Is Saltwater Fishing Good in the Rain?

Is fishing worth it in the rain? Fishing in the Rain Isn't Always Worth It. Fish with swim bladders are affected by the change in atmospheric pressure associated with rain conditions. These low-pressure systems can make fish less active due to the discomfort they can cause. Therefore, the best time to fish is one day before it starts to rain.

Fish will feed more actively to prepare for the incoming low pressure system. Saltwater fishing in the rain can be very successful when done at the right time. The best way to determine when to fish is to know what the best feeding times are for the target species and how this correlates with barometric pressure. The color of the lure has often proven to be important to me when fishing for dirtier waters after the rain. Pearl is a classic favorite that is productive in most watercolors, it has a very natural look as it takes on the dye of water, so it is also a favorite when fishing in dirty water.

Other colors that stand out are darker colors that provide a darker silhouette in dirty water, making them more visible to fish. Colors such as Gold Rush, Motor Oil, Midnight Oil, Red Shad, New Penny, Pumpkin, Houdini and Redbone are popular picks when fishing in dirty water.


during a light rain makes your casting lines less noticeable. In addition, rain can affect how well fish bite. Insects tend to be closer to the surface of the water when it's raining.

This tends to attract fish closer to the surface and therefore makes them easier to see and catch. In terms of productivity, surf fishing in the rain is good and can be very rewarding. Why? Because when it rains, the water becomes colorful and murky, making it safe for small fish to hold and feed it, and larger predators can hide and deceive their unsuspecting prey. However, keep in mind that an extremely high swell is not favorable for surf fishing. Why? because it is difficult to navigate in a very strong current, not only for small fish but also for large and large fish.

Surf fishing before the rain can also be very rewarding. Why? Because fish have a great ability to sense weather changes several hours before they occur, and when they do, their feeding activity increases as they fear starvation once the weather changes. However, you should consider “catch and release” more often after a storm. Why? because rain not only brings food and nutrients to the beach, but it also brings oils, chemicals and harmful substances. As a result, fish that stay close to shore after a storm may not be good for their next meal. Another reason surf fishing after a heavy rain can be so productive is that a heavy storm can prevent fish from eating for a long time and therefore, once the rain clears, the fish begin to feed aggressively to make up for the days they couldn't eat.

Knowing how local weather affects fish and how they respond to it is key to knowing where to fish after days of heavy rain. In general, the loss of salinity will push most fish deeper because saltwater is denser than freshwater. So fish that are more comfortable with higher salinity will go deeper. When fishing in dirtier waters, you may need to slow down your presentations and present a lure with more action and vibration, such as a ZMan paddle or plastic tail or TT Lures Switchblade metal vibrating blade. Not because rain fishing is less rewarding, not because there is nothing to fish in the rain, but for the simple reason that it is not comfortable and can sometimes be dangerous. If you find that the salt is completely closed and you just can't bite, it's worth taking a look at the freshwater fishing options available in your area.

Opportunistically, large predatory fish take advantage of this situation and approach the cutting line, waiting for the smaller fish to escape the freshwater. If the pressure is high, the fish will be more active and closer to the surface, so fishing in shallow areas will be productive. In such wave conditions, there should be nothing to catch and most fish must have traveled to the high seas in search of calmer waters. After recent heavy rains in local systems I fish, I began making plans for upcoming sessions and how I would approach these sessions after influx of fresh and dirtier water. Surprisingly, saltwater fishing in the rain doesn't necessarily improve your chances of catching fish. However, we strongly recommend going fishing, before or after rain which is more fruitful than fishing through a storm. Fish without swim bladders will be affected by low pressure system lesser than those with swim bladders.

As result, they begin actively feeding in preparation for low pressure system as they don't know if this will last few hours or days. In addition high waves expose surface of water more oxygen encouraging them stay shallow areas approach coast.

Earl Faustino
Earl Faustino

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