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Things are pretty messed up on the water right now. Heavy winds and a big swell from the west have made the gulf extremely dirty for many miles offshore.

Inshore, the combination of wind and rain runoff has made the water a mix of dark brown and sandy white. Even under the best circumstances, it will take at least three days for fishing to pick up in the bay and inland waters.

Offshore, it could take longer. According to dive reports, the deeper waters out to the middle grounds, about 70 miles, did not get a chance to clear up after Hurricane Frances. Now Jeanne has reset the clock.

The good news is the water temperature has already started to drop. So when things do settle down, the fall fishing season should be upon us.

The grouper will move to shallow water. Kingfish should start to show up, and flats action should be excellent. And the bite will be all the better when anglers can finally get back to fishing without worrying about the next hurricane.

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