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Old 09-11-2004, 02:03 AM
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Default Why fish dont bite

I found this on a Malysian web site and thought this was amuzing. The guys name is Lureman. :P
Why and When Fish Don't Bite ?

They care about only two things in their life : Reproduction and Eating. They are perpetually hungry. Fish had been caught with bait fish tails or hook hanging out their mouth. And they still bite.

Fish don't kill for recreation, or any other reason except for the above two. They will bite a lure while spawning but not because of hunger, but to protect their spawning bed and fry.

These are facts :

But you say fish don't always bite. Sometimes you can't keep them off a hook, but most times you don't even get a bite.

So what's going on ?

Some people say it's all in the moon & its phases. Others say its the sun or the rain. They produce tables that predict when the bite is on or look for certain sign to indicate the fish are active. I'm not about to offend anyone and only will say if it works for you, keep doing it. Some people who keep track of the catch, time of day, year etc. and correlate it with all the sun & moon data, but you know what ? All methods that have been analyzed always qualify the expected results with a statement that "the local weather is an over-powering factor". So why bother with all these theories. And theories they are unless someone can produce a fish that can speak human language and tell us in their own words what turns on the bite. Well, if we eliminate all the theories what does turn on the bite ? There are some facts to work with. One, we do know that fish turn on and off feeding. And we do know weather has a great effect on feeding. So lets look at "weather".

Weather has 4 components that effect the bite. Hi & Low barometer pressure and Hot & Cold.

The Cold front. It's real hard to get a bite because the fish are not comfortable. They just plain shut down. Even the live bait anglers have a tough time picking up a small one or two. It's a fact that a nasty Cold front seals Haruan's lips and they wait it out and we have to also. This is a reason fish won't bite but why do they at other normal (no Cold front) times turn on and off ?

I don't know. However, I believe it's caused at the beginning of the food chain. Something either hatches out or starts to move that is very small. The little fish go on a feeding binge and all larger fish follow, attracting Haruan, Toman, Sebarau and etc. into action. And of course Haruan, Toman and Sebarau turn on as long as their dinner is chasing "their" dinner. It will last an hour or less and things go back to a slower pace. Haruan, Toman and Sebarau are opportunists and being always hungry they will feed all the time, providing they are comfortable. But there definitely are hot "on" times. These are unknown and unpredictable but something in the food chain is happening.

Lets take barometric pressure. The record Hi and record Low of pressure is read in millibars. Converted to pounds per square inch the difference is about one pound. So now we have about 14 pounds per square inch. (Normal sea level air pressure) And this changes about 1/2 pound either side of the normal 14 pounds. Actually the change does not go maximum or even near it so this change is considerable less than 1/2 pound, probably no more then a few ounces +/-14 pounds.

Can a fish notice this small change and has it anything to do with feeding (the bite) ? I don't know, nor does anyone else. I do know that just before a storm (and even in it) fish turn the bite on. This is a well proven fact. But does a Low barometer effect the fish body to trigger the bite ? I don't think so. Assuming a Toman is at 3-foot depth. Under normal gallivanting in the water, it would have to stay exactly at that level or the pressure from the water would increase or decrease a lot more than the small air pressure change. So it's reasonable to disregard barometers readings. Something else is going on to produce the bite.

What about Temperature ? Fish are cold blooded which means (unlike us our temperature about 98 ) their body temperature is the waters temperature and Haruan, Toman and Sebarau along with their food supply like warm (not hot) water the best. They always live where they are comfortable. If a Cold front from the night before, fish seek the warmer deep water. Surface water cools off first aided by wave action. They also like to hold in the thick weeds and structures, seems to hold the water from movement thus provides warmer water longer. In higher habitat lakes (such as Cameron Highland, Klang Gates and etc.) the fish suspend in a zone of comfort as the top of the lake is colder than the suspension zone. Rest assured the fish will seek out the warmer comfort zone at all times of the weather.

What about the bite on a Warm front ? Everything's on the plus side but still we have an "on & off" situation. The fish don't always bite all the time. Something else is going on.

Back to square one.

Anyone has a better theory "Why and When Fish Don't Bite ?"
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