TDS) of the Bow’s water showing a count 152 parts per million (PPM). I was stoked, a TDS of 150 ppm is perfect for the Fresh Water 1 Low TDS Electron Fish Attractor. Anywhere we have used the attractors in this range the results were fish after fish.

This was not the case today. The day started off with a nice 16 inch Rainbow Trout then a half dozen smaller fish and that was it. The three inch streamer fly’s I tied might have been too long as the trout were short striking it (just pulling the tail of the fly making it hard to set a hook).

There was clearly something wrong. Those trout should have pounded those flies, but that was not the case. Barry said it was a hopper day and if we were tossing hoppers it would have been a fish after fish day.

The TDS was the problem. After researching the chemical makeup of the Bow’s water it became evident that along with calcium, sodium, carbon and other micro elements the water has levels of cobalt, cadmium and thorium dissolved in the water. These three elements are slightly radioactive and although the TDS is relatively low the presence of three radioactive elements would increase the ambient electric field or the Casimir Effect and alter the Electrons ability to create the perfect electric field to attract fish.

Right now it is a head scratcher but since I live in Calgary now I’ll have time to work on it. I’ll figure it out, I always do. Watch for a new product next year, the Electron – B, for Bow River.

Rick Crozier

WE'RE OUT OF HERE!!!

Yep we sold the farm, we’re off the rock. Bye-bye Vancouver Island, bye-bye B.C. Ferries, bye-bye Christy Clark we’re out of here!

Don’t get me wrong living and fishing on Vancouver Island is truly great after all it is Canada’s California but we have four grand kids now and one more on the way and that trumps it all. So for the fourth time in my life I’m Alberta bound. Off to the flat lands where you can wave to your neighbour two miles away and guess the wind speed by counting Tumbleweeds per hour.

More central location…

We need easier access to the game fish species so popular to the country like Musky, Pike, Walleye, Bass, Pan fish and Trout. Living in Alberta will put us closer to these fish without paying B.C. Ferries $200.00 a ride.

Anyone interested in sponsoring our show should contact us now.
We are looking for filming locations, guide services, events and lodges where we can highlight your service at no cost to you other than amenities. The main sponsor, the Electron Fish Attractor is capable of funding the project in its entirety.

We urge all interested to follow us on Facebook and Twitter as we are filming, we will be posting daily where internet conditions allow.

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Rick Crozier

GREAT DAY ON THE WATER

 

The other day Rachel and I had the pleasure of taking the stars of the TV show Two Men and Their Fishing Rods fishing for Sockeye in the Alberni Inlet. We started our day before sunrise joining about fifty or so boats all working the China Creek area. After about a half an hour it was clear that there was no action and the Sockeye today would not co-operate as planned. I ran three dummy flashers per side but three feet above the top flasher I ran a small Coyote Spoon two feet above and two feet behind the longest flasher.  The spoons had the Electron secured to the hook with elastic thread, no flasher.

 Nathan Thomas and Tyler Kyle hosts of Two Men and their Fishing Rods

Nathan Thomas and Tyler Kyle hosts of Two Men and their Fishing Rods

As it got brighter out the fish started to bite for us and in the next two hours we played Sockeye Basketball with fish after fish. We were getting bites about every five minutes, lots of double plays, lots of hits and misses, lots of frowns from other boaters, our guests had pointed out to us that no one had seen any other boat catch a fish. Our two guests had a ball, we were all laughing hard making too much noise, our stereo was playing blue grass too loud.
The morning was playing out as too much fun.

But as every Sockeye angler knows the fish make the rules and after two hours of fun the fish quit biting, we had a half dozen in the box and had twenty or so on. We never did see any other boat catch a fish, the lads were impressed.

Watch for the episode in 2016

UPDATE, the show airing date is APRIL 16, 2017
will post link here as soon as we can.

 

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