By Greg Smith
Great fish catching opportunity after a rain storm.
What is that you might ask? Well sit back and read on. Drizzle
fishing is all about taking a break and getting side-tracked
from your normal daily activities towards the end of an
afternoon or evening thunderstorm, even if only for a brief
period of time. Just after the storm moves through, grab your
fishing rod and head for your nearest canal, seawall or
beachfront and make a few casts with your favorite fishing
Keep it simple. Do not make an ordeal out of it. Get to the
nearest body of water you can reach. It could be saltwater
fishing off of a dock, beach or jetties for snapper, trout,
redfish, flounder, tarpon or snook; or a fresh water river,
pond or canal for bass. Just take a spinning rod and reel, and
a couple of easy fishing lures like soft plastics and topwater
This type of fishing is pleasurable, relaxing and productive.
On many occasions such as this my work day will suddenly stop!
I then get up out of my chair which is perched in front of my
work computer, immediately grab my fishing rod and head off
down to the fresh water canal behind the house and start
throwing a soft plastic lure or worm. I often concentrate my
casts around the storm drains since noticing that the bass
often times congregate around these after a storm, possibly
waiting for their next meal to wash out of the drain.
Depending on when you make it to the water after the rain
storm, you may find yourself standing and fishing in a rain
drizzle. That is ok. Just relax, cast, take long deep breaths
and enjoy the moment. Just be careful not to be out during any
Fishing this way is not only therapeutic, you will catch fish
too! Not being a scientist, I can not tell you why, maybe it's
the change in pressure, but you will probably notice that many
times after a storm moves through the bite will turn on during
the calm period. Take advantage of this fishing opportunity
time when you can. You will be glad you did. It will enable
to clear your mind of the strains and tensions that your
work day puts you through, sometimes catch a few fish, then
back to your day feeling just a little bit better.
The inspiration for this modest writing came from my own
drizzle fishing experience and yes, was even lucky enough to
catch six bass in a short period of time. After the bite was
over, I quickly returned back to my computer and typed these
thoughts. Give it a try yourself.