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 everyday” and 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.

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.

EMF DETECTOR smart phone app

EMF DETECTOR smart phone app


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




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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

fishing hooks


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 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.

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.


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!



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.



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.


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

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


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.


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.


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.



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.

Tight Lines
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.



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

Cold Front Insurance?

It’s happened to all of us at one time or another. Days before your vacation or derby you hear about the approach of a dreaded cold front. Your stomach drops at the thoughts of battling big waves and strong winds in the pelting rain. But worst of all, these cold fronts usually bring tough fishing conditions.

Lake Diefenbaker, Northern Pike

Fish seam to disappear when the barometer dives. With enough perseverance sometimes you can find them. They’re usually deeper on or near sand, inactive and not feeding. A slow moving jig or spoon jigged on or near the bottom may reveal a fish or two but true to form fishing is tough.

You need cold front fishing insurance. It’s cheap, reliable and will save the day. It won’t stop the rain or wind but it will catch fish when you find them. It’s called the Electron Fish Attractor. Walleye and Pike can’t resist it. Satisfaction Guaranteed!

Tips on finding the fish after the storm.

Even the biggest and baddest Pike and Walleye like to hide when the weather goes bad. They will be deeper than they were a few days ago and usually over a sandy area.

I’ve seen evidence of fish attracted to these sandy areas due to the high electro-magnetic field (EMF) the sand emits. Here they can hide their own electrical field resting virtually electo-receptively invisible.

As well as Walleye and Pike, Whitefish, Pan fish, Lake, Brook, Rainbow and Brown Trout all exhibit the same pattern. This high EMF is called the ambient EMF or the Casimir Effect. These areas generate an EMF generated by the quartz and iron contained in the sand and rock. The higher the amount of quartz and iron the greater the EMF.

When fish enter these areas their electrical field is dominated by the ambient EMF and they virtually disappear. The Electron Fish Attractor presented into this environment generates a higher electrical field than the Casimir effect consequently creating interest and a strike.

Have fun on the water

Bad News for fish cops

Tackle Evolution, Arnold Romppai owner of Romppai's Outdoors has added the Electron Fish Attractor Fresh Water 1 and Fresh Water 2 to their high quality hand crafted line of tackle.

For the first time you can purchase lures with the Electron Fish Attractor built in. These will include Jigs, Lures and Spinner baits. Just look for the Electron Fish Attractor sticker.

Shown here is Romppai's Marabou Jig in 1/4 oz. / Extra Power, w/2/0 E. C Hook.

I am excited to see the rest of the line up and will post updates as I get them.

They are available exclusively at Romppai's Outdoor's in Thunder Bay, Ontario.



Fly fisherman have been using electric fields and electroreception to catch fish for decades.


Metal components used in fly tying like lead, copper, brass, tungsten, chrome, nickel and stainless steel all produce electricity and a corresponding electric field when contacting dissimilar metals like tempered or stainless steel hooks.

This process is called ionization or galvanization, the disbursement of positive and negative ions stimulated by oxygen in the water. Some metals are more reactive than others producing too many negative ions that do a great job of repelling fish.

This is the result after 6 hours

This is the result after 6 hours

A single brass bead on a high carbon hook in salt water gives you from 10 to 30 minutes of fishing where you might be attracting fish. After that they either get too hot or produce too many negative ions and repel fish.

The only thing that changes in fresh water is the length of time you have to attract fish before the same thing happens. This will be determined by the TDS present in the water. Low TDS will give you hours of fish attraction with just a single brass bead on a steel hook. The higher the TDS the less time you have to attract fish.

Metals that generate high negative ions like lead and copper lower your fish attraction time and should always be insulated from the hook with thread and head cement.

Here is an experiment for you to try

Using a TDS meter and a distilled water sample, adjust the TDS level by adding sea salt, a few grains at a time and bring the TDS up to 500 PPM or as close as possible.

