Author: Landshark (Alumni)
Fishing Offshore After A Hurricane Hits
Every Year South florida experiences a period of storms between July and November. During this time we may experience tropical storms and hurricanes, even if it is not a direct hit they can stir up our local waters.
This year we just barely missed the powerful wrath of Hurricane Dorian. I wanted to share my experiences on what hurricanes and tropical systems do to fishing conditions. Over the last decade I have noticed that almost after every single storm the bottom fish including snapper and grouper tend to move inshore from deeper water. On a recent fishing trip, we fished many of the local reefs we do throughout the year and noticed a drastic increase in the amount of red grouper we had caught. Red grouper are common on shallow reefs, but not in the numbers we were catching.
I remember when I grew up fishing the Deerfield Beach Pier, after a big storm we would always have a week of insane snapper and grouper fishing from the pier. This was very uncommon for how shallow and close to the beach our pier was.
Iâ€™m not sure if its the swells or rough water that moves these fish in or a change in pressure, but it seems to be the trend after every storm.
Another thing that generally occurs after a storm such as a hurricane is a lobster crawl or walk. This is where lobster will walk up the coast from the keys and biscayne bay and migrate north seeking refugee in the dirty water produced by a tropical system.
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