Sunday, August 21, 2011

Day 101: The Calm Before The Storm

An egret taking a rest in the back of Lenape Lake.
When: Sunday, August 21st, from 12:40pm to 1:20pm
Where: Lenape Lake, Cranford
What: Bass fishing with ultra-light tackle
Weather: Light rain. Cloudy with thunderstorms in the area. 83 degrees. South wind at 14mph.
Barometric Pressure: 29.91in. and falling
Moon: Third Quarter
Water Conditions: Clear

I was starting to think there weren't any bass in Lenape Lake, but I finally caught one.

Although this fish was incredibly small, it was better than nothing.

I knew that once again I was going to be dealing with a threat of thunderstorms on Sunday. Since the storms were not supposed to roll-in until later in the day, I got started on my writing for The Fisherman early so I could take a noon break to go fishing.

Timing is everything.

There was some light rain when I left my house and thunder in the background as I approached the lake. I felt pretty safe at the distance of the storm though and knew the heavy stuff wouldn't be coming until later.

After about 15 or so minutes of fishing on a dead-looking lake, something changed. I noticed carp jumping out of the water, sunfish swiping at insects near the surface and bass chasing bait towards the center of the lake. The barometric pressure was falling due to approaching storms. Fish actively feed when pressure is changing and this is believed by many to be the absolute best time to go fishing. Mid-day on an 83-degree day in August is not your typical best time to fish, but here was all this activity on Lenape Lake...and I caught my fish in the midst of it. I had a friend fishing in Bergen County at the same time who also had success as the barometric pressure fell.

So, I've decided to include in my log information what the barometric pressure is and what it is doing on each of my trips. As I've said before, part of the reason for doing this is to gain a better knowledge of fish behavior, and it seems that in contrast to my opinion of moon phases, barometric pressure has a lot to do with how fish feed.

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