I’m sure everyone has heard of a strange or unusual way to catch fish. There have been books written about this topic, some of which include some odd but possibly useful ways to land fish.
One such way could be coined as the ‘Beehive method’. Sounds dangerous but makes sense. I would not suggest trying it if you are allergic to bees. The author of 100 Weird Ways to Catch Fish, John Waldman says that the technique is probably used more in literature then in real practice. One of Waldman’s friends tested the theory after reading about it.
Basically what the angler does is catch a live bee in a covered jar. After shaking the jar to make the bee angry; the angler ties the jar or bottle to the pier in the water. The buzzing and jiggling of the bee in the jar drives some species of fish crazy and attracts them to that spot, making them easy to catch. Waldman writes that the bee can be replaced by minnows or guppies and may have the same effect.
If you want to test the method, you should probably avoid the annoyed bee after you are done with it. It makes sense and technically could work though, since fish are attracted the most by action in the water and an angry caged bee would provide action. Though I’m sure there is a lure out there that can provide the same type of action with no risk to the fisher.
Bees and bee-catching aside, fish are attracted to action, anything that can create action is a plus when trying to catch fish. This method was probably created with the intention to provide that kind of action. Oddness of the method aside, it does create the action needed to attract fish.
Odd methods have been used for years to catch fish and provide something that a fishers’ current method may lack. Do you as an angler have any odd methods that seem to work for you?