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Shad Identification

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Using Barometric Pressure To Help You Catch More Fish

Some general rules regarding barometric pressure are:

  • When the pressure trend is high, the typical weather will call for clear skies. Fish slow down, find cover or go to deeper waters. Slow down lures and use baits more attractive to fish. Fish in cover and in deeper waters.
  • When the pressure trend is rising, the typical weather will be clearing or improving. Fish tend to become slightly more active. Fish with brighter lures and near cover. Also fish at intermediate and deeper depths.
  • When the pressure is normal and stable, the typical weather will be fair. The fishing trend will be normal. Experiment with your favorite baits and lures.
  • When the pressure begins to fall, the weather will begin degrading. During this perios the fish become more active. Speed up your lures. Surface and shallow water lures may work well.
  • When the pressure becomes slightly lower, the skies will usually become cloudy. Many fish will head away from cover and seek shallower waters. Some fish will become more aggressive. Use shallow running lures at a moderate speed.
  • When the pressure trend becomes low, the weather will most likely be rainy and stormy. Fish will tend to become less active the longer this period remains. As the action subsides, try fishing at deeper depths.
  • Barometric pressure is just one of many factors that effect fish feeding habits. Other effects include water temperature, light, tidal forces, water clarity, the pH level, water levels, wind/surface disturbance, boat traffic, fishing pressure, and so on. Another good judging factor of fishing is the solunar effects which play a role in the tidal and illumination factors.

    Common Sense Tips

    Be Quiet: Always use a quiet approach when you come into a fishing area. Sounds such as splashing, trolling motors on high speed, gas engines or dropping items in the boat will put fish on alert. Fish will sense a change in their environment and become spooked. A low profile will enhance your chances of catching the fish you desire. Remember a quiet approach is better than making noise.

    Casting Your Shadow: Try to fish with the sun in your face, (don't forget your polarized sun shades) to avoid casting your shadow where you fish. If the sun is on your back it will cast your shadow towards the fish. This is especially true when fishing freshwater for Trout or Bass. The fish will perceive your shadow as an impending prey such as an eagle, ospry or angler. Decrease all possible opportunities to alert the fish.

    Casting Quietly: Cast your lure with a quiet entry to decrease noise. The more natural you can enter the fishes environment the better your chances. If you can't make a quiet entry when casting, cast 10-15 feet past your target area, then reel back to your target.

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