Tuesday, August 23, 2011

8/23 - Here she comes.....

Here comes Irene.

MARINE FORECAST:

SEAS WILL BEGIN TO INCREASE ON WEDNESDAY AS SWELLS START
TO ARRIVE FROM HURRICANE IRENE. WNA WAVE MODEL INCREASES SEAS TO
NEAR 20 FEET OFFSHORE THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY AS IRENE MOVES BY TO
THE EAST. EASTERLY WINDS WILL INCREASE WEDNESDAY NIGHT AS PRESSURE
GRADIENT STARTS TIGHTENING. TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS WILL BEGIN BY
THURSDAY NIGHT...WITH HURRICANE CONDITIONS POSSIBLE OVER OFFSHORE
ZONES FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT.

I remember when we used to get storms. I also remember when people booked their trips months in advance too. I guess I'm getting old.

Today, Tuesday the 23rd, is the last day that would be decent if you were to go fishing this week. Because from here on out till Irene passes the winds are going to build.

I suppose we'll get allot of rain, and high winds as the storm passes by us(?) So what's that mean for fishing?

Usually, it's a good thing. But it all depends of how much rain. Because if the central part of the state goes dry, them no water goes into the St. Johns River, rain water I mean. But if it does and it's allot, you can expect that some of the bait, shrimp and fish that are stuffed up river will start to come "MY" way, as in toward the coastline.

I'd love to see lots of rain, over central Florida. Then, I'd love to see salinaty levels plummet in the river. During August of 2009. Customer Kirk M. and I found that perfect water after a mid-August passing storm.


And we caught over 100 Speckled Trout in one day! Along with Reds, Sheepshead and Flounder. We did the day in two parts.

Using 12 dozen shrimp in the morning, then coming back to the boat ramp off loading our fish, then Kirk running back to the bait shop, getting 13 dozen more, and then we ran straight back and caught even more. "IT WAS INSANE!"

I don't have many times that makes me feel as if I'm fishing in Lake Pontchatrain, Louisiana. But out of the maybe a few times a year. This was one of them. The Trout were stacked up in water that measured 6 parts per thousand of salinaty, versus the normal high 20's or low 30's, that's keeping summer trout away from the upper parts of the river all summer long.

Yes, Lake Pontachatrain is usually less than 6 parts per thousand of saltwater. And is why the place is a Trout Mecca!

But for us. It's a rare opportunity to actually fish in almost fresh water, which again.....The Trout Love!













Screen-shot of area fished this day two years ago after a big storm with loads of rain:  Salinaty 6Parts Per Thousand, meant Trout Bonanza!!!











So...what the morale of this story?

The morale is, you may want to get with me, talk dates and tides and book your charter!!

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