Experienced fishermen have long noticed: if the night intensified north wind – expect bad fishing. If in the morning breeze blowing south – can luck. If Dawn is quiet and light and water, as a judge, if the day is clear, serene and clear, and the sky is high, but the carp does not take – it means that one day, two frown sky winds, the rains, the weather turned bad. What’s the matter? Why carp feed stops long before the weather changes, wind direction and barometric pressure? How and who “inform” him about the upcoming changes, which people do not even suspect?
“Fish are not as stupid as we often imagine they represent” – once said one of the scientists. This is – the most sensitive group of animals, subtly responsive to changes in the weather, movement in the atmosphere of space and radiation phenomena. For millions of years they have fought for their existence and have developed such rules of conduct, such a reaction that cause them to accurately predict the state of the environment, to go into the pits and shelters to escape the elements and disasters, ceasing at that time to walk and eat.
And anglers tortured eternal question: what is the most affected by the bite carp: the north wind or a change in atmospheric pressure, the water level has risen or inclement weather, the approach of a thunderstorm, time of year or day, rain or bucket, heat or cool weather. According to Max Piper, this is the most sensitive issue of all the fishing sports. And if I ever will be able to answer it, the fish will lose all their charm and attractiveness: the fact that today is overflowing with art activities tomorrow will turn into a “fishing technology.” But the question that is so associated with the entire process of catching, that it is impossible to get away from him, because every cast – this is a special experiment to solve the problem.
What are the causes of the deterioration of carp fish with sharp pressure variation and its abrupt rise? Scientists say: apparently, they can be associated with changes in the buoyancy of the fish when the atmospheric pressure changes. The gases that fill the carp swim bladder, when the pressure is compressed and with decreasing – increasing. Changing the volume of a bubble – the buoyancy of the fish varies. It then draws up – at a pressure drop, then pulls to the bottom – at a pinch. Sudden pressure fluctuations associated with the need to increase the amount of gas in the swim bladder, then reduce it, obviously, very uncomfortable and create conditions for the common carp.
If the atmospheric pressure is high – carp goes to the coast, feeding in the shallows; in those cases, when the weather is inclement, and the atmospheric pressure is low, carp slips into the depths, into the pits and whirlpools. The most unfavorable winds are: north, east, northeast. They usually are cold and always carry with them the reduction of air and water temperatures. This significantly affects the behavior of thermopile fish, primarily carp.
Not saying anything definitively, I nevertheless inclined to believe that catches carp highly excited during a rainstorm or even normal rain. Millions of atmospheric water droplets falling from a great height and striking the surface of the pond, the strongest way it is aerated with oxygen: in the river or lake reigns drunken spree. That’s why after the rain, and at times during it, the biting happens active carp.
But to discuss this topic further. Here is one of dependency or, rather, the relationship of natural phenomena. As the north wind is always cold and reduces the temperature of the water, it, in turn, affects the bite. In one of the books on ichthyology, I read: “When the water temperature at the rate of digestion of food fish increased with decreasing – is reduced. Thus, the maximum intensity in carp power observed at a water temperature of 23-29 degrees and 15-17 degrees when it is reduced by 3-4 times. It is a scientific fact. Carp in cold water, do not bite and do not be caught!
Sudden pressure drops, temperature fluctuations, frequent rains, storm-ranging negative impact on the fish, which led a sedentary lifestyle, poorly nourished, their metabolic rate it has been drastically reduced. And while the food supply in the reservoirs remained unchanged, carp that year were less plump and less fatty. Not pleased with the good summer anglers fishing on carp.
Hence we main conclusion: carp well peck where a lot of them, and pay attention to the meal only when he feels hungry. The second conclusion: the carp love the quiet and takes only where there is not even a rooster cry. And it is on the third place there are these mysterious weather conditions. But they were the cause of each angler to think deeply: “Why is this happening,” And everyone is trying to bring his axiom. However, leaving the house, everyone harbors a favorite saying: “There is a carp take – catch”. The belief in luck, to be steadfast in the likelihood of catching big fish. There are a number of traditional beliefs: it is enough, for example, spit three times over your left shoulder, or turn the cap backwards on his head beforehand.
