Changing barometric pressure can make fish very aggressive, so fishing around storms can be a good time to fish. However, the bad news is that this storm is bringing a lot of rain, so sometime in the next week or two, all that rain north of the Gulf Coast will fall down the Mississippi River. Then all coastal rivers will return to low salinity for a while. Fishermen will have to run further offshore to find speckled trout, redfish and flounder.
But the good thing about having the storm is that all the fresh water that came with the storm should help our oyster reefs and shrimp production. The color of the lure has often proven to be important to me when fishing for dirtier waters after the rain. Pearl is a classic favorite that is productive in most watercolors, it has a very natural look as it takes on the dye of water, so it is also a favorite when fishing in dirty water. Other colors that stand out are darker colors that provide a darker silhouette in dirty water, making them more visible to fish.
Colors such as Gold Rush, Motor Oil, Midnight Oil, Red Shad, New Penny, Pumpkin, Houdini and Redbone are popular picks when fishing in dirty water. Much later I discovered that fishing in the bowels of a storm wasn't necessarily the best way to fish. The local assessment is that fish bite best 48 hours after a storm has passed. My own experiences have shown this to be true.
And the seas are much more lenient by then. It could bring enough fresh water for fish to explore new areas, or it could reach the flood stage and completely deter fish from reaching their usual surf fishing spots. Fishing in a storