If you needed proof, here’s a perfect example of why bird baits catch fish.
What’s all the fuss about the suicide duck? Savage Gear’s Suicide Duck won the best hard bait category at iCast this year, and it’s easy to see why. Big baits catch big fish, and this one is no exception. However, if you needed proof that bass and other fish prey upon baby ducks, well then you need to feast your eyes on this clip.
Bass angler Kane Simpson shared this footage of a baby duck scrambling across a weed mat looking for safety. Unfortunately for the duck, it managed to swim directly into the face of danger, and became a quick meal with a short slurp at the water’s surface. See it for yourself.
Of course, presentation is everything, and there are countless topwater designs of different presentations out there. However, many of these bird baits are so realistic and give the fish something they may not have seen before. The possibilities in this new realm of designs are endless, even carrying over into the fly angling world.
The photo above shows a bird bait created from deer hair by Garrett Lesko, who ties big bait designs for bass. You can view more of his work on Instagram.