Fishermen and women approach the sport with a diversity of experience, purpose and strategy. A couple of weeks ago, we spotlighted Carlos’ point of view on fishing – what it means to him as a sport, as a way of connecting with nature, and as an avenue to provide food for his family.

Now I want to draw your attention to a handy gadget – a barometer – that is just one example of the various fishing accessories available to those who are looking to be precise with their practice and take into consideration one of the many weather factors, from wind to rain, that affect the feeding patterns and movement of fish in your spot of choice.

First off, barometric pressure (also known as atmosphere pressure) is the weight of the air on the water. When any change in weather rolls in, whether it’s a storm, hot or cold front, pressure starts decreasing, whereas calm, clear skies means high pressure.

There’s a lot to consider when it comes to barometric pressure and so it can be confusing, but the general consensus among various theories is that fish are more lethargic when there’s high pressure and more active when pressure is low. This Outdoor Life article dig deeps into the nitty gritty details, explaining how it’s not the actual reading but rather the change of pressure that matters. Most anglers will tell you that the best fishing happens right before a storm rolls in, so cast your rod when pressure is dropping on your barometer!

Also, it’s theorized that fish with larger bladders such as bass, trout, redfish, tarpon, grouper and snapper sense the shift in pressure more and are thus more affected by it.

Investing in a barometer (and it’s a small investment!) is handy because although weather isn’t something we can control, we can track and predict it. That being said, the topic is a heavily debated one and there is no solid scientific evidence to firmly back up claims that barometric pressure has a direct effect on fishing success.

Anglers, what’s YOUR take?