Last week I posted what I thought was a pretty innocuous how-to article.
Who knew it would create so much commentary and controversy!
You’ll recall we were talking about the Knocker Rig (right) as an intentional rigging to take advantage of the sound and vibration created to attract the attention of our target species…in this case, structure oriented bass.
After I posted the article, a reader tagged her friend to share the information with him.
His response was…
“Sh*t. That’s the Marina Del Rey twilight rig !!!! Been around a long time!!! Some one else taking credit for this !!!! A$$hole”
First of all, thanks to everyone who has my back. As many of you pointed out, I didn’t try to take credit for inventing it. I just observed it and wrote about it. It didn’t bother me really. I was more amused that someone would get that worked up that I didn’t at least add…AKA the MDR Twilight Rig. Sheesh!
Multiple Discovery AKA Simultaneous Invention
“The concept of multiple discovery (also known as simultaneous invention) is the hypothesis that most scientific discoveries and inventions are made independently and more or less simultaneously by multiple scientists and inventors.” – Wikipedia
It’s not hard to imagine that someone didn’t have a heavy enough leadhead at some point and added egg sinkers to make it heavier. Easy to see how multiple anglers tried it decades ago and in the process discovered it fished better than their buddy who was just using a leadhead.
Necessity is the mother of fishing invention, right?
In the ensuing conversation, many captains and crewmembers, past and present, stated as much. One reader, Daniel Powell, shared “I remember offering a guy a larger leadhead when I was 17 working on the Grande. He says no, he likes the ‘eggs on his head’ and he chuckled.”
The best anglers I know are always questioning the status quo, testing out theories, and trying to further refine their knowledge.
One of my favorite things to do is go to a tackle store on my various travels and see if anything they do there might transfer to the fishing we do here.
On that tip, my friend Jason Brooks, an outdoor writer/photographer from my home state of Washington, Googled “rattling lure” and found this gem from the East Coast, the Rattle Blackfish Jig. It incorporates rattling beads inside the leadhead for a more elegant solution to creating that bass attracting sound. Supposedly this jig caught a world record striped bass. Its creator says the sound mimics that of crabs crawling on the rocks.
Had angry MDR twilight guy been a little more open minded, he might have caught this one and other gems from the conversation that I’m looking forward to trying.
From Stew Suenaga (right), one of the fishiest guys I know, increase the scale on the knocker rig to target lingcod fishing the big swimbait.
Or from Daniel Powell again, using the 80 gram Flat Fall as an alternative to the knocker rig (or leadhead and squid). He said it’s been deadly for him targeting sand bass and halibut.
I think I’ll try that one this weekend on one of my local rides. The fishing was pretty slow again this last week. Staying local seems like a good option. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Good luck if you get out there.