Weather - a fisherman's friend?

  • Weather - a fisherman's friend?
    28.05.2011 14:38


    Angling is one of the most participated sports in the UK. Many a story has been told about ‘the one that got away’ but for those lucky enough to have landed a ‘monster’, is this down to angling skill or another variable, maybe the weather?

    Many meteorological components are expected to have an influence to the activity of freshwater fish of which wind strength and direction are two. The prevailing wind across the UK is west to south-westerly and it is in these conditions that many specimen hunters would choose to be out on the banks.

    The fish may be more active in these conditions because the wind direction is what they are used to, or alternatively due to the unsettled conditions these winds typically bring. Rainfall increases the lake water’s oxygen levels which unsurprisingly makes the fish more active.

    Winds also have an impact on the location of the fish. For instance, if a westerly flow was blowing across a lake, then food items in the water will get blown towards the eastern bank, often encouraging the fish to this area. Ripples on the lake caused by the wind are also said to give the fish more confidence feeding than when the water is flat calm.

    Air temperatures and thence water temperatures also have an effect. In the colder months of the year, the fish become much less mobile than in warmer temperatures. Hence, any one fish is less likely to swim over and pick up an angler’s bait.

    Many anglers will tell you that low atmospheric pressure conditions are favourable. Once again it is hard to determine whether it is the low pressure itself that seems to spurn the fish into feeding, or whether the weather which comes with this is the trigger, or if it is a combination of the two. A depression tends to bring precipitation and stronger winds than anticyclones, both of which could get those fish’s heads down.

    So next time you hear of an angler having had a ‘red letter day’ should you give them all the praise or have they had a helping hand from mother nature herself?

    By: Andy Ratcliffe