If you own a pond, live on a lake, or manage a fishery, you really should know about the great habitat innovations being created by Fishiding, a sponsor of Activist Angler. If you’re just an angler, you can learn a lot about what attracts fish at the website of the company that builds cover out of recycled materials.
One of the newest products is the “Hangout Artificial Fish Habitat, Fish Feeder.” As the name suggests, it combines cover with a food source.
In short, baitfish are drawn to a micro-floral community of bacteria and fungi, as well as protozoa and zooplankton, that grow on a matrix of plastic woven from recycled drinking bottles.
In turn, bass and other predatory fish are drawn to the baitfish.
Contained within a mesh bag, the food source hangs below 32 square feet of flexible vinyl limbs.
The unit can be hung from the underside of a dock, pier, or raft. It also can be tied to a tree limb or attached to a full size habitat unit or anchor, with foam added to the feeder bag for buoyancy.
“What started with the simplest idea and one crib model has helped turn the industry’s focus in the direction of artificial fish habitat products, lasting for many years to come,” said owner David Ewald.
“Our focus always has been to improve habitat for fish. We are now learning how many other water- and fishing-related benefits these products possess.”
Coincidentally, results from a three-year study in North Carolina reservoirs recently confirmed what fisheries biologists suspected: Artificial structures are better at attracting and holding fish over a long period of time than structures made of natural materials.