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Captain's Corner: Fishing will be difficult

Huge swells generated from Hurricane Gustav should continue to hit the west coast today. Fishing the beaches or gulf will be difficult at best. Offshore anglers will be better off grabbing a surfboard and paddling out to catch some of the best waves to hit the bay area in years.

Perfect waves: These swells are much different from the typical wind chop locals are usually relegated to surfing. They carry the energy of the storm for miles and hold their form and power regardless of the wind, or lack thereof, that they encounter. As these waves encounter the upward slope of the outside sand bars, they rise until the tops fall forward and the energy is released. Such perfect waves are more common in coastal areas where deep water is closer to the shore, but on rare occasions they arrive in the bay area.

Inshore fishing: Inshore action is the only viable alternative. The gulf will be dirty for miles offshore even after the waves calm. A buoy near the Florida Middlegrounds registered waves 32 feet high Saturday. This will cause issues for at least a week. Heavy rains have darkened the water on the flats, and decent catches of redfish were being made using cut bait along the mangrove edges at high tide.

Ed Walker charters out of Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 944-3474 or send e-mail to

Captain's Corner: Fishing will be difficult 09/01/08 [Last modified: Monday, September 1, 2008 7:42pm]
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