March brings hope for winter’s end. Fish activity increases as the water temps climb. They begin to react to the increasing daylight as well. Yet, cold fronts continue to throw curveballs to both anglers and the fish.
Adapting to these changing conditions equal fishing success. There is a new trend in these changes. I don’t mind admitting that this new twist has left this angler, scratching his noggin’.
For example, during a cloudy day, the fish responded best to silver jigs. This is opposite of the fishing rule, “Don’t use silver in overcast conditions”.
The next variation occurred when an angler found good fish in about ten-feet of water. Naturally, the cold front arrived the next day. Were the fish there or deeper? Neither. The fish moved into about three-feet of water. Perhaps they moved shallow to seek new food sources.
Yet another example happened in Florida while fishing a benefit tournament. The waters were somewhat new to us. Yet the waters were dark and tannin-stained much like our native St. John’s River. It was the same watershed in fact. After flogging the waters for two-hours, we tried motor-oil colored worms. Again, the opposite tactic worked.
Call it a “paradigm shift” if you like. This angler is just going to start fishing “wrong” more often.