To be a successful fisherman, especially this time of year, you have to keep an eye on the weather. The changing weather conditions affect fish patterns and movement by causing changes in the barometric pressure, temperatures and light penetration. Add a warm or cold rain and wind to the equation and you have a whole spectrum of things, which affect the fish and fishing. The good news is that the water temperature changes slower than the air temperature, causing a delayed reaction in the fish moving from shallow to deep or from deep to shallow. The barometric pressure on the other hand has a more immediate effect on fish. Rising or falling barometric pressure normally stimulates fish to feed so if possible try to be on the water before a storm front approaches.
Bass have light sensitive eyes.........or do they?
Many fishermen across the Region believe that bass have light sensitive eyes and that's the reason they bite best during periods of low light. Normally you can catch the best stringers of bass during periods of low light like dawn and dusk or even at night. According to the biologists, all of the black bass family, which includes largemouth, smallmouth and Kentucky or Spotted bass are members of the sunfish family and whose eyes are not light sensitive. To the contrary they can exist in clear water in the sun as long as the water temperature is okay. The reason for the bass biting best during low light periods has more to do with the fact that they are a fierce predatory fish, preying on baitfish or about anything that swims, crawls or flies. The cover of darkness allows the predators to get closer to their prey undetected and launch a surprise attach with lightning speed.
Black is the only color of plastic worm to use at night........or is it?
Normally, black is the only color plastic worm that most fishermen use at night. The reason for this is that a fish often sees a silhouette of a bait and a darker silhouette is easier for a fish to see. But on nights with some moonlight or in a clear lake where there are a lot of lights around the shoreline, black may not be the color that a bass will prefer. This reason is that research has proven that bass can easily determine differences of color shades and experience has taught me that sometimes on a moonlight night a bass will hit a dark transparent purple worm much better than a black one. If you fish at night and haven't experimented with other dark colors, maybe you should give it a try. It may make the difference in catching a few fish or a lot of fish!
Seeing blue will help your fishing!
Though most fishermen don't fish with a blue lure, they should consider using them. It is a proven fact that the color blue holds its color over longer distances and is more visible than most other colors. The color red will lose its distinction at a normal water depth of only 10 feet. Yellow loses its color after 15 feet but the color blue will retain its color to a depth of 50 feet. Research to back this up has been done not only by fisheries biologists but also several state law enforcement agencies. This is the reason that in most states, the color that you don't want to see in your rear view mirror is blue. You can put this scientific knowledge to good use by fishing blue worms, a jig and pig, pork trailers, soft plastic baits, crankbaits and most any other type bait. Though not as popular as most other colors, a blue bait will help you put more fish in your livewell or on your stringer.
Using something whacky can help you catch more fish!
Most fishermen use a plastic worm rigged Texas style. This outfit has accounted for some of the best stringers of fish and exceptionally big fish for many fishermen across the Region. But you can also rig a plastic worm where it will be an effective fish catcher, especially this time of year under the current water conditions. There seems to be a lot of brush and vegetation in the water now in the lakes and rivers which will hold fish and a worm rigged without a sinker and hooked through the body instead of through the head will twist, flop and gyrate through the water causing a visual disturbance. Sometimes this is more than a bass can stand and they respond by viciously attacking your Whacky worm. Cast the Whacky worm to open water in areas in the thick vegetation. Let is sit for a few seconds and then give it a tug and......HOLD ON!