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Which direction to face when ambushing?

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Sep 21, 2018
I was wondering, what criteria do you use for the direction you face in when waiting in ambush? I fish in the mediterranean and I know to try and hide, I know the areas where different types of fish are, and I know it's better to have the sun behind me. I'm still new to this though, and a lot of times I'm making those throat sounds and after seeing nothing ahead I turn around to see all the little fish gathering behind me. Other times the direction I face costs me, like today when a gilt-headed bream came from behind me and I never had a shot.

First I reasoned that I should face against the current since fish will be cruising down, and maybe won't hear me as well, making it easier to go undetected. Then I tried facing down current thinking the fish must hear the throat sounds carried by the current. I've tried both but each time I seem to luck out. What seems the best indicator though is to camp at a spot facing a group of chromis chromis (little black fish). I'm sure others know how much they react to nearby predators. I don't know from which side to face them though. Always towards the deep? I have had some luck in spotting bigger breams when facing the deep, especially if I was unnoticed going down. Other times I would see them coming from a direction parallel the shore.

I live in a place without rocks. This is why I can't find convenient spots that keep me entirely hidden. It's like a gamble on different patches of Poseidon grass. There are a few ledges and mounds of vegetation, but it's still a matter of picking a side to camp on, because I will always be partially exposed.
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