What you need to know and do to be boring at first glance hobby – fishing rod fish – it has always been successful and interesting? First of all, you need to be attentive, inquisitive observer and researcher. This – the main condition, which confirms that sport fishing is not just a sport, but a science. Everyone is helpful to keep a diary and write in the notebook cherished his observations: time, location, weather conditions, wind direction, fishing results, the date and so on.
Only many years of personal experience and my own observations will help to get away from amateurism, will contribute to the gradual development of the fishing flair and ability to navigate the mysteries. It is available primarily for those who fish in itself does not make an end in itself or a means of profit, and a fishing rod sees the object through which the knowledge of nature. Get to the bottom, especially the one who wants it to become a true lover and keeper. It is quite possible that someone someday will reveal many more secrets of carp.
WHEN GOOD common carp bite
- In the quiet, warm, windless and cloudy days.
- Sometimes, after a long period of bad weather, immediately after the onset of good weather.
- Before approaching storm.
- After a long drought, and loss of short-term rains.
- In sunny weather when the south wind.
- When weak, drizzling or as it is called, “mushroom rain”, with light wave or a ripple on the water.
- When the wind blowing against the current.
WHEN BAD common carp bite
- In the north and north-easterly winds.
- With a sharp increase or decrease in water level.
- When the storm, gusty winds with heavy rain.
- In very hot weather.
- With the sudden onset of cold weather.
- When the wind blows along the course.
- With the sudden contact with untreated sewage pond.
The best weather conditions for carp
How much we want to bring back those summer days when we watch the carp, while the quiet surface of the lake comes to life in the sun. But these great summer days are not always the best for large catches. In this article I will discuss the results of their observations of the weather conditions under which the carp caught the best and the worst.
Meteorology is so vital that we often make decisions based on the current bulletin, such as wind direction helps us to determine where the fish moved. If carp in the surface layer, then, accordingly, may issue a successful fishing. Our climatic conditions have a major influence on the life of carp, but if we pay enough attention to the weather? Watching the weather and fish under the most favorable conditions, your catch is likely to improve. The weather is changing, not only in the course of the year, but during the day there will be times most and least suitable for successful fishing. But what about the fishermen who work full time and do not have the possibility to choose the most appropriate time of day for fishing?
Full employment means that most have to plan in advance what days they may be free, so it is unlikely that this time coincides with the best time and conditions for fishing. I usually leave fish closer to the night from Saturday to Sunday and curl up to read in the early morning before work. I live an hour away from the place where usually I fish, but the distance is not a problem, and I make this trip for me, when I feel that the atmosphere is favorable and the chances of a bite high.
The million dollar question, what are they – the ideal conditions?
For years, watching the weather, and making decisions based on the weather forecast, I can conclude that I find myself often enough rights. Although there have been cases when the conditions looked perfect, and carp thought differently, but in general, anyway, or I or others on the same lake, still managed to catch him. My goal is not to dictate to you what to do, and to present its findings. If I could predict the best time for fishing, believe me, I would sell the information. In my view, the best conditions for summer carp are a warm, low pressure, cloudy, slightly windy, with possible rain Day. Just these conditions were during our recent fishing on the lake, the catch was then – more than 50 carp total weight of over 40 pounds. Terms were not such as we had originally hoped. Nature does not want me to fishing, and constantly evinced his displeasure to means awe-inspiring thunder, lightning and low rain clouds.
In such circumstances, we had to catch. And we did it! Most of the catch is I caught in conditions that can be defined as a variable. There are a number of factors that are of interest to those engaged in fishing for carp: wind direction, wind speed, temperature, cyclones and anticyclones. They all have an influence on the behavior of carp, although some more than others. My own interpretation of the “right” conditions set forth below, but always remember that carp are not always behave “by the book”.
High pressure air masses
It is believed that high blood pressure and lack of wind to create the warm weather in the summer and the coldest – in the winter, and the most experienced fishermen will agree that this is not the best conditions for fishing, especially if these conditions are accompanied by a light wind. In the period between hot and calm weather, carp usually moves into the upper layers of the water to enjoy the sunshine within the band of warm water. The line of contact layers of warm and cold water called the thermo cline.
