Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A Change in the Weather Means a Change in Fishing

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A Change in the Weather Means a Change in Fishing

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Byline: Beverly Fleming

The weather is finally cooling down. And as temperatures drop, fishing patterns change. Fishermen will tell you that any change in the weather induces a change in the way fish behave. Since several tournaments are held this time of year, it is good to know the habits of your favorite kind of fish, especially what turns them on.

Cooler water temperatures trigger black crappie (rhymes with choppy) into a more active mode. Although temporary chills don't lower the water temperature too much, as the season progresses, water temperatures will slowly drop. The difference in the water will be especially significant at dawn and dusk although it will warm up in the middle of the day.

The black crappie, also known as speckled perch, specs, or calico bass can be found all over Florida and is an excellent game fish. My favorite place to fish for them is right here in Trout Creek. They are in the sunfish or bream family and are an excellent pan fish for frying up and serving with hush puppies and some cheese grits.

The black crappie is usually described as a silvery green fish with a light belly. The sides of this fish have black splotches and there are also dark spots in rows on the dorsal and caudal fins. It has a very small head but the dorsal and anal fins are large and oval shaped. It has large dorsal spines on its highly-arched back and a large mouth with the top jaw extending beyond the eye.

Since fishing for any kind of fish depends on where you are, you can get some very confusing advice on how to catch specks. Some may advise to fish deep while others will tell you to fish the top of the water. The only advice I can tell you is to do what works where your at the time you are there. In other words, experiment!

Since we know that the crappie likes clear slow moving water, look for these conditions. …

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