Saturday July 29, 2017

Fish that are stressed out are less likely to get caught

The study from the university of Illinois tested what qualities of large mouth bass affected whether or not they would bite a hook.

The study from the university of Illinois tested what qualities of large mouth bass affected whether or not they would bite a hook. (Alan Bishop)

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Imagine you're a fish - swimming around, minding your own business. Suddenly, something that looks like a tasty bug drops from the sky. 

Are you a nevous fish who wonders, maybe there's a catch? Or do you go for it and gobble it up, and maybe become the catch yourself? 

A new study set out to find out what makes a fish decide whether to grab the bait. And according to Dr. Cory Suski, an associate professor at the University of Illinois, it seems to come down to one thing: stress.

Fish illustration

(Ben Shannon)