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Changing with the Weather
By Chad  Brauer

There is probably not a more used excuse for a bad day of fishing than the weather. The longer I fish the more apparent it becomes to me that the most important factor in the day-to-day activities of a bass is the weather. Although there are many aspects of weather that can play a part in the life of a bass, there are few that seem to make a difference more often than others. The following are the factors I keep an eye on and the reasons why I feel they are important.

Sky Conditions
To me this is merely whether it is sunny, cloudy, or somewhere in between. This factor can change daily and even hourly. My general rule of thumb for its effect of bass is that under sunny, bright conditions bass will pull tighter to cover and under cloudy, darker conditions bass will be looser to the cover and will roam more. For example, if I am fishing a row of docks on a sunny day, the fish will most likely be in the shadiest part of the dock. This is a perfect situation for pitching my Strike King Pro Model Jig into these areas. Whereas the next day if it is cloudy those same fish will move to the outside edges of the dock and I might throw a Strike King Elite Spinnerbait around these docks to catch the fish.

Barometric Pressure
This is tough to monitor unless you pay attention to your local weather. Generally high pressure systems have a tendency to bring tough fishing, while low pressure systems usually lead to more active fish. I had observed this several times, and only recently read an article in Bassmaster Magazine entitled, "A Primer on Fishing Weather" by Don Quick. This article explained the reasons behind these observations.

The article stated that when pressure drops, organisms become more buoyant and float off the bottom. This makes plankton more vulnerable and baitfish can go into a feeding frenzy. This can stimulate predators like bass to feed on the baitfish. When the pressure rises, the plankton is pushed back toward the

 

 
 









 

 

 

  bottom where it is less vulnerable to baitfish. Thus the baitfish who are full of plankton go into a less active state along with the predators. I implement these ideas into my strategies by targeting fish with bottom bouncing baits like jigs on high pressure days and cover the upper section of the water column on low pressure days with a spinnerbait or topwater.

Wind
This is one factor that can make it tough and even dangerous to be on the water, but can also make a huge difference in your catch. I have always felt that wind makes bass more active. Spinnerbaits on windy banks has always been one of my favorite techniques. I feel like the wind pushes the plankton toward the bank, which in turn brings in the baitfish and bass. I also go to heavier baits in the wind. They are simply easier to throw.

Although you may not always be able to count on the weatherman to predict your weather, you can be sure that the bass are tuned into what is happening. An entire book could be written on how different aspects of weather effect bass, and these factors often work in conjunction with each other. You can rest assured that these three factors have been important to my fishing, and that I keep a constant eye on the weather every fishing day as well as the days preceding.
 
 
 

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