Storm fishing: During times of inclement weather, such as cold fronts in fall and tropical weather in summer, you can find some of the year's best offshore fishing. Bottom fish such as grouper and snapper feed heavily before the storm arrives. Larger structures offshore such as wrecks, reefs and larger ledges hold the most bait, and this is where you will find a great bite.
Timing is key: Arrive on the first decent day after the storm. These fish will hold on larger structure during and just after the storm because of the constant food source and because it gives the fish a haven from strong currents. But don't wait too long as they will soon move off, away from the other predators that also inhabit these same places.
Location: Wrecks such as the Betty Rose, Blackthorn, Rube Allyn and many others that do not usually hold large quantities of grouper and snapper will hold masses of these fish after a storm. The strength of the system will determine how far offshore the dirty water will be. If the water clarity is good in your target depth, it's a good idea to have live baits in the well; if the water is stained or dirty, frozen baits will produce better.
Steve Papen charters out of Indian Shores and can be reached at www.fintasticfishingcharters.com or (727) 642-3411.