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Understanding How The Weather Impacts Fishing

As a person who has been enjoying the act of fishing for more than 30 years, there is one factor that often gets overlooked by anglers, and it's one that definitely shouldn't be. What I'm referring to is the weather, and other than whether or not it is raining, most anglers don't pay nearly enough attention to this force of Mother Nature when it comes to fishing. The weather has an incredible impact on whether or not the fish that we fish for are active and thus likely to be feeding.

I learned this lesson more than 20 years ago on a fishing trip with my Grandfather and have since studied the subject of how the weather impacts fishing. What I learned is that the weather has an incredible impact of whether or not we as anglers catch fish, and I have tried to use this information to my advantage ever since. In this article I will give you some tips to understanding how the weather impacts fishing and specifically fish behavior so that you can use the information to your advantage as well.

Without getting too detailed, I will outline a few of the basics that you can then use to your advantage the next time that you head out fishing. "The weather" as most of us know it revolves around air pressure and frontal systems, both of which impact a fishes behavior. Air pressure is measured with a barometer by human beings and fish detect air pressure changes through their air bladders. Fish are more comfortable when the pressure is high and or "stable" and tend to feed normally during these periods. Fish tend to feed heavily right before the air pressure begins to drop as well as when it is dropping. When does the air pressure drop, you ask? When a low pressure system pushes a high pressure system out of the way.

If you watch your local weather you will be able to see what kind of pressure system you are in and what kind of pressure system is coming in to your area. What you want to do is try to plan your fishing trips accordingly, so that you are fishing right before the pressure drop and while it is initially dropping. What you want to look for and focus on are low pressure systems approaching and overtaking high pressure systems. When this happens, fish will normally "turn on" for a period of time right before the air pressure begins to drop, and then feed heavily as it drops. Once the low pressure stabilizes, the fish will generally "turn off" and stop feeding for a couple of days.

Although the impact of the weather on fishing is a fairly complicated subject, the aforementioned basics will go a long ways towards helping you become a more successful fisherman. Put these simple rules to the test and find out for yourself just how effective they are and how much the weather impacts fishing and fish behavior.

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