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Here the TDS is testing at 475 ppm, I added a few more grains of sea salt and it tested at 521 ppm. This is the very top of the upper range for the Electron Fish Attractor.

Next add one drop of Hydrogen Peroxide 2% per ounce of water to add oxygen to the sample and gently stir.

Place your fly into a container and pour the water over it deep enough to let bubbles float over it. If hydrogen bubbles start accumulating on the surface of the fly there is proof of electric generation.

To record this remove the fly from the water sample and test it with a volt meter that displays millivolts. The voltage won’t be constant reducing rapidly once measured.
Try negative to the brass bead and positive to hook.

I found that a #8 tempered steel hook with a small brass bead would generate .01 mV at 500 PPM TDS for 1 hour.
After 2 hours the charge had increased to .03 mV, and to .08 mV in three hours.

This is after 1 hour

This is after 1 hour

Left: Electron Fish Attractors - Fresh Water 1 low TDS.
In 1 hour hydrogen bubbles starting to form due to electric generation.

Middle: Bead head blood worms. Brass bead and tempered steel hooks showing signs of hydrogen bubbles showing electric generation.

Right: Bead head dragonfly nymph and bead head pheasant tail nymph also showing hydrogen bubble forming proving electric generation.


After 3 hours

 Left: After 3 hours you can see the Electron Fish Attractors generating lots of smaller hydrogen bubbles as it generates an electric charge.

Middle: Hydrogen bubbles are more visible, electric generation is inducing premature corrosion of hook. Iron oxide is leaching out into the water showing a rusty stain.

Right: Hydrogen bubbles are also visible. Iron oxide leaching is just starting due to premature rusting.



The brass bead and tempered hook flies are generating an electric charge and field.
The iron oxide indicates a high generation of negative ions that repel fish.

Although the electric field is much less than the Electron Fish Attractor the high generation of negative ions will start to repel fish within 3 hours.

If the TDS was cut in half to 250 ppm the fish attracting time would be 6 hours,
at 750 ppm it would be 2 hours and at 1000 ppm TDS only 1 hour.

At 6 hours the results are conclusive (see the picture at the top) the Electron Fish Attractors are completely covered in hydrogen.  It would be questionable if it still attracts fish as 500 ppm is the max for the Fresh Water 1 Low TDS Attractors.

The brass bead flies are clearly covered in hydrogen and iron oxide and have lost their fish-ability long ago.

The same experiment done in salt water with a TDS of 30,000 PPM  and a #8 stainless steel hook and a small brass bead produced 1.0 mV in 10 minutes, 18 mV in 1 hour and 64 mV in 3 hours. The fish attraction of this combo is about 30-90 minutes.

All this technology was not worth a dam when it came to convince fly shops to carry the Electron Fish Attractor line. They mostly argued that their clients are hard core purists that would never use electric fields to catch fish in any way. They did not believe they already were, nor would they investigate any further.

That attitude is the height of ignorance
that all game changing technology faces.

We can't win

Two purchasers agreed to try the Salt Water 2 for Bonefish. One was headed to Belize the other to Little Cayman. They both said that the Bonefish wanted a crab pattern attractor and would go right to it from a distance.

The guy that went to Cayman ordered for himself but didn’t think they would sell in his store so he declined. The other guy said he caught Bonefish and Permit all day long on day one of his three day stay but never used it on day two and three.

When asked why he said it took all the fun out of the chase and that frustration is part of the game. “It’s not just about catching fish” he said. Then went on about how using the Attractors was cheating and could not support us.

I had no response to that other than to each his own. Personally I like catching fish and I like watching other people catch fish, especially those new to the sport.

In my lifetime I have known fly tyers, rod builders, tackle crafters, carvers, collectors, artists and writers all with a burning passion for the sport and their niche but never or seldom fish. True to form I guess, there are those that revel in the chase and the cast and catching a fish might be an inconvenience.

