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 , 5:40 PM GMT on February 07, 2014
I wanted to share with you some of the tips and information that I shared with the great people who came out to the Bass Pro Shops in Harrisburg PA last night for the first of two segments that I'm doing there about fishing and the science of weather. If you're in the area and are able to come tonight from 4-8 (actual demonstration is from 7-8) you can hear me go into greater detail and ask questions. I'll also be posting some video later on after I finish editing it, but if you missed me last night and/or aren't able to come today, here's a bit about what I discussed.
Last night I was talking to people about how to drop shot for smallmouth bass. The drop shot is a rig that has your weight on the bottom, and your bait anchored to a hook at a location anywhere from 3 inches-3 feet depending on the depth you're fishing and where the fish strike. To do this properly you need to understand a lot of weather variables that are often overlooked, and if you don't do it right, you won't catch fish. It's also important to note that this is just MY way of doing this. By no means is this the ONLY way, but it's what works well for me.
My gear that I use is a Dobyns Champion 7 foot medium heavy spinning rod, Seaguar Fluorocarbon InvizX line in 8-12lb, Green Pumpkin 3 inch Bass Snax finesse worms, for weight I use nothing less than 1/2oz tungsten, and I only use Trokar hooks.
Current and Depth
It's important to understand that most lakes have some sort of current. Even if the top of the water looks completely still, you can have significant moving water that's 10, 20, 30 feet below the surface. This is why you do NOT want to move your bait all over, shaking your rod like crazy. You want to keep your weight in constant contact with the bottom of the lake so that your bait remains in the strike zone. If you move the bait like that, particularly when you have waves just a foot or greater, you're making it harder for the fish to eat your bait. You're also moving the weight off the bottom, effectively rendering your application useless. I will only shake the bait a tiny bit if there's absolutely NO wind, and the fish aren't reacting to my bait as it is. You have to remember that when you add current underwater that you can't see, with waves above water, wind, drift, your bait is getting a lot of movement from mother nature and that's really all it needs. Just let the bait do the work for you. When I finish editing the video I'll upload it to the Reel Weather YouTube page where you can not only see how to set up a drop shot, but you'll be able to see the bait in the water, and see how the fish react to it. In such a small, controlled environment you'll see the current there you'll begin to understand just how much this technique is impacted by the things that you probably took for granted.
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