Thursday, June 06, 2013

Andrea, the Tropical Storm

The tropical depression that never got any respect finally has a  name, Andrea.  For the past two weeks we have been watching the weather radar close to find gaps of good weather to sneak out for some fishing.  Now that there is a little circulation, that weather is predicted to move out fast which should mean a week or so of great fishing weather.  The winds right now are near 20 with gusts to 25 and according to windfinder, should drop to the 10 to 15 range tonight and tomorrow and stay below 20 for a while. 

I think windfinder will get a pretty good test this afternoon because I am planning a half day starting around 11:00 am once more of the nastier stuff heads North.  The strong south winds for the last day or so should have the fish pushed in close which would make life easier. 

This year, in case you haven't noticed, has had a bit more unpredictable weather than normal.  The fishing has been pretty much above normal, provided your timing is right.  So I have been trying to get people to roll with the flow more than normal and get into other types of fishing than they are used to this time of year.  That includes the bridges, Hawk Channel and some of the back country for bad weather days and being ready to head offshore at the drop of a hat. 

Named storms generally turn people off when it comes to longer term vacation planning  They aren't a lot of fun while they are in your area, but once they pass through they can kick the reef fishing and offshore action up several notches if you can take advantage of a quick fishing getaway.  There are still a couple of weeks left that are limited due to the buggers, the last week of July and the first two weeks of August are booked solid as far as accommodations and rental boats.  From now to the middle of July is prime time for the reef and offshore Dolphin/Tuna.  There is a little shift after that where the reef bite gets a little more inconsistent and the peanuts or small dolphin move in, but still a lot of respectable to larger fish to be had.  The hard part is planning your off time with the catching on time.  So weather (whether) or not something exciting is happening, this is the time of the year when I tend to be more active blogging just to let folks know what to expect.

To that end, for the Marathon area and the NOAA Gulf Water Vapor Loop are two links that you might want to add to your favorites in case you haven't all ready. 

Marathon in the Florida Keys should be your next fishing vacation destination. Join us for charter fishing, fishing guide trips or our fishing 101 so you can fish on your own with better success.

Tight lines,

Capt. Dallas

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