Bringing the science of weather to the sport of fishing. I'll discuss how weather affects what the fish are doing and how to catch them!
By: Jim Root , 4:49 AM GMT on January 13, 2014
Ever heard the saying "A bad day fishing still beats a good day at work!"? I never bought into that. To me, there's nothing worse than getting skunked. And I felt that way long before I became a tournament angler (which means that I compete against other men and women to see who can catch the most weight over a period of time). It also means that my love of fishing forces me to be on my boat in some of the best (and worst) weather. I've come home with a great tan, and I've also returned completely waterlogged and frozen.
This amazing sport is ruled by weather like no other. In baseball, the game is delayed for a little rain; same with tennis or racecar driving. Football continues regardless of the weather, and the game plan is rarely changed other than you might not throw the ball as much. But in fishing, everything is dictated by weather. Barometric pressure, moon phase, wind speed and direction, water temperature, tide, fronts coming and/or going, season, cloud cover, and air temperature are just a few of the many variables!
Factors like these impact all aspects of fishing, not just the species you're targeting. Any change in weather can shift a fish’s focus to a particular food source or depth in the water column. Or make all the fish appear to just "shut down" altogether.
This is the largest largemouth bass I ever caught in NY, and it weighed just under 7 pounds. I caught it in a snowstorm April 18th, 2010, on a crankbait.
These are the reasons I began using Weather Underground in 2004. I needed accurate, detailed data that I could rely on for even the most remote areas. I knew that the saying "the fish weren't biting today" was untrue. The fish are always biting; they just tend to want different things from time to time. I'm going to be sharing tips, tricks, and insights to help you use the information provided by this amazing weather source that I hope will improve your fishing trips.
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