What's next: After rough weather, search for clean water to catch fish. Inside Tampa Bay, look for backwater coves with thick trees that could block the wind. Most of these areas are on the east side of the bay. Close to the passes, the water will be dirty because the incoming tide is pulling murky water from the gulf. Areas on the flats with thick grass that filters the sand will be the first spots to have clean water. When the waters calm, target the artificial reefs inside the bay. Fish tend to move to large structure when the bay gets rough.
Tip: After a storm as strong as this one, there will be parts of docks and debris floating just under the surface. It's best to keep the boat speed slow.
Offshore: Head west until you find clean water. Most of the fish will be around the artificial reefs and the larger ledges. Try the well-known ledges that are 6 to 12 feet high. These overfished areas will hold good numbers of fish for a few days after the storm.
Doug Hemmer charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 347-1389.