Do You Know What a Bass’s First Meal Is? Michael Murphy Does.

Do You Know What a Bass’s First Meal Is? Michael Murphy Does.

Enter the C-Pod Creature Bait by Reins. C-Pod is short for Copepods and is the premise behind lure designer Michael Murphy’s creature bait. Murphy is a fishing guide, B.A.S.S./FLW tournament angler, and also has a degree in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. This combination provides Murphy with a unique perspective when he designs lures.

A Fish’s First Food

Immediately after a Largemouth Bass hatches from its yoke sack, for the first six to eight weeks, their food source is microscopic Copepods. Copepods, or C-Pod for short, are small crustaceans. They are found in the ocean and throughout just about every freshwater habitat on the planet.

Copepods

Copepods

Murphy explains, “When you examine images of Copepods and compare them to bass fishing creature baits, the similarities aren’t a coincidence.” “A bass as it matures most likely has a memory imprint of Copepods.” The bass grew, how does it know that Copepods don’t grow larger too?

Catch a Predator, Study its Prey

Reins baits utilize a shrimp scent. This adds another level of realism to the deception. Murphy explains that during his Aquaculture fish studies while working with bass, additives were used to entice bass to eat. “Shrimp and squid scents are extremely effective on freshwater bass.” Remember, Copepods are crustaceans.  

Rein's C-Pod

Rein's C-Pod

At 4” in length, the shrimp scented Rein’s C-Pod is available in wide range of colors.

For anglers looking to gain confidence, presenting lures that have a genetic imprint on fish should provide assurance. There are multiple ways to rig the Reins’ C-Pod. The methods that you can rig and deliver this bait are as diverse as your imagination.

Here is how Murphy likes to present the C-Pod. “With a very light 1/4 or 1/8 oz. bullet weight Texas rig, swimming the lure and occasionally allowing the C-Pod to make contact with the bottom.” “I’ve also caught bass drop shoting this bait but swimming the Texas set-up is my preferred technique.”    

More Food For Thought; Creature Baits and Tubes

Rotifers

Rotifers

Rotifers, much like Copepods are also microscopic free swimming planktonic animals. They differ from Copepods in that their bodies have a distinct ‘tube’ shape. We all know Smallmouth Bass have a reputation for favoring tube baits.

A Copepod is to a Largemouth like a Rotifer is to a Smallie. “A Rotifer is the first food source for Smallmouth Bass.” We also know that typically Smallmouth Bass prefer current/moving water, and Largemouth generally prefer calmer/still water.  You will find Copepods in calm water, and yes you guessed it Rotifers will be located in moving water. Do Smallmouth Bass consider, just like a Largemouth views creature baits, those tube baits are a larger Rotifer?

Murphy engaged in field studies. Photo courtesy Michael Murphy

Murphy engaged in field studies. Photo courtesy Michael Murphy

When Murphy isn’t studying aquatic science and designing lures you can find him competing in B.A.S.S. and FLW tournaments or professionally guiding on Lake Murray South Carolina as a Coast Guard approved Captain. 

Nice Field Office. Photo courtesy Michael Murphy

Nice Field Office. Photo courtesy Michael Murphy

You can learn more about Reins Professional Grade Fishing Tackle from Japan at http://reinsfishing.com/ Book an educational fishing charter with Captain Murphy at www.MichaelMurphyFishing.com or follow Murphy on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MMurphyFishing/

The Reins C-Pod is due to hit the market this fall 2017

Murphy on the Tournament Trail. Photo courtesy Michael Murphy

Murphy on the Tournament Trail. Photo courtesy Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy, thank you for sharing your expertise, and passion with the BBZ. It’s a pleasure to listen to a well-studied science-based perspective. I’m looking forward to fishing the C-Pod.

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