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Spring can be the best and the worst of times for the fisherman.  The fish are active and so is the weather.

It seems that spring is just one front after another.  Some contain severe weather conditions which require anyone outdoors to seek shelter immediately.  But, the angler with his eye to the sky can enjoy some of the best fishing of the year.

In dealing with the weather it is best to error on the side of caution.  Watch local weather bulletins and look for significant changes is weather patterns.  Keep in mind that some thunderstorms create microbursts, intensive downdrafts over an area up to 3 miles wide.  They can produce gusts of wind of 60 to 100 mph.  Winds over 35 mph can swamp can capsize small boats.

Any sign of lightning storms should alert the angler to seek safe harbor.  Look for a building with a sturdy frame and stay there for the duration of the storm.  If caught in open water, get a low as possible and do not hold on to any fishing rods.

Once the weather appears to clear, be sure to scan the horizon for any signs of severe weather, such as lightning strikes. Of dark clouds which could yield further weather problems.

Once the weather has passed or if none is visible in the area, then it is time to fish.  A good place to begin is on any wind-blown shoreline.

Such shorelines contain plankton.  The wave action creates a process known as upwelling which brings the plankton to the surface and then washes it to the shore.  Any shoreline or point that has waves washing into it can be productive.

Bait fish of all kinds like to feed on plankton and they will follow it to the shoreline.  This movement of all the aquatic life in the area makes the bass more active.  It is a time to dig out those spinnerbaits and crankbaits.

Cast parallel to the bank and a shallow as practical.  The baits stir up the bottom.  Any place that has wood, it attractive to bass and is good for stirring up more plankton.

Some other food places on wind-blown shorelines are place with rocky shoreline near large flats and coves.  These areas tend to stir up the crayfish and crankbaits are imitations of crayfish.

Basically anything the wind hits that stops movement of water will hold bass.  These things can be steep bluffs and cliffs out in open water as well as river points and rip rap around breakwaters.

Although these are great locations to find bass, the weather may clear up and the wave action decrease.  Bass will move out deeper in such a case and the angler needs to move with them.  They tend not to move too far.  They may however be a little deeper.  Angler may want to change to a worm, jig, or Carolina rig with a plastic critter to relocate the fish.

Weather can be a fisherman’s nemesis or it can create a great fishing situation.


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