I have had a number of questions in recent weeks about where I am fishing and what techniques I am using to catch catfish this time of year, and many questions about what depths to fish, so I wanted to take an opportunity to cover thermocline and how it effects catfishing.
This information can help make or break your summer fishing.
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If you have been reading my articles here on Learn To Catch Catfish very long you probably know that I live in Texas. If you have never been to Texas, it is hot here, and I mean REALLY hot. I’m a native Texan and everyone always tells people when they move to Texas that you get used to it, but YOU DON’T, you just cope. Now is the time of year when you really need to play it safe, like I covered in stay safe for summer fishing.
Fishing for catfish in the summer can be very productive if you know what to look for and how the weather and water temperature effects the catfish, but if you don’t have a good understanding of it, it can be devastating to your catfishing.
The primary reason for this is by 9:00 in the morning it feels like you are fishing on the sun. It’s brutal.
There is a long scientific explanation for what happens with a thermocline. My father is a physics teacher and I could probably throw a video camera in front of him and let him start covering the scientific explanations and cause of thermocline and I am sure he could probably talk for hours but for time sake I won’t. Plus, we would probably all be completely lost in a firestorm of scientific jargon, so I am going to water it down and bit and give you the nuts and bolts of the thermocline and will then move on to how it effects your catfishing (or any fishing for that matter).
- You will notice that there is a portion of the water with no, or very few fish below it.
- When you increase the power/sensitivity enough you will start to get a lot of feedback on the graph, but you will also be able to see a distinct line in the water, and often times you can see two distinct lines, indicating the two major temperature changes.
Thermocline Effects On Catfish and Fishing Part 2
Thermocline Effects On Catfish and Fishing Part 3
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