It’s a head scratcher!

Rick Crozier


TDS? EMF? Electroreception? Magnetoreception? What does it all mean?


The text books we all studied in school are wrong. Scientists and biologists have argued that the only fish capable of Electroreception are members of the shark and ray family with the exception of Electric Eels and Elephant fish. 

We couldn’t disagree more. In fact we have built a company offering 19 products that disprove this theory by their very performance.  We have recruited dozens of field testers around the world that use our products that will agree there is a sixth sense all fish possess.  This is called Electroreception and Magneto-reception (the ability to detect and decipher Electro Magnetic Fields), EMF.  What I am saying is that EMF are invisible to us but not to fish, birds, turtles, marine mammals and all land animals with wet noses.  The only time they are visible to us is when we see the Northern or Southern Aurora Borealis in the night sky.

This ability brings the Salmon back to their maternal streams, guides the Sea Turtles to their maternal beaches and guides birds and migratory land mammals on their journeys.  It has been proven to me that all fish are electroreceptive by way of my invention the Electron Fish Attractor.  Those that have used it know there is something to it by the response fish have to it.

Every angler is a scientist at heart and needs proof to believe a theory.  
Once you accept the fact that everything, all matter has its own distinct EMF you will find the proof everywhere.

To understand this best let’s look at water in its simplest form.  Distilled or deionized water is pure water, just H2O nothing else.  Water in this form cannot conduct electricity or EMF.  Now add a pinch of salt.  As it dissolves in the water Neutrons and Protons react and expel positive and negative ions and electrons.  These ions are the conductors of electricity and EMF.  By adding a pinch of salt to our water sample we have added dissolved solids by way of sodium chloride, thereby increasing the total dissolved solids (TDS).  The more solids dissolved in the water the greater its conductivity.  Each and every element dissolved in water creates its own little neutron/proton universe dispensing ions creating what is called the ambient EMF. 

Every river, lake, pond and aquarium has its own individual EMF determined by the different elements in its TDS make up. To add to this ambient, EMF suspended particles like sediment, silicates, organic tannin's and vegetation all add ions to this atomic mix, all increasing the conductivity.

To better understand how all this science relates to
sport fishing we should look at how fish interpret EMF. 
To do this let me take you on a journey of the mind. 

Imagine a cross section of a lake or pond showing the surface and bottom with weeds, rock, gravel and sand.  Now let’s add the ambient EMF by colouring the water a dark yellow.  Paint the bottom orange.  Rock is darker orange because it has a lower EMF. The gravel is lighter orange and the sand because of its high EMF let’s paint it bright orange.  Paint the weeds bright white to signify life.  They are alive and giving off plenty of ions.  Now let’s add the fish. Put them everywhere.  Let’s have some Crappy and Bluegill suspended mid depth.  They are inactive so paint them pale yellow, just a little brighter than the water.  Now add bait fish. They are active so colour them bright white and sparkling as muscles contract as they swim about.

Over the sand let’s add an ambush predator, a Musky.  She has been lying in wait for prey to come by staying very still, not using those huge muscles at all.  This keeps her EMF low and unnoticeable against the higher EMF of the sand.  Like a stealth fighter she is hiding in plain sight ready to attack any fish that comes too close.  Before any attack is launched the Musky must decide if whether or not this would be meal is worth blowing its cover for.  If it lunges and misses, those huge muscles will glow bright white making it impossible to hide until its EMF drops again as it rests.  So for now let us paint her bright orange as she waits for her opportunity.

On the bottom add a Catfish.  It has no scales to hide its EMF so paint it bright white as it mulls around on the floor.  Those long whiskers are loaded with sensors so sensitive they can detect the very faintest EMF of crustaceans, worms and fish hiding in or on the bottom.

