Sitting on his grandfather's lap, a boy would occasionally reach up, touch his grandfather's cheek and then his own.
After several minutes doing this he quietly said, "Granddaddy, did God make you?"
"Yes son, a long time ago," answered the grandfather.
"Granddaddy, did God make me too?" the boy asked.
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"Yes son, God made you just a little while ago."
Reaching up once again the boy said, "God's getting better at it now isn't he?"
Time takes its toll on all things. And all things change.
CHANGES IN FISHING DAYS
Drops are formed by tidal surges against the surface of soft or hardened bottom structures. These structures may be man made or natural and serve as a buffer for wave and wind action.
Over time the constant movement of water along the structures will cause depressions which get deeper creating a haven for baitfish, which in turn attract gamefish. The relative safety presented by these drops is a barrier from the sun as well. Fish move to more shaded areas during the day as the sun's angle changes.
Larger drops are dominant along feeder creek points and are abundant on the outside bends of a river or stream where the water is deepest. Gamefish relate to structure changes and are drawn to areas which have a food source, like those provided by the tides, and they will always face the current.
Keeping this in mind, your cast should fall at the front edge of the drop on the up-current side and be allowed to drift into range. If you approach from downstream your cast could easily spook the fish and destroy any possibility of a hook-up.
Although drops can be troublesome for some anglers, there is a pattern that will assist you in locating your quarry. The area may show a change of only a few feet but any variation deeper than the surrounding waters will make a difference. Falling tides cause fish to seek deeper water, in doing so they move along established migration routes.
It doesn't matter what species of fish you pursue, survival instincts are dictated by the movement of the tides.
When fish enter shallow water, they drift with the current until a suitable holding area, like a drop, is located. However, they quickly turn into the current to take advantage of what the tides have to offer, waiting in ambush for their next meal.
Drops are perfect places to begin your search during the outgoing tide and at any period of low tide. Waters which are continually moving will provide some of your best fishing opportunities during the summer months. And if you know where the drops are, you can catch fish.
Make note of changes no matter how small. Your observation may serve you in the future. But remember, there is no secret to catching fish -- it's catching fish on a regular basis that's difficult.