Here's the question?
Are fishermen educating fish about what’s edible and what’s to be avoided. Anyone who fishes heavily fished waters can tell you that fish get good at avoiding lures – Is it due to Catch-And-Release? Its true Catch and release preserves fish stocks, but does it make it harder for the average fisherman to get strike. Is every fish we throw back a bit warier of the lure that caught it?
A few thoughts on the matter:
If so, a lure that is especially popular will have a group of the fish population that can differentiate between that lure and food, in spite of the vibration, sound and action closely mimicing baitfish. One solution may be to use lures that make natural sounds and vibrations and that the fish haven’t associated with being hooked. Ever wonder why some of the most used and once productive lures become non-producers in heavily pressured water? A color change using the same lure may not be enough to fool a fish into striking. Fish normally hear or feel a lure before they see it. Even so if the sound and vibration of the bait are associated with an unpleasant event like getting hooked the change may not matter at all.
What do you think...Do fish learn to avoid lures? Does Catch & Release produce a lure smart fish? *excerpt from an article by woodenlures.com