It plays an important role in the behavior of the inhabitants of the lake. Thermo cline prevents mixing of hot water from the upper layers with the cold water from deeper. This is a barrier to the exchange of nutrients between the two layers and thus creating two distinct habitats for pond inhabitants. I personally had the opportunity to feel what the thermo cline when immersed diving in one of the deepest lakes in Dutch. Change Cold warm water it was not as progressive as expected. At about 7 feet from the surface of the water were warm, and then a clear boundary between the two temperatures. So clearly that, if desired, it could be a ruler to measure.
As the temperature falls during the night, and the fish usually goes deeper, warmer, cools down compared to the upper layers. As soon as the sun begins to warm the water the following morning, the carp back into the upper layers of water. Perhaps that is why use a zig better day than at night. I’m not saying that the ridges will not catch the night, but my experience shows that these tips are more effective when the sun warms the water and the carp back into the upper layers.
Carp has a tendency to eat more active when high pressure is complemented by a good breeze in these conditions over large areas carp usually follows the wind. That is a lot of fish is just in the windy part of the lake. In winter, with high pressure, usually the coldest night and often silent. When high blood pressure is kept for several days, the water temperature may fall to the level at which water begins to freeze. With this in mind, I am selective in relation to fishing conditions during short winter days, and prefer a fish at this time, when the atmospheric pressure is low.
Low pressure in the winter usually means warm, windy and wet days, and judging by past results, is a good indicator of what the fish feeds. Many will disagree with me, but I would be interested to see the underwater shooting during the winter months in different conditions, I’m sure it would be much clearer. I think we would see a great stillness carp in the middle layers of the water than they could imagine.
In winter, reduced the difference between day and night temperatures. It rarely exceeds 8 degrees Celsius, while the difference may be 20 degrees in the summer. In this connection, the depth of the carp will move not so active, preferring to stay in a more comfortable, perhaps a warmer layer.
Air masses of low pressure or anticyclones in the “right” time of the year provide the best catch. It seems to me that disputes should arise, all the more so in Carp Talk reports confirm this. From time to time I read recent reports about fishing in a chat room site, and they serve as a good indicator of the optimal conditions for fishing.
I noticed that especially good catches under conditions of low pressure and little wind. These data, coupled with my own observations lead to the conclusion that these conditions bring the best catch. I believe in this so much that when the weather report promises similar conditions, I climb into the refrigerator for maple 8.
In winter, the low-pressure fronts can bring cold showers or even snow, which made changes dramatically the water temperature, which in turn has an impact on the behavior of fish. Warm winter could have the opposite effect due to the increase in temperature in the upper layers of water. Despite the differences of opinion, all agree on one thing – long stable weather conditions are good in the cold months. I agree with this to a certain extent, but I prefer the warm south-westerly winds, long periods of low temperatures and high pressure.
Forecasting conditions for fishing
“Correct” condition will assist you in fishing for carp. Keeping an eye on the weather forecast and to determine the best time of my fishing has been more successful than if fished at predetermined days – for example, every weekend. Of course, not every fishing will be successful, but, generally speaking, the chances increase significantly, and let this be the only one fishing all night in front of a working day.
Forecast for 24 hours – the best reference point, and contrary to popular belief, it is quite accurate. Detailed forecast will tell you information about the direction and strength of wind, temperature and pressure. When the forecast predicts a “desired” wind, I often getting ready for a fishing trip, the closer to the forecast of the line pressure (isobars) to each other, the better. After a period of calm weather these conditions often because carp movement.
Forecasting conditions for fishing. I’m not going to go into detail on how to read the forecast, but that you understand what you need to pay attention, I did a small survey:
Isobars – lines of equal pressure is graphically depicted as semicircular line. What they are closer to each other, the stronger the wind. Pressure Systems marked highs and lows with arrows indicating the direction of the wind (remember that the arrow indicates where the wind blows). In the UK, the temperature measured on the Celsius and the continents – Fahrenheit or Kelvin.
