Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Day 320: The C-Word

It was colder than it looks out there.
When: Tuesday, March 27th, from 5pm to 5:30pm
Where: A small farm pond near my office
What: Fishing with spinners and Tiki Sticks
Weather: Much cooler, fair skies, 51 degrees, N wind at 9mph
Barometric Pressure: 30.30in and slowly falling
Moon: Waxing, 4 days past new
Water Conditions: Muddy

What is the C-Word to a fisherman?

Cold-front.

There are many environmental and seasonal patterns that play a factor in fishing conditions, but few things can complicate fishing better than a hearty drop in temperature. This is especially true in the Spring when fishing can be hit or miss to begin with.

Today was a perfect example.

I was at this pond last week and it was brimming with life. The shoreline was lined with sunfish, bass of all sizes and big carp. Not to mention turtles and frogs and other kinds of stuff scurrying through the bushes.

It was also 70 degrees or above every day last week. Last night, the temperature dropped to 30 and barely scratched its way past 50 during the day.

And lo and behold, not a single sign of life on the pond.

I may have been able to whip up a bite or two out if I had more time to try different lures, but I had to get to a work event by 6pm.

This was definitely some good information though. I got to see first hand what a drastic effect a temperature change can have on a body of water, and further support the notion that nothing can shut down fishing like a good cold front.

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