As a person who has been fishing for more than 30 years, there is one thing that I see getting overlooked more than almost anything when it comes to catching fish and that one thing is the weather. For many anglers the weather is just something that impacts how comfortable they will be while they are fishing. Is it going to rain? How hot or cold is it going to be? Is it going to be windy today? These are all questions that everyone thinks to his or herself before heading out to do some fishing, but the truth of the matter is that all of these questions have to do with the fisherman and not the fish and whether or not you are aware of it, the weather has an affect on the fish as well.
So, how does the weather affects fishing or more to the point the fish that we are fishing for? Well, although this subject can become extremely complex if you are interested in such things, I have found that there are certain things that even the novice fisherman can use to their advantage if they are aware of them. Although I’m not going to be able to outline all of them in one quick article, I can provide the highlights, which by themselves should help you to experience more success on the water.
Let’s begin with a little thing called the barometer. A barometer is an instrument that measures the pressure in the air and as the air pressure changes, fish tend to become more or less active, and thus tend to feed or not feed. Any weather forecast will provide you with the barometric pressure and whether or not the pressure is rising, falling, or stable. As anglers we need to be interested in whether the barometric pressure is rising or falling.
You see, fish will react differently depending on whether the barometric pressure is falling or rising. Here are some simple rules that will help you be on the water at the most opportune times. When the barometer is falling the fishing tends to be good to great, and just so you know a falling barometer usually also means that the weather is deteriorating as well. On the other hand when the barometer is rising the fishing will be fair to midland, and once a high pressure system sets in to your fishing area, the fishing will taper off dramatically.
Next we nave frontal systems. Frontal systems come in three mains types which are warm, cold, and stationary. For the purpose of brevity I’m just going to outline the simple rules concerning each type of front so that you can start using this aspect of the weather to your advantage. Cold fronts are generally thought to have a negative affect on fishing. I’ve heard many people say that fish seem to have lock-jaw immediately following a cold front passing through the area. Warm fonts, on the other hand, are generally thought of as “fish catching fronts” by many anglers. As the name might suggest, stationary fronts are neither good or bad for fishing, they just are.
The bottom line is that the weather definitely has an effect on fish and thus fishing and the aforementioned tips pertaining to this phenomenon will certainly help you to catch more fish the next time that you head out onto the water. Even this admittedly rudimentary explanation will enable anyone to use the weather to their advantage when fishing.