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Gulf of Mexico Fishing in a Tropical Storm

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I was able to make another fishing trip down to Corpus Christi Texas to do some gulf saltwater fishing for redfish and speckled trout. I planned this trip 3 days prior to leaving, and the weather changed the last day. I decided to go anyway in hopes the weather would change again but it didn't. The first day we got out there, we were all setup, walking from the car to wade in our spot, then saw lightning strike not too far away. We decided that our lives were not worth risking for some redfish. Thats the problem with fishing saltwater, especially in the gulf. Weather can turn on you quickly. So the first whole day was a bust, and Johnny didn't get to fish.

The end of the day the weather improved a little and I headed out alone, because Johnny had to watch his son as his wife went to work. I did not have luck even though I fished a few spots ive had luck with before. It seemed that the storm sent these fish out deep, to where I couldn't get to. I only had 1.5 days to fish, so I was hoping the next half day of fishing I was able to get something. We went out, and the wind was pushing 30mph, with 40mph gusts. Very difficult to fly fish in those conditions. I had the flies hitting me in the back of the head, and had to do many side casts to keep the fly low and out of the wind. Johnny didn't even bother messing with the fly rod, honestly I don't blame him. He was able to hook and land a slot red, one very nice size actually. This redfish had some major shoulders on it and fought quite nicely.

 

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During hot weather months (or anytime when lightning is a possibility...).   We try to be on the water before dawn and off the water as early as possible...

Lightning isn’t funny.  If you’re inside your car though, you’re fully protected no matter how bad it gets...

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22 hours ago, Capt Bob LeMay said:

During hot weather months (or anytime when lightning is a possibility...).   We try to be on the water before dawn and off the water as early as possible...

Lightning isn’t funny.  If you’re inside your car though, you’re fully protected no matter how bad it gets...

Yeah, it actually wasn’t hot weather months though.  65 degrees that day.  Sucked.  We were out on the water at 7:30 or so.  Left at daybreak from his house.  

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Nothing like storms in colder weather to test your stamina.

 

In summer, down here, I try to have my anglers on the water one hour before dawn.  That takes some doing on my part since each day it’s 93 miles from my home to the ramp.

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On 5/3/2021 at 9:32 AM, Capt Bob LeMay said:

Nothing like storms in colder weather to test your stamina.

 

In summer, down here, I try to have my anglers on the water one hour before dawn.  That takes some doing on my part since each day it’s 93 miles from my home to the ramp.

For sure, I agree. Im an early bird, but when I go down, I stay with my buddy who likes to stay up late.  LOL.  He never is up before 7:30, so I usually don't get on the water till later.  I need to one day just tell him to go to bed, and we can be out on the water early.  But im staying at his house so I don't really feel its fair to tell him what to do.  HAHAHHA. 

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Get up and go without him.  I'm a morning person, but I don't push to get on the water early.  I've done it, many time over many years.  So far, I've never caught anything "early" that made me say, "Ooo, I have to go this early again."  I catch as many fish through the day that early morning fishing isn't a big deal.

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A study of big LM bass showed they were caught between 10 AM and 2 PM. The best time to go fishing is yesterday when they were biting. The other best time is tomorrow when you can't fish.

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