Catfish and the Barometer
I actually have thousands of stats now punched into Excel so I can look stuff up as needed from years back. I also have some fairly detailed catch records on a calendar. I even keep the books locked in a safe.
Your mention of 1998 raises a question. Do you just remember certain dates and years of good bites or do you have a journal going back that far?
I started keeping some stuff in a journal in 2007 and each year because I have more questions it gets a little more detailed.
Not the barometer, but it being very foggy along the Mississippi today, got me thinking that I have very good Walleye/Sauger and ice fishing in the fog. The animals around me are wound up today, for sure. I don't have any catfishing in the fog experiences, however.
In past tense I was able to go back to the www and find the chart to the day and document the barometer and storm front down to a 15 minute window. I have this documented four times just in 2015.
So with that I believe the pressure did nothing to the fish. They sensed something negative but didn't know the severity and prepared accordingly. They simply fed until full and moved off current to wait out the negative force.
With that the fish could still be found but we had to go out of current and sit on them a little longer than normal. Once they do this it can take 24-72 hours for the fish to move back to current to actively feed again. Understanding this is an adjustment to go after them and stay on fish, even in the worst of fronts.
If I get out work at a decent hour tonight, I'm giving the local hole with its scattered debris one more shot tomorrow morning since the remnants of Patricia are heading up the Mississippi/Ohio valleys.
After my own research for now five years I believe that the instincts of catfish are so great that they can feel the barometer changes that are so small so early that they can feed up for the negative that is about to happen. Think about that for a bit.