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Captain's Corner: Big storms can bring good fishing

Good things can happen for fishing after a tropical storm. Imagine the counterclockwise motion of a tropical system stirring the gulf waters. Many times after a storm, the fishing can be outstanding. Many spots that were void of fish last week may be holding good numbers in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Hermine. I remember going out to the Clearwater jetty days after Hurricane Elena hit in 1985. The action was nonstop for a week. A giant school of redfish settled at the tip of the jetty and were feeding with a seemingly endless appetite. It was as good of a bite as you could wish for. I remember about 10 years ago after we had a few storms in the gulf, we found schools of gag grouper on many of the larger breaks and structures 25 miles offshore. We normally leave these spots alone due to overfishing, but in this case, the fish settled en masse over these high relief structures. We enjoyed great action for a week. Gag grouper were not the only ones schooled up. Large yellowtail snapper were mixed in. They are not common this far up the coast. They had gotten stirred up by the weather and moved hundreds of miles north. The bottom line: You never know what's going to happen after a big storm system moves through.

Dave Mistretta captains Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit jawstoo.com.

Captain's Corner: Big storms can bring good fishing 08/31/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 8:08pm]
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