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Captains corner: Stirred sand will cause changes on the bottom

Changing bottom: Hurricane Isaac created nice swells for surfers but may have disturbed your favorite fishing spots in doing so. The sand lifted into the water column has to settle somewhere, which means high-profile structures could be a destination. During your next trip, you might find several of your preferred rock piles are not showing up on the depth finder. They may be covered by sand from the storm. There is a particularly well-known barge wreck that often gets hidden when the storm surge gets rough, only to reappear after the next passing front. That being said, don't wipe out the global positioning system number just because you can't find the object. Check back at a later date.

Tips: Remember that as some spots disappear, others will be revealed. I always keep close watch on my bottom finder going from one location to another, hoping to pass over just such a situation. A seasoned diver told me that when he finds sand filling a particular place, he digs some of it out. That gives the fish a chance to get back in and fan the sand with their tails. All the fish really need is a start. So, divers, take note, you might be creating a honey hole that only you know about.

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Captains corner: Stirred sand will cause changes on the bottom 08/30/12 [Last modified: Thursday, August 30, 2012 6:00pm]
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