nothing cast in stone, but...........
i seem to do better with clear skys, new moon and pressure not dropping.
the water rising slightly seems to help the bite too. but i have caught nice fish right before an aproaching storm too, but not every time.
I may be wrong on this one, however, IMO it affects the fisherman more than the cats. I seem to have better luck if the wind is blowin' a bit. On still nites fishin' from the bank the bite is slow. On a windy nite the bite is really good. Temps. really don't change the bite much here in Texas. In December we were catchin' channels in 4' of water just as we were doin' in July.
Brite sunny days seem to make the fish move in some if the water temp. is on the climb, but if the temp. is stable they seem to go a lil deeper.
I guess the fisherman has to change tactics but I feel the bite is still on, ya just have to adjust to the weather to make it happen.
I think weather does have an effect on the fish, and us too. While I think catfish might bite better with a stable weather pattern-not too hot or cold. As T-Bone points out it really matters how we fish or don't fish. I have caught just as many fish during the day as I have at night. And I have caught catfish in very hot and dry weather. I think if you can stand whatever type of condition is present, you can catch catfish.
Well the fish are already wet. But ive caught cats in the rain, ive caught cats in the sun, ive caught cats with wind, and ive caught cats when it was calm. Sometimes i like to blame the weather, just to have an excuse for getting skunked.
the bite was on this morning... We fished for 3 hours before we could find the fish but as soon as we found them we all started getting hits.....i landed a 19lb blue and a small 2-3 lbs blue. not to mention the missed bites.
Then it happened, the winds picked up, the skys darkened and the bite was OFF! We marked alot of fish but they all had lock jaw....
the proof is in the pudding...weather DEFFINITELY effects cats behavior!