Pressure changes often mean a change of weather. Growing pressure heralds good weather, falling – often speaks of stormy weather. This happens because the pressure drop is approaching cyclone which brings clouds and rain. Growing pressure often speaks of approximation of the anticyclone, or high-pressure system, which brings clear weather. In order to monitor the pressure in my house weighs barometer, and I often guided by it when the right time for fishing.
When the forecast is clear, then you can apply the information received by weather conditions in a particular lake, where you fishing: remember how well the carp was caught in similar circumstances last. Fishermen, who go fishing on the same lake for many years, intuitively determine the approximate location of carp under certain weather conditions.
Long-term prognosis is good for long-fishing. I remember came to the lake 60 acres in France and talked there with Dutch fishermen who have already folded, and things were about to leave after a successful week of fishing. The wind was blowing in the direction of the coast and the previous week and was blowing in the direction of this wind drove them to the bank of a lot of fish.
I decided not to fish on “their” beach, because the long-term forecast predicts a change in wind direction of 180 degrees the next day. Focusing on this information, I decided to put up a tent on the opposite bank, just in the direction where he was should, according to the forecast, the wind is blowing.
The first night was quiet, but in the morning the wind rose and “pushed” fish from the place where they were the previous week, and “drove” them to the shore, where I was fishing. As a result, the weight of the catch was 42 pounds. Thus, printed from the internet forecast helped me to stay in the right place. A quick search on the Internet provides a lot of sites from which you can print out a short-term or long-term prognosis, and I would recommend you do before a long fishing is always.
Preferred conditions for carp in the colder months
It is very difficult to predict winter conditions the carp fishing, and possibly other authors will be able to better it, but my observations are as follows:
It is clear, quiet, frost – hard to say, most of the results were not very good, but in some cases the activity of carp to the contrary.
Frosty and fog – the worst conditions. I can remember only a couple of successful fishing for all 23-plus years that I catch carp.
Cloudy and cold wind – it is difficult to comment on, but in general, not very good conditions, especially in the east wind.
Rain and warm wind – until last winter, I would say “ideal winter conditions.”
Cloudy, snow clouds – reasonable winter conditions, especially if the air temperature rises.
The warm southwest wind and cloudy weather – a good chance for winter fish, with this forecast, you can find me on the beach.
Preferred conditions for the carp in warmer months
The following conditions are not immutable truth, as the carp has a habit of pecking, when we least expect it; this advice and recommendations only.
The hot calm weather with variable wind – usually not very suitable for bottom fishing, bite usually in the morning or in the evening.
Hot sunny days and nice breeze – water is saturated with oxygen, which can give good results, especially if the previous days were quiet.
Warm wind, partly cloudy, whitecaps on the water – the conditions from good to very good, especially in the windy part of the lake.
Torn rain clouds, storms in places, good wind – is excellent, some of my best catches occurred precisely under such conditions.
Clouds, the breeze and occasional heavy rains – can give a good catch at the right time of year.
Constant rain – not the best conditions.
The sky is completely overcast low clouds and drizzling rain – conditions from good to very good.
All the above – only recommendations. But mostly carp well caught shortly before, during, and immediately after a low-pressure period. It is obvious that many European lakes is good “react” to the low-pressure periods, especially if it is complemented by storm clouds and breezes. If weather conditions are “correct,” then within the next week photo carp from numerous European lakes will decorate the page Carp Talk – match it, or a consequence of the “right conditions”?
I was also more interested in the lunar phases, and after reading some of the comments Tim Paisley on this occasion, I have to agree that a combination of favorable weather conditions and the “right” of the lunar phase provides the best catches.
I’ll try to pay more attention to monitoring the phases of the moon, because I think that as long as we have too little information to confirm or refute this theory, although something tells me that it is not meaningless. Only time and factual material can tell us that has a greater impact on the behavior of carp.
Thanks to underwater cameras and scientific data, every day we learn more about the behavior of carp. My recent haul of 50 carp (14 of which were weighing 30 to 40 pounds) in France shows how important monitoring of the weather conditions.
The moral is: luring for fun and as much as you want, but at the same time try to find conditions that will get the best result. Weather is important – use it as an advantage!