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Atmospheric pressure and fishing
« on: September 30, 2011, 03:26:57 pm »
 :rain: I would like to know what others experience with high versus low atmospheric pressure. My neighbour at Zona Braza(Xai Xai) maintains that the fish don't bite when the pressure is low and it is a waste of time. I think he is right - what do you say guys?

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Re: Re: Wind & Fishing
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2011, 03:40:25 pm »
Atmospheric pressure is a good prediction of weather patterns.
Low pressure indicates stormy weather and the fish will go off the bite.
High pressure indicates fair weather and stable conditions... more chance of fish feeding during these conditions.
More importantly, is the very beginning of a dropping barometer - Fish will feed before an approaching storm or between the approaching fronts, or as the barometer rises and falls through the course of the day.
On a rising barometer (after a storm) the fish will feed better too. In my experience, it's when a Barometer starts to move that's important.

These are very basic, general guidelines, as there are always exceptions to the rule, but generally speaking...

 ■ Rising Barometer: Fishing is Best

■Rapidly Fluctuating: Indication of good fishing (regardless of fluctuating up or down).

■Static Barometer: Fishing is poor

■Falling Barometer: First part of fall is good fishing. After the fall continues for several hours, the more the it goes down the poorer fishing will be.

■Unusually Low Barometer: Donít bother as there is no fishing, because there will be a big storm!


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Re: Re: Wind & Fishing
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2011, 03:01:48 pm »
 (clap) Thanks for the info - it is exactly what I needed!

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Re: Atmospheric pressure and fishing
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2011, 06:50:32 pm »
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Re: Atmospheric pressure and fishing
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2011, 04:02:25 pm »
Now that is very good advice  :udman:
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Re: Atmospheric pressure and fishing
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2011, 04:22:13 pm »
Now the difficult part is matching the barometer with Sea Temperature, the tides, the wind, the current, the time of the day, the moonphase, your bait, your tackle and your cast!!  :rotfl

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Re: Atmospheric pressure and fishing
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2011, 04:33:21 pm »
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Re: Atmospheric pressure and fishing
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2011, 05:17:24 pm »
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Re: Atmospheric pressure and fishing
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2011, 06:16:28 pm »
My 2c,

The barometer has caused every grey hair I have on my head, we wont say how many but you get my drift...

Ok, now the CORRECT barometer reading differs throughout the areas and obviously what fish you are targeting and to a fare degree what depth they are found at, or where they are found in the water column.

Reefs is spot on, although the comment on a "Static" barometer not producing bites is up for debate, only because of the fact that it varies from place to place. For example, on our SA coastline we the fish tend to bite on the move of the barometer, rise and first drop, but in mozambique a stable barometer around 1018 is perfect and you will find all species of fish eating in that, deepsea and R&S. Also in opinion In mozam especially but here in SA, if you have a flucuating barometer, you will battle to get a get a constant pattern for the fish to settle, flucuations mean change in wind High pressure, low pressure, High pressure, low pressure and this may happen daily, one day east, one day west, just like the weather we are having in KZN now. This seems to  make the fish very uncomfortable as the pressure on the water is on and off.

Think of it like this, fish balance themselves through the amount of oxygen in the water, if you have this increasing and decreasing constantly you will be unbalanced.
For example, best way of thinking of it, as a person we need oxygen to breath, in ordr for us to live, eat, walk etc etc, no give us too little oxygen we will become lethagic and lame, give us too much oxygen we will pass out, give us lots and them a little and them lots we will probably pass out too, but keep that flow constant we will operate to the best of our ability. If we know that the supply will be gone soon we will try get as much nutrients into our bodies, by eating, to obviously with stand the bad times and visa versa with a rising barometer,

High pressure, deep lethagic fish\
Low pressure, deep lethagic fish
Stable, fishing gets better
Rise, good fishing
First drop, better fishing

Anyway that all varies in regards to alititude etc,

Thats my 2c and my personal experiences and many many hours of research..........


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Re: Atmospheric pressure and fishing
« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2011, 12:01:52 pm »
u learn something new everyday.... i understand low is bad rising is good.
now...

http://www.southafricanweather.co.za/aat/line_chart_48.asp?areaID=FALE


is this good or is this bad?
as someone who knows didly squat looking at this graph after understanding this post, id say the fishing is going to be awesome from 5.42 onwards.

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Re: Atmospheric pressure and fishing
« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2011, 08:38:10 am »
And when you are out at sea and you can see the wind coming as it whips up the surface, and you know you should be running home, the fish go on the mightiest feeding frenzy ever. This happens without fail and usually ont he days when you havnt had a decent pull all day. The temptation to stay is always there as the fish are bossies when this happens. eish.
I personally have always been too lazy to monitor pressure and catches, but am going to start doing it more to establish my own patterns for the species we target (were once allowed to target)

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Re: Atmospheric pressure and fishing
« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2011, 10:07:57 am »
Anyway that all varies in regards to alititude etc,

Thats my 2c and my personal experiences and many many hours of research..........

I was always taught that the altitude at the sea will always be the same - Sea Level?  :rotfl

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Re: Atmospheric pressure and fishing
« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2011, 06:37:48 pm »
As CASTSA said, I believe the oxygen in the water to be a major influence on fish behavior.  Have never been successful when the pressure is low. 

I remember an old fisherman's pointer - when the mountains are clearly visible the fishing will be good.  Makes sense as the fogginess on mountain tops is usually the result of low pressure.  Somehow they got it right!
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Re: Atmospheric pressure and fishing
« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2011, 12:10:11 pm »
and according to this chart fishing is going to be poor.
 
http://www.southafricanweather.co.za/aat/line_chart_48.asp?areaID=FALE

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Re: Atmospheric pressure and fishing
« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2011, 01:22:56 pm »
Yip all on the money by REEFS and CASTSA. I have learned to tell just by the weather and current. Slack current no bite (same as very Low Pressure). Just like TKEI said it is nearly 100% feeding frenzy before the storm.

Moz is prone to more constant conditions and we are not that is why a constant bite is very rare in RSA.

It is always a combination of conditions. Another one that works well is when the current is slackish and there is a scattered shower out at sea. The fish boil below it.


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Re: Atmospheric pressure and fishing
« Reply #15 on: October 18, 2011, 01:28:28 pm »
not always the case....


if the fish feeds 300m to the right of you....and you stay on one spot the whole day.... you wont have a good day...  regardless the barometric preasures....


i have seen it plenty of times on all kind of conditions....


regarding the oxygen the more... the harder the fish fights....

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Re: Atmospheric pressure and fishing
« Reply #16 on: October 18, 2011, 02:42:42 pm »
not always the case....


if the fish feeds 300m to the right of you....and you stay on one spot the whole day.... you wont have a good day...  regardless the barometric preasures....


i have seen it plenty of times on all kind of conditions....


regarding the oxygen the more... the harder the fish fights....

RH we are talking Offshore. We are never in the same spot. Sometimes the art is staying in one spot. We are constantly looking and searching with electronic apparatus designed for this function. If it is different for shore based so be it but I was not commenting on it.

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Re: Atmospheric pressure and fishing
« Reply #17 on: October 18, 2011, 03:55:07 pm »
eisch again..... REALY SORRY guys.....  :-)




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Re: Atmospheric pressure and fishing
« Reply #18 on: October 18, 2011, 03:59:43 pm »
eisch again..... REALY SORRY guys.....  :-)




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Re: Atmospheric pressure and fishing
« Reply #19 on: October 18, 2011, 04:01:22 pm »
i must admit you guys have some good topics!