Every angler knows that the result of fishing directly depends on weather conditions. Weather strongly affects the behavior of the underwater inhabitants, especially it is noticeable in the moments of its abrupt changes. That’s why the prognosis of fishing in a particular region is always made based on meteorological forecasts. So how does weather affect fishing? Let’s take a closer look.
Atmospheric pressure is a powerful factor that can dramatically change fishing. And both for the better and the worse. Simply speaking, this is the force with which the air consisting of gases affects (presses) the surface of the planet and everything on it. For example, on living organisms, including fish. The atmospheric pressure in the range of 757 to 763 mm of the mercury column is considered normal, comfortable for living organisms, and going beyond these limits has a negative effect on people and underwater inhabitants. We can feel it in the form of headaches, weakness, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, and other dysfunctions. Fish react in about the same way to severe changes in pressure. It refuses to eat, stops, and bide its time. So weather and fishing have a lot to do with each other.
The fish tries to adapt to the new conditions. In theory, with increasing pressure, it rises closer to the surface, and with decreasing pressure, it sinks to the depths. While it is busy searching for a comfortable habitat, it has no time for food. When the pressure stabilizes, the underwater inhabitants become active again.
After the rain
Precipitation is another factor influencing the behavior of predatory and peaceful fish species. It has been noticed that in summer fish bite well before and after the rain. Precipitation is directly related to atmospheric pressure. It usually goes down before it rains. Fish feels it and starts to feed actively on the threshold of inclement weather. Excellent biting after rain can be explained by the improvement of the oxygen regime in the reservoir.
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Fishing and weather
In winter, snowfall is always associated with cyclones, weather changes, including atmospheric pressure. It has a very negative impact on fishing, although there are cases when even during the long snowfall a certain type of fish bites well.
Wind and fishing
Wind – the movement of air masses affects the temperature regime and roughness on the reservoir, and hence the bite. It comes in different directions, duration and strength, affects the water surface, creates waves. When the wind is strong, fishing becomes hard work because it is difficult to control the tackle. A weak and moderate wind plays into the hands of the fisherman, because thanks to a small wave or ripples, the fish do not see and do not hear the man, they lose their vigilance.
The wind direction also affects the catch. For example, in early spring and late autumn, when the water is cold, a warm south wind has a positive effect on the biting, and at the height of the summer heat – a cool north wind.
Compared with atmospheric pressure, the wind is not such a significant factor, but the beginning of the movement of air masses is a harbinger of weather changes.
Cloudiness and fishing
Cloudiness also has a sufficient impact on biting. In summer, on cloudy days, the fish are quite active, especially predatory. The fact is that the shroud of clouds does not allow the sun to heat the water to high temperatures. Under such favorable conditions, peaceful species head for the shallow waters teeming with various animals, while predators follow them. The opposite is true on clear summer days. Because of the heat, the fish are forced to spend most of their time in deep water and only go out for short feeding trips in the morning and evening.