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Captain's Corner: How to fish on windy days

November is typically a beautiful weather month in Tampa Bay, though several weird storm systems and seasonal cold fronts have caused the wind to howl for days on end.

Tip: If you must fish on windy days, a few things can minimize frustration. First, leave the boat at home. Canal fishing or fishing from solid structures offers opportunity as well as safety. Second, dress warm. An hour or two outside when it is chilly can ruin the day if not adequately prepared. Last, a good pair of insulated waders can allow for a stealth approach as well as negating hassles associated with vessels.

What's hot: Redfish are still cruising around the flats. The only problem has been getting to them in the wind. When things settle down around here, they should still be cooperative. Trout do not mind the cold at all and are biting. Check local regulations before keeping any fish.

What's not: Fishing in general has been a bit tough. Salt or fresh water, and inshore or offshore, it has not been easy.

Seasonal: Look for fish to move into residential canals as we progress towards the depths of winter. These areas provide some comfort from the cold and also make it easier for anglers to have a good trip on a windy day.

Dave Walker charters out of Tampa. Call (813) 310-6531, or visit

Captain's Corner: How to fish on windy days 11/07/11 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 6:58pm]
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