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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

• When it rains

This post is only about my personal experiences fishing in the rain. Rain is not something a lot of fishermen like to deal with. The first thing that always worries me is the possibility of lightning. I never fish when lightning is around. If I hear thunder, it's time to go in, although I admit I will usually take my sweet time getting back to the house or to dry land just in case that one big bite awaits my next cast. I really don't like getting soaked. Here's the thing though. You'll hear story after story about the best fishing someone ever had when the rain is coming down. You still won't catch me out there getting drenched in a downpour. If the wind picks up, you definitely won't see me out there.

There's just something inside of me that loves the sight of a slow rain on its way. I get my butt out there on the bank or pier before it starts coming down. What kinds of things do I throw? I always have my spinnerbait ready. I never opt for plastics of any kind. Others I have ready to go include a buzzbait, a rattle trap, a Rapala floater, and a swimblade. My instincts always tell me to throw something topwater. I always have better luck with lighter colors, but throw whatever you feel like. When it starts to sprinkle, I switch to the topwater right away or work the rattle trap across the entire stretch. When the rain picks up, I'll swap between the spinnerbait and topwater and call it quits until the rain calms down again.

When the rain has slowed to a trickle or has moved on, I notice how green everything is around me. I go back to tossing a spinnerbait, swimblade, or frog, and direct my focus towards fishing shallow water. A plastic frog should do wonders in that setting. I tend to catch bass in the 2lb plus range just after a rain, so now you understand my expressive enthusiasm. Things die down pretty quick in my experience, so living near the water has its benefits. You need to get on 'em before the opportunity is gone.


JM Ridlon said...

You gotta get some frog togs! As long as I am comfortable; that is, not wet, I'm happy, and I've had some of my best days when it is downporing and windy as hell. I have to agree with the topwater, especially from late spring through early fall. I use the rico pop, especially around rip-rap or docks. You can get into some good fish in the worst weather. I'm waiting for December when the strippers come up into the Chesepeake Bay. Talk about some nasty weather; the colder, and more windy it gets, the better they seem to bite. I always say "as long as the fish are biting, the weather is beautiful."