Man Fishing In The Rain

4 TIPS FOR WHEN FISHING IN THE RAIN

A little rain might dampen the mood. But for an angler who knows how to take advantage of the rain, it can be a blessing in disguise. If you’re willing to brave the rain, you’ll discover that opportunities to catch fish are actually much greater in this kind of weather. Just as long as you wear appropriate gear and adjust your techniques, fishing in the rain can be a very rewarding experience.

To guide you through the process, here are my four main things you need to know when fishing in the rain.

FISH ARE MORE ACTIVE

When the weather is warm and sunny, fish tend to hide in areas with heavy cover. However, in low-light conditions such as when it’s raining, they tend to come out and become more active. Fish no longer stay too close to cover and will be roaming the water freely. As such, you must use topwater lures that allow you to cover water quickly and easily locate the fish. You can also make long casts because the fish are more likely to chase a lure farther.

A NEED FOR SPEED

In order to cover more water, you need to speed up your presentations. You’ll have to cover a larger area of the water, so you have to choose fast-moving lures you can retrieve quickly. Thankfully, since fish tend to be more aggressive in the rain, you won’t have to work so hard to get them to strike.

FISH CAN’T SEE CLEARLY

Raindrops cause a disturbance to the water’s surface, and this actually impairs fish’s visibility. Aside from the rain, the presence of clouds limits the light that can penetrate the water. This means that fish are less likely to see you and so, they won’t be easily spooked. Rain also means muddy water.

With these details in mind, lures such as buzzbaits and spinnerbaits are a good choice as they’re able to create a lot of noise and disturbance in the water. When it comes to lure colours, stick to solid and dark patterns since they have a noticeable silhouette that fish will have an easier time targeting. You can also add scent to your presentation.

MORE SURFACE ACTION

Rain brings more organic matter and nutrients into the water. There’ll also be more insects flying about on the water’s surface. As a result, fish tend to come up to the surface of the water when it’s raining. Furthermore, since there’s also more oxygen at the water’s surface, it more likely the fish will go into a feeding frenzy. They will be more likely to strike your bait. To improve your catch rate, take advantage of the situation by using surface lures.

Fishing in the rain can be miserable if you don’t dress appropriately for the weather and your techniques aren’t able to accommodate the changes in fish’s behaviour. With these tips in mind, your odds of catching fish greatly improves. Fishing right and you’ll have a great time catching more fish. Once you get the ball rolling, you’ll be having so much fun that you won’t even notice the rain.

 


 

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Jackson Williams
jacksonw@dinga.com.au

Jackson Williams has been fishing around Australia for 20 years and loves his home region of far north Queensland.