You mean the dreaded "wind from the East,the fish bite least" syndrome ?.............immensely, wait until you get an easterly, :-(
Depends on the direction of the tide.This is probably one of the most important things you'll ever learn in sea fishing, weather and tides have the most effect on fishing and knowledge of how both affect fishing in your area will greatly improve catches. It will also tell you when and where to fish.
An onshore wind (coming off the sea) will stir the sea and the bottom up, dislodging all sorts of marine life which creates a free feed for bottom-feeding fish. It will also colour the water, giving fish an opportunity to come closer to the shore to feed. Daylight fishing for some species can improve with coloured water.
An offshore wind (coming off the land) will flatten the sea off and the water will be clearer. This is ideal for sight feeders such as mackerel, but fishing for some bottom feeders is best done at night unless you can find deep water.
Generally an onshore wind (or just after) will be good for bass or for winter codling, an offshore wind is better for mackerel or whiting. Experience will give you a better idea of how weather affects things in your area.
hi topnot,,correct moon stage(more important than some will believe)
just wondering what your thoughts are regarding moonphases.
i tend to try to fish around the new moon, weather dependant, for catfish, eels and carp but being relatively new to sea fishing..is this the same?
hi mate,Hi Marc,
From my experience,tides,moons ,do have an impact on Sea fishing just as much as other things we anglers think of as important to catching fish, or having a good session....like bait.Why spend all your money on fuel or bait and fish the wrong place at the wrong time due to tides /moons/pressure sytems not being ideal? Some really successfull anglers always seem to do well (?)...is it the bait.skill,planning,being in the right place at the right time.correct moon phase etc?
Alot of anglers fish after hearing whats been caught lately,they fish but dont do as well as they expect.Are they too late in the moon phase?
There are two full moons each month(big tides) one is a light moon ,the other is dark. Plus there are two half moons each month one is light one is dark...but each type builds up ,so you dont need to fish a specific day,just near to the ideal one,but some tides are better than others. Plus some marks are better on the smaller or bigger tides,but most marks fish better at night on the darker moons. It takes years to know which venue is best on which tide,plus theres the weather to take into account too...plus the wind direction and the sea state (swell),if sea fishing. Plus water clarity can change in a matter of days too. So theres more to being in the right place at the right time than many anglers realise.......its more than having the correct bait for the fish you think may be about. If more anglers wrote down sea state ,clarity ,moonphase etc...they may get a better picture of the "ideal" times to fish(?).......there is luck involved with fishing ...but it doesnt hurt to try to give yourself some extra "luck" with being in the right place at the right time.Whether it be tide time ,size,weather,swell,moon phase,bait ...plus local knowledge is a
shortcut too...if you speak to a knowlegeable local angler it could be a short cut. You cant buy experience...but you can "befriend it"