Each month I field a question from a reader and answer it as best I can, focusing on those inquiries and responses that I believe will be of general benefit or interest. I recently received this email from Tom in Port Charlotte, FL, who asks: “If you could pick one variable to control – wind, tide, moon phase, etc. – what would it be? Oh, and where the hell have you been?”
Haw. I like the second question, which is a fair one, and which I’ll address. But as for your first question, I’d take the ability to command the tides, without question. Wind can be a real pain in the caboose, but I’ve caught lots of fish, and good ones, on windy days. Moon phase certainly affects feeding habits, but just when you think you have it all figured out, fish disappear when the moon’s “just right” or explode on lures when it’s “all wrong.” But I seldom see fish feed on a slack tide. Moving water is a dinner bell, and no other factor – in my humble opinion – affects the behavior of shallow-water game fish more. As for where I’ve been: I’ve been working on a long-standing project that will soon redefine this site. I apologize again for the long lag between posts. I’ll post some extra content this week to catch up a bit, but my focus is on the redesign until it’s complete. Thanks for your patience, and stay tuned.