With the news that Hurricane Danny is lurking out in the Atlantic it begs the question; how do tropical storms and hurricanes affect fishing? I’ve fished in the midst of a two tropical storms and let’s just say that both times I didn’t do too well. However fishing prior to a storm can be a whole different story, the low pressure system caused by the storm really turns the bite on. But what about after the storm?
From my own experience and after asking a few local captains, it seems as though the jury is still out. There are some people who say it’s good and there are some who say it’s bad. The general consensus seems to be that if you are fishing offshore then bottom fishing is better than trolling.
The other point upon which almost everyone seems to agree is that storms can cause a lot of floating debris. This floating debris does make navigating the water a little more difficult but at the same time it also holds a lot of fish. Several times I’ve been lucky enough to come across various forms of floating debris, anything from pallets to fallen palm trees, and every time it’s provided some excellent fishing. On my last trip to the Florida Keys I was fortunate enough to come across a shed door in just 450 feet of water. Even though the door wasn’t particularly big it attracted large amounts of fish and in a short period of time we were able to catch a number of good-sized dolphin as well as several nice tripletail.
While we strongly recommend not fishing in a storm, if you’ve got a charter or trip booked during hurricane season then don’t despair, there are still plenty of opportunities for some great fishing before or after the storm.