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Old 06-13-2018, 11:42 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Fishing in a Storm

SO my buddies and I are heading out to the coast next week to do some fishing, however looks like there will be scattered showers by Corpus on one of the days. Is fishing in a little drizzle good or bad? And also I know storms make the pressure fluctuate, is that helpful for fishing? Looking forward to hear what y'all have to say.
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Old 06-13-2018, 11:45 AM   #2
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Fish bite good in a rain when a front blows through, not sure about when it comes from the other direction.


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Old 06-13-2018, 11:46 AM   #3
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One more thought. Itís always a good time to go fishin!


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Old 06-13-2018, 11:50 AM   #4
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Old 06-13-2018, 12:03 PM   #5
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While in Destin this year we fished almost everyday in scattered showers, and the fish were biting the whole time!


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Old 06-13-2018, 12:07 PM   #6
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As long as there is no lightening, the fish are already wet. If you're there to fish, go fish.
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Old 06-13-2018, 12:18 PM   #7
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SO my buddies and I are heading out to the coast next week to do some fishing, however looks like there will be scattered showers by Corpus on one of the days. Is fishing in a little drizzle good or bad? And also I know storms make the pressure fluctuate, is that helpful for fishing? Looking forward to hear what y'all have to say.
Boat fishing? Water is supposed to be real rough.
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Old 06-13-2018, 12:21 PM   #8
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Could you catch some? Sure, you probably could find something to bite. But if you were planning on going down there just to fish, I'd reschedule for a different weekend, surf is supposed to be extremely rough, winds will be up, tides will be up, just an all around bad weekend to be fishing.
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Old 06-13-2018, 12:29 PM   #9
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Hahaha you got that right. Thanks.
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Old 06-13-2018, 12:31 PM   #10
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Thanks guys. I appreciate the help.
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Old 06-13-2018, 12:38 PM   #11
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STRONG ADVICE: If there's lightening ANYWHERE close enough you can hear thunder, GET OFF THE WATER IMMEDIATELY!! Get away from the beach/shore... I know folks who got caught in thunderstorms, quit fishing and made a run for it in the boat to get off the water. Lightening hit (not sure exactly what), but the guy driving the boat got lit up bad. He was holding the stainless steel steering wheel and it lit him up, burned his hands really bad and stopped his heart. He survived, and still fishes today, but his boat has a plastic steering wheel AND one gray/dark cloud and he's off the water LONG before he hears thunder...
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Old 06-13-2018, 01:09 PM   #12
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STRONG ADVICE: If there's lightening ANYWHERE close enough you can hear thunder, GET OFF THE WATER IMMEDIATELY!! Get away from the beach/shore... I know folks who got caught in thunderstorms, quit fishing and made a run for it in the boat to get off the water. Lightening hit (not sure exactly what), but the guy driving the boat got lit up bad. He was holding the stainless steel steering wheel and it lit him up, burned his hands really bad and stopped his heart. He survived, and still fishes today, but his boat has a plastic steering wheel AND one gray/dark cloud and he's off the water LONG before he hears thunder...
I'll fish in the rain all day long, I've caught a ton of fish in the rain. First bolt down though and I'm gone..
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Old 06-13-2018, 01:12 PM   #13
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Fish do bite when it's raining.

With that said, don't mess with mother nature. Thunderstorms on the coast can be down right nasty. I'm talking, kicking up 40 plus knot winds with little to no advanced warning. Not to mention lightening. If you are on a boat, you are the highest point above water. Holding a 7' graphite rod doesn't help that either.

Be careful and be aware of the situation.
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Old 06-13-2018, 01:44 PM   #14
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STRONG ADVICE: If there's lightening ANYWHERE close enough you can hear thunder, GET OFF THE WATER IMMEDIATELY!! Get away from the beach/shore... I know folks who got caught in thunderstorms, quit fishing and made a run for it in the boat to get off the water. Lightening hit (not sure exactly what), but the guy driving the boat got lit up bad. He was holding the stainless steel steering wheel and it lit him up, burned his hands really bad and stopped his heart. He survived, and still fishes today, but his boat has a plastic steering wheel AND one gray/dark cloud and he's off the water LONG before he hears thunder...
Solid advice.
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Old 06-13-2018, 01:52 PM   #15
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I will let you know if they are biting or not since I will be down in Galveston fishing in this crappy weather coming. lol
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Old 06-13-2018, 02:20 PM   #16
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The cloud cover will offer a fine relief from the aweful heat, Water will be off color and rough. Doesnt bother the fish one bit.
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Old 06-13-2018, 02:46 PM   #17
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I would have loved some rain this past weekend.

Got there late and fished from 10am to 2pm. Heat about killed us.

As most said, no big deal to fish in the rain. And probably get a good bite.

