As we learn from the best of bites, we equally learn from those trips that fail to tempt a single bump. Each as important as the other, they are mulled in the angling mind until a link or pattern begins to form.
What I have noticed this past month is the correlation between high barometric pressure and the window of opportunity it provides. It’s scripted in cod fishing folklore and rolls off the tongue to the tune of ‘1020 fish are aplenty’. This is normally so, but obviously someone forgot to tell the cod this season. I have now had several fishless days where the barometric pressure hovered around this so-called ‘scripted mark’. Perhaps it is the condition of the fish that sees them reluctant to commit under such conditions. Almost as round as they are long, these fish can afford to be fussy and bide their time.
What we have found this season is the best bites have come when the pressure pushed above 1025. One such weekend high rolled in and pushed the pressure past 1030. The bite was nothing short of hot with several cod pushing the tape past the 125cm mark. It seems the keg-sized cod were all but in sync to the pressure as far as size was concerned.
Each time we hit the water we began to connect the bite to the highest point of the daily pressure. A good mate smashed out two keg-sized cod inside of an hour as the pressure peaked at 1027. It was only there for a short period of time and slipped back down cutting the bte as the next front rolled in. Unfortunately, we were sizzling up a feed at the time and missed the short window of action and the big fish it provided.