Throw Flashers: How to Use Them and How They Help Land Fish
A throw flasher is a simple, inexpensive, and easy method of attracting fish. The biggest benefit to throw flashers is you are able to keep them tucked into your weight belt for if you should need them. Additionally, you are able to place them precisely where you want them, as long as it is within throwing distance.
Throw flashers can have varied designs to help them fall through the water with more motion. They can also be designed with items to speed up or slow down the rate they sink. Most throw flashers are designed to have multiple flat surfaces facing different directions so light can reflect off of it in multiple directions. Throw flashers are usually designed to mimic bait fish scales in a bait ball. This is all to attract predatory fish to what is thought to be a potential meal.
Like most flashers, throw flashers are most commonly used in bluewater spearfishing. When floating in the oceanic desert that bluewater spearfishing can be, it certainly helps to make your own oasis. A throw flasher can be just that edge you need to help bring fish in while drifting through the abyss. They work even better when used in combination with a flasher float and some kind of flasher rig.
Throw Flashers on the Reef
While they were not initially designed to be used on reefs and other shallower structure they certainly can be used to get the attention of some fish species. Snappers, grouper, and other predatory species have been entranced by a throw flasher from time to time. Any fish that has a predatory instinct and eats small bait fish has a tendency to be interested and attracted to throw flashers. On the reef you can simply hold the throw flasher in your hand and reflect light at fish to get their interest.
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