On The Move
Looking back over the
years I have spent fishing, one thing may have kept
me from catching more fish than anything else. I
wasn't "on the move" when I needed to be. If you
only fish from the bank and you only have access to
one small area on your local fishing hole, read no
further. If you only fish "your favorite spot" this
article is for you!
In the past when I went fishing, I used to head to
the last place I caught fish and set up camp. If I
started to catch fish right away I would stay put
and enjoy the day! If I didn't start catching fish
right away, I would stay anyway and spend the rest
if day wondering why I wasn't "having any luck."
Conditions dictate the location of fish on any given
day. Obviously if you have a favorite spot where you
have usually done well in the past, it's because
under certain conditions a fish might find that same
area just as attractive as you do. Chances are your
favorite spot holds important elements that a fish
needs although certain conditions could make other
areas more desirable instead.
The following conditions are very important to a
fish. Whenever you go fishing, make sure to consider
them along with other factors that may affect fish
location. To illustrate my point, I will use myself
as the example to give you a different perspective
when you compare it to locations at your local
fishing hole... Let's say for the sake of this
example my favorite location is somewhere within the
living room in my home. It has everything I need to
be comfortable, and UNDER NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES you
should find me there.
FOOD SOURCE - The kitchen is close to the living
room and has plenty of food. Even though I visit the
kitchen I don't actually eat there.
If it's a Sunday afternoon during football season,
chances are there may be food consumed in the living
room while I am lounging in my easy chair watching
the game. Sometimes I ll eat a meal while watching
the news or more likely a weather forecast.
If it's a family meal or holiday meal then you will
find me in the dining room during dinner time, not
the living room.
(A fish will usually stay near a food source)
TEMPERATURE - To stay comfortable I go where it's
cool in the summer, and warm in the winter. My
living room USUALLY is at a comfortable temperature,
If the air conditioning broke down in the Summer, it
would be cooler outside the house. Look for me to be
in an area where a breeze is blowing in, or under a
shade tree. That's where I'll be the most
If the heater went out in the Winter, I would head
to the garage and fire up the wood stove.
(Extreme temperature changes or unseasonably hot and
cold weather affects fish location)
TRAFFIC AND NOISE - When I am home I value quiet
time as well as the "normal" family traffic and
noise. With normal traffic and noise I m comfortable
in the living room, but .
If my wife or one of the kids is having a social
gathering with a couple dozen of their closest
friends and the living room happens to be the main
hub of activities do you know where I will be?
That's right! In the garage putting on new line,
organizing my fishing gear, cutting the grass,
changing oil in my truck, ANYPLACE but the living
If somebody is running the sweeper in the living
room or dining room I ll escape to another part of
the house too. I just don t like the added noise or
(If your lake has a lot of fishing pressure or
traffic, try to find areas away from the crowds or
off the beaten path. Also try to fish on weekdays, a
couple of days before the weekend should be more
productive than the two days following a weekend!)
There you have it, I listed just three examples or
conditions that could and do affect the location of
fish wherever you go. I hope this helps you to stay
"on the move" the next time you go fishing.
Presently I don't have a set time that I spend in
one area before I move on. Usually in 15 to 20
minutes if I'm not catching any fish at all or only
catching the little guys I'm ready to move on to
bigger and better things. Try to set a time limit
that you are willing to stay in each location
without catching fish the next time you go fishing
and to stick to it. Just because they aren't biting
in your favorite spot doesn't mean they aren't
biting somewhere else! Take the time to pack up and
move around a bit, you stand a better chance of
finding active fish rather than letting them find
you. If you don't end up catching fish you will have
given it your best shot and maybe even learned some
"new water" that will be productive for you sometime
in the future. Remember when they aren't biting, you
might need to be "on the move."
I'll see you at the lake!
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