Originally Posted by Steve C. Sink
PHIL yes, a fine old thread to pull back.
Everybody here needs to go back to PAGE 1 of this thread and reread the last FOUR posts. To me that nails the question of "education", however, I have absolutely no doubt that our non-human animals can learn. Call it trust, fear, instinct, or whatever you wish, it is still learning. A more important question to me is how long does that learning last within the various species of animals? With dogs and cats, it lasts a damn long time. The study of animal behavior, to me, is one of the most fascinating subjects on earth.
I just reread those Mule. I've read where in a small "study lake", fw catch n release bass would be harder to catch on the same lure over time. Even their offspring would be a little more skittish than the parents were initially. I don't know how much that translates into other species though. While some lures seem to be less effective over time, you get ones like BTJs that just keep on producing (on stripers)...and well!