Well, I finally got the boat wet last Friday. It was a short trip though. The “10% chance” of rain was a 100% by 8:00 AM. With little dry storage in my rig, I jetted back in after my first Crappie. The lesson? To heck with the weatherman, I’ll do my own analysis. A lot can be said for looking at; the barometer, dew-points and the radar.
The water temp was 81.6 Friday. That’s tough on Crappie, but better for Spots. Crappie seem to be most active in waters around 68-72 degrees while Spotted Bass like waters in the 70-74 degree range. Large Mouth Bass are more active in 75-77 temps. This is not to say you can’t catch fish in different temperatures; they are just more active. (Barometric pressure, water clarity and moon phase are other mitigating factors.)
It’s like this for fish…You’ve turned over some lumber and seen a nearly frozen lizard staring up at you before. He didn’t run because he was cold. It’s the same for fish. They are cold-blooded and respond to temperatures just like that lizard.
Oh, I promised you a “Bulb Exposure” last week from last week’s launch. It’s not impressive until you consider we were 40 miles away and there were some thin clouds between us and the Shuttle. The original, larger photo is actually pretty cool. You can’t help but get a lump in your throat and a sense of American pride when you see a launch.
Have a Blessed Memorial Day. -TJ