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Rule no. 3½
Danish inshore fishing
By Martin Joergensen
This should actually be rule number 4, but it's still a bit too vague to be so
it is based on my own and a lot of other fishers experiences, but still...
Fishing is best when water is going out
and please notice, that this doesn't only refer to tidal movement.
There's no doubt that water movenet is essential when fishing the coast. Differences in water movement can mean the difference between a good and a bad day on the same location. But how should the water move in order to give the optimal conditions for the fish? Well, that depends... would be the obvious answer, but even though there's a lot of difference between locations, it seems like one condition gives better fishing no matter where you fish: the water has to move out.
When is the water going out?
The wind has a strong influence on water movement. In the narrow Danish waters the wind can either press the water into straits and fjords, help the water leave the same places or have no influence.
When there's no wind, the water will move from the baltic Sea out through the Danish sounds in a northern direction. Likewise no wind will mean that water will flow out of the streams into the fjords and on into the sea. This in the natural direction of the water.
Looking at the map again will tell you that most Northern winds will press water into the Danish sea and stop most water from running out from anywhere. Most fishers I know will always stay at home when the wind is strong from Northern directions.
Winds from southern directions, on the other hand, will press water out of the sounds and help the natural current.
Why is it better?
Lucky for us there are places where these rules meet.