However, any signs of lightening and its a NOGO.
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Old 06-13-2018, 03:00 PM   #18
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Get a Frogg Togg rain suit from Academy. $20 is a small price for staying dry. You will catch fish in the rain but lightning is another story. If you hear thunder or see lightning get off the water.
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Old 06-13-2018, 03:11 PM   #19
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I figger that Graphite lightining rod aint a good thing in a lightning storm
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Old 06-14-2018, 09:22 AM   #20
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I figger that Graphite lightining rod aint a good thing in a lightning storm
Nope, it isn't. I was fishing with a guide in Florida several years ago when a weather system moved in. I lifted my rod and the guide said "what's that noise"? I told him my rod was crackling. Needless to say we got off the water pronto.
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Old 06-14-2018, 09:35 AM   #21
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Nope, it isn't. I was fishing with a guide in Florida several years ago when a weather system moved in. I lifted my rod and the guide said "what's that noise"? I told him my rod was crackling. Needless to say we got off the water pronto.
Yep, nothing will get your attention any quicker that having your graphite rod "humming" to you. I've had that happen once. Scarred me to death. Dropped the rod end to the ground and made a fast exit..
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Old 06-14-2018, 09:44 AM   #22
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IDK on saltwater but found this for freshwater

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Over 50 years of fishing I have not had many 10 time repeats on catching a huge stringer of Bass doing the same thing in such strategic spots. I thought this may help those that are not afraid to weather the storm. We all have been caught in an upper level disturbance while fishing. Most fishermen will either stay home or get off the water because it is going to be a miserable day and the bite seems to just shut down. Actually the exact opposite is happening. The huge bass are grouping together and being just absolutely aggressive in some very small spots.

During upper level disturbances like:
Lighting
Thunder
Fog and Thunder
Sleet and Snow

It takes a hard hitting weather change for this to produce one of the largest stringers of your life. Here is the kind of area you want to look for; and this is the first thing I do on each lake. I find the heaviest cover in the back third of creeks on the inside bend. This needs to be heavy stumps and any added cover like grass is a plus. This cover provides the big fish with the most secure area they can find. They will group up on this spot coming from both directions and they will all be huge Bass.

Finding the Spots:

If you do not know where these places are already then you are to a disadvantage. On each lake make sure you know where to go to hunker down and it may as well be where the fish are doing the same thing. You can locate as many as possible by using a paper map. I have found that the old, old maps did a much better job marking the backs of the creeks. Saver these spots. Never go there to fish except under stormy conditions. You will have a repeat every time at the same place year after year.
The water will be as shallow as 3 to 5 feet deep on top and 8 to 10 in the channel or toward the ditch. when I say inside bend, that's the point formed on the inside radius of the bend of the creek channel? This would be an under water flat that the creek channel wraps around. It can also be the flat between a fork in the creek. Again it must have cover for them to weather the storm.

Inside turns and channel swings are staging spots where bass will congregate and hold for a number of days or weeks before they move up to spawn, and then afterward when they are done. So having quick access to the shallows is important. This season is covering a long period of time to allow storms during this time of year to take place. The key feature of inside bends is the cover provides a safe place to weather the storm and they want to be connected to it. They seem to move into it as fast as they can get there. I have driven past one of my best spots side scanning and nothing was there. Went a short distance toward the back and turn around to come out headed to my next spot and there they were. All within 5 minutes it happened.
After you gain some experience in locating such places you may find that the map does not show everything. The visuals you learn from the shore line protrusions and any trees that are above water on the creek channels will begin to make you a good reader of your surroundings. I have so much confidence in this pattern; the first thing I do is ride into every cove and find the bends. Use your map, side scan, visuals and find heavy cover. In your spare time go to satellite views working back in history to low water levels and take a look at the cover on the inside bends. Having 3 or 4 spots up and down the lake really helps in taking cover fast and being in a great spot to catch fish at the same time.

Pic. Of Inside Flat and Bends




The Technique and Spinner Bait:

The larges stringer of your life could come using these techniques. Tie up, hunker down and weather out the worst part of the storm. The wind will do a number on your boat and the Bass if you let it blow your boat around and start bouncing off trees. Fan fish the area quickly. Once you get bit, fish every piece of cover there. Then move forward a cast length and tie up again.
My Orange Spinner Bait is one that I spent years tweaking so it will catch the big Bass that are so active during inclement weather. For years I could not fish a bait that the big Bass would literally kill under stormy conditions. I finely got it right and it is my best go to bait in the box in bad weather. The stranger the conditions the bigger the Bass it catches. There want be any question about it when you find this spot. Bass are so aggressive to Orange Spinner Baits you will have 5 big Bass in 30 minutes.

I use 25 lb. XPS Floro. Line for this application. Make short cast, so there is no chance of a 8 to 10 lb. Bass taking you around something. Again keep moving until you catch one, tie up and fan fish the area for no more than 10 min., then take off on the move again until you catch another and keep repeating until you hit the mother load.

We all have memories of those one or two great stringers of fish; but to have a consistent pattern like this at least 10 times during my life was worth mentioning.
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