One guy in the Catfish section or from a member in A.C.A.T.S., shared that he was told if the cows were feeding (not sure if it was standing), the fish were biting. If the cows were laying down, the fish weren't biting.
There is also the bit about directions of the wind. The most famous is, "Wind out of the East, the fish bite the least. Wind out of the West, the fish bite the best."
There is another portion as to North & South. Let's see if I have these somewhere.
And there are many variants it seems.
This was posted by Keith years ago:
Wind out of the East, fishing the least. Wind out of the South, blows the bait out their mouth. Wind out of the West, fishings the best. Wind out of the North, big blues go to work!
By another from 2011:
Wind from the North, fisherman does not go forth.
Wind from the South, blows the bait in the fish's mouth.
Wind from the East, the fish bite least.
Wind from the West, the fish bite best.
OK, searching my massive archives from 2006 to present day here on U-6, I found these notes ...
from a letter to a catfisherman up in Oklahoma on 5-23-2008, I had this paragraph in it---
This old diddy that Darrell told me at RB rang true (I have noticed it seems to be correct). I learned a new one this weekend, as one told me his grandpa told him the one on the wind just mentioned, but also if the cows are laying down, the fish aren't biting.
from another letter on 6-4-2008 to Darrell at RB Marina & 3 of my Catfish Calendar students, my Uncle & a few others I clipped a few notes---
Also Darrell's "diddy"---
"Wind out of the East,
Fish bite the least.
Wind out of the West,
Fish bite the best."
Ron told me there was one on North & South also. He remembered-
"Wind out of the South,
The hook's in its mouth."
Ron said the north one had to do with something about drinking.
One ACATS member told me his Grandpa also told him when the cows are laying down, the fish aren't biting.
I can say the West & East wind "diddy" does seem to hold true. I"ll have to check the cows laying down bit.
While further research needs to be done on the cows laying down or standing up/feeding, here is some science found a few years back ...
It seems that satellite images show that groups of cattle seem to feed mainly in a North to South, or South to North direction. Let me see if I can find that in the archives.
Hmm, did not find the exact key phrase. Let me try my archives on TFF. Wow! Found it in the first one I decided to look into.
The subject was the solunar tables back on 6-22-2010 to which I shared as to the recent findings.
In actuality, there is a true science behind it, the same goes for my catfish calendar. In trying to explain it in the simplest manner possible, it has to do with magnetics & instincts. Animals, including fish, are affected by certain magnetic fluxes and fields. Recent satellite findings by watching cattle graze, is that they feed in a north/south pattern (either way), but the group indicates the pattern. Scientists are now studying, don't understand it, but realize it has to do with magnetics.
Here is a snip touching on it:
In a new study, physicists have investigated the role of quantum interactions in magneto-reception, and have shown that quantum technologies could be used to enhance or reduce the performance of an animal's chemical compass, and potentially control other biological functions.
Many animals possess some kind of magnetic sense, allowing them to navigate by using a magnetic field. The ability to detect a magnetic field, called magneto-reception, has been observed in a variety of animals, including birds, turtles, sharks, lobsters, cows, fungi, and bacteria. However, scientists do not fully understand the mechanisms responsible for this ability.
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