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Stormy weather
I know the basic anwser to what I am asking is get out of the water. However I've always wondered about lightning while in the water. Is it higher odds in a tube than in a boat or on the shore to get struck? I'm laughing to myself thinking "you're legs are in the water and your holding a graphite rod, what do you think?" Would waders make it worse,better,no difference?
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Re: [soonernick] Stormy weather In reply to
CoolLightning does not always come straight down...to a tall building or tree. Out on the water it can go sideways, skipping over the water. If you are a high point, with a graphite rod waving around, you are inviting an electrifying experience. Wearing waders means nothing. The water is the conductor.

I have been fishing a couple of times when the hair on the back of my arms stood up and my line floated in the air after a cast. I jam my rods down into the water and throw a rooster tail getting back to shore.
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Funny story about this. I was at a lake last year with Poky-mon. It was raining and you could here thunder, but no lightning.
I started to row back to shore as the rain was coming down a little more and the waves were starting to kick up (plus Breakfast was ready LOL).
I put my rods in a holder behind me and then I row. The hair on my arms started to stand up. I kept hearing this clicking noise. I checked my radio...off, that was the only electronics I had on the boat. I still hear the clicking.
I looked back at one of my rods to see if the fly came out of the keeper and it was getting pulld. Nope flies still in keepers. BUT! I reached back to grab my rod and got SHOCKED BAD! There was so much static in the air I swear I could taste metal.Crazy
Not a good place to be in a storm in my book, but, hten there is the one about the couple in the Uinta's that took there aluminum chairs under a nice big Pinetree to wait out a storm and they were fried.Pirate



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Re: [flygoddess] Stormy weather In reply to
and here I was waiting for you to say your red hair was standing on end.. Sly...

jus teasing sis.....Sly


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It probably was, but I had one of my many HATs on.Laugh



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oooppppssss forgot about them.. .Sly

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You are correct. Just get off the water. However, I do have a good lightning story.

I was fishing at Henry's lake when all of a sudden the Brookie bite just went wild. I was 300' yards or so off of the hatchery when an electric storm came in quick. I started paddling for shore, but decided to keep fishing on my way in. Every time I raised my graphite fly rod to cast I could here the static in the air sizzle. So I just dumped the line out the front and back kicked to get the line out. I caught four huge brookies on my way in. The problem was fighting them without raising my rod in the air. Everytime I would get it up a little I would be reminded of how much electricity was out there. I released the fish by pulling them in up to the first guide and just popping the fly out of their mouth without even removing them from the water.

I was a lot younger and dumber then. I still think about this hair raising experience from time to time with fond memories. I suspect it could have been a deadly experience just as easily.

Windriver
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Re: [windriver] Stormy weather In reply to
okay...note to self.. if out on the water in a thunderstorm.. kick like mad and get out of the water.. no rods in the air.. got it.. I think.. Smile


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Why is it that the fish really decide to bite under such circumstances? Anyone have a theory?

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Re: [zonker] Stormy weather In reply to
maybe revenge on the anglers who are on the top of the water trying to catch them with a hook in their mouth??


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Maybe they are thinking that no one is stupid enuf to try to catch them in that weather. Well I'll show them! I was fishing last year and I knew a storm was coming but I thought I had a few hours. As soon as I got about an hour from launch it came with a vengeance. Not much lightning but I could not see to the end of my pole because of the rain. I said to myself I'm gone and started to book it across the water. I kept fishing on the way and caught some nice fish. I think fish know when there are less chances of being caught.
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CoolFish are incapable of conscious thought...I think. But, they do respond to sudden changes in atmospheric conditions...either positively or negatively. And, there does not seem to be a universal response. Not all species react the same and even among the same species sometimes they act in different ways to apparently the same set of conditions.

Most anglers have their stories of fish suddenly turning on with an approaching weather front, and then shutting down after the front passes. But, just as often the fish will either stop or start biting for no apparent reason. Sometimes there is a change in barometric pressure. Other times it is something else. I have never interviewed a fish to ask them the right questions, so I can only guess.
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I your right about the way a fish thinks. All of us are guilty of over thinking sometimes. I think fish are like most animals. They want the best meal with the least amount of work and the weather can make it easier for them to feed.
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I wondered if the storm causes there Lateral lines to tingle like the hair on our arms and with their smaller brains react to that as a feeding thing.



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CoolThe lateral lines are more for detecting vibrations in the water. Their air bladders are most sensitive to pressure changes. But, that is something I could never figure out to my own satisfaction anyway. If a fish moves up and down in the water column, it goes through many times more pressure changes in a few feet than the air pressure changes at water level when a storm front moves through.

The best we can do is speculate and keep fishing every chance we get. When the fishing is good, it is because we are great anglers. When the fishing is bad...blame it on the weather, or the moon, or your fishing buddy, or whatever. Couldn't possibly be anything you didn't do right.
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I bought a perfect T-Shirt in Montana that says it all:





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CoolThat is great.

I have long believed that a good angler can catch fish on the "wrong" lure or fly...wheras a "sucker" can't catch nuttin' even on the hot pattern of the day.

I am sure you have had similar experiences to my own. Sometimes when I am out on the water and catching lots of fish, some dimbulb will talk me out of one of my hot lures. They then proceed to fish it in the wrong place and the wrong way...in spite of complete instructions. THEN...of course your lure is to blame. It is no good.
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I think there is luck involved too. I tube with my Dad alot and we are always very close in catches. Sometimes I'll have the big one some days he will but numbers are always close. About once or twice a year one of us will smoke the other and we fish almost identical. Some days your the dog and some days your the hydrant.
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I have found out by mean of my fishing log book that when the barrometer is rising or falling the fish go into a good bite mode. This was noted during cloudy, rainy, lightning filled skies and put moon phase, majors, minors and other circumstances into the trash can.Cool


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I have found out by mean of my fishing log book that when the barrometer is rising or falling the fish go into a good bite mode. This was noted during cloudy, rainy, lightning filled skies and put moon phase, majors, minors and other circumstances into the trash can.Cool

I have found pretty much the the same. Only water depth seems to matter more.
But I have often wondered how do they know what barometric pressure is present in the first place?

Norm

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found this on a web site... I am guessing that since barometric pressure has an effect on the waters surface.. then the fish can sense the changed in that pressure.. and if I am not mistaken.. doesnt barometric pressure increase during a storm.. if so then it would "apply" more pressure on the surface of the water.. in which case the fish.. especially in shallower waters would sense and react to this??

here is the quote from that site..

Tims Fish Page: "Barometric pressure is the measure of the weight of the atmosphere above us. It exerts pressure on the waters we fish and even on us. In fact, it can change how well some people feel. It is believed by many, that it may have a similar and even more dramatic effect on fish effecting their feeding habits."

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so next time you guys get together and fish and a storm comes in stick your head under the water and see if theres a pressure difference on your ears. and if you think there is, catch the fish, and if not, drink Tn2's beer. I don't think he'd mind.Wink
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the best time to fish....is when you can.
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When the barometric pressure is great enough to collapse my beers, then it is definitely time to get out of the water and start throwing a Super Stretchy.

I would rather fish in the rain.Cool


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Re: [poky-mon] Stormy weather In reply to
..if he has four coolers of beer available.. Im there.. Sly

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