I don't think the water temperature has that much of an affect on it mate. They go where the food is, we were catching 2lb codling down the foreshore in june this year because there were loads of shrimp around. When the water temp drops the shrimp move out and the fish move out with them!Take alot more than tides the water temp is still warm and will take many weeks to drop so im hopeful and remain optumistic that maybe we will have a good yr not saying alot of cod but bigger better size fish being caught .
Thanks Kev ---I think lol -------But you are basically right about the cod in the 70s and 80s there did appear to be cycles ----in the first year small codling would arrive in september in plague proportions with a few in the 1 to 2lb type size the following year you would have lots around 2lb with the odd few around 4 to 5lb then came the dream year with fish averaging 4 to 5lb with double figure cod a regular occurence which was then usually followed by a poor year with very few codling arriving til november and you never knew what to expect cos the few codling always seemed very well distrbuted along the coast---then the 5th year usually the small codling would arrive again and the whole cycle would be repeated.I can remember reading in one of the magazines a few years ago about the cod fishing going around in cycles back in the haydays of the 70's and 80's. I can vaguely recall it saying something about them having good fishing for 3 seasons the going quite again for a few. The last 3 years in the bristol channel have been good so maybe it's just nature taking it's coarse??
Anyone old enough to remember those days(I'm only a young pup! lol) on here who could clarify that? I'm sure there's a few of the 'older generation' on here, YATOES!!
It's gonna be a hard year on the cod and it does go around in cycles I'm afraid I've seen it the last 15 years I've been fishing. Water temp has nothing to do with it
You answered your own question then good buddy ---the cod are following the food and are not attracted by cold weather or cold water as some new anglers believe.good comment yatoes i understand what your saying but if water temp has nothing to do with it then ,how come when its freezing cold and all the smaller fish and crab , shrimp go into deeper water and so does the fish thats feeding on them ,
just cant understand why its so poor its not like its never picked up like the good old days
Wet weather certainly doesnt drive the cod out ----you usually find that sustained wet weather triggers the best cod fishing with the soft mud etc being washed away exposing the food, this is unfortunately difficult for new anglers to fully experience with modern day poor fish stocks. In fact the cod travel well up the rivers and up the Severn into waters that are far less saline than the sea so they can obviously tolerate these conditions for a time!!!Can all this wet weather have an affect?