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Fish that are stressed out are less likely to get caught

A new study shows that a fish's reaction to stress is the biggest indicator of whether or not it will 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)

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.

(Ben Shannon)

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