In the distance there is a bright light, so bright it is like a star.  All fish recognize this immediately as a good sized bait fish that has been wounded, probably by a Loon or Merganser.  The high EMF of the racing heart beat and contracting muscles are sending out a signal of an easy meal for hundreds of feet in every direction.

The Pan Fish notice it first and move in to torment it. It’s too big for them to swallow but that does not stop them from the chase. Their colour now changes to sparkling bright white as they follow the wounded bait fish.

Our Catfish notices it too but can’t get a bearing on it. His electroreception is more personal than local, all he knows is that it’s that way and swims in that direction.

Finally our Musky senses the wounded bait fish. She also senses the pan fish and the catfish closing in.  This is exactly what it she has been waiting for, an easy meal. She won’t have to lunge to feed, just casually swim over and eat it.  Keeping her EMF as low as possible so she can quickly return back to stealth mode.  Time is on her side. Her electroreception is local and bang on. The wounded bait fish is still 100 feet out. She won’t get a visual until its 20 feet away.  So for now she slowly postures, anticipating the interception point. As the musky slowly moves, there are sparks coming from its fin bases and tail.  This area slowly turns white as muscle movement increases its EMF. The pan fish sense the musky and the trap that awaits and are out of there.  Our catfish senses the musky and loses interest in the chase.

There is no competition for the bait fish and our musky gets close and engulfs it. Something is wrong, it’s not a bait fish at all, but a lure with the Electron Fish Attractor creating the high EMF.  The Musky has been fooled and now it is fighting for its life.  It doesn’t know it will be quickly released but for now the battle is on.

When she is released she is glowing bright white from the high EMF created by the struggle.  This fish will survive the ordeal but it will take time to recover her strength and lower her EMF to get back to stealth mode.

Wow! Now you guys know where I go when I get quiet.

Rick Crozier


Finding The Fish using the Coriolis Effect


I’ve spent thousands of hour’s staring down a hole in the ice waiting for fish to show up. Anticipation of action helps with the boredom. Sometimes there are minnows to watch but most of the time there is nothing interesting going on.

The one thing always present is a bit of a current, it’s always there to some degree in every body of water. This intrigued me. How is this possible? There is little or no flow in the dead of winter? So what could be causing this this phenomenon? Well the answer is that the flow is caused by the rotation of the earth on its axes, this phenomenon is called the Coriolis Effect.

Depending where you live on the planet we are travelling over one thousand miles an hour as we rotate on our axes, at the same time we are travelling some 27,000 miles an hour as we rotate around the sun on our yearly journey through space.

This creates a clockwise rotation of water north of the Equator and a counter clockwise rotation south of the Equator. This small current is evident in all lakes, ponds and even in bird baths.


During the 80’s, I was Fishing Editor and #1 Columnist for Alberta Fishing and Hunting Magazine and thought that a story explaining this current I called The Zoo Plankton Drift would be an interesting column. This drift is like a tide that always flows in the same direction to us it is barely noticeable, but to a microbe or protozoan it is a raging torrent complete with whirlpools, back eddies and raceways.

So if the water is always drifting in the same direction, obstacles like points, bays, reefs and islands would create back eddies were Zoo plankton would concentrate, attracting minnows that in turn attract game fish. It made sense to me but before I could write my column this had to be proved.

By looking at lake contours, imagining the clockwise drift it is easy to determine were the back eddies would be. After checking out the other three sides of a structure taking note of minnow and game fish populations the fourth side where the back eddy should be always proved to be more active. Most of these areas have a high density of Clams and Mussels on the bottom. Somehow these filter feeders know where the food is and congregate there.

After proving my theories to myself I wrote an article called the Zoo Plankton Drift that was met with a lot of skepticism. That was in 1986, I think. I’ve been experimenting with this theory ever since, summer and winter and have never found any evidence to dispute it.

Using this pattern to locate hot spots over the years has given me some exceptional fishing but the best thing it’s done is saved my valuable fishing time for the most productive areas.

Tight Lines
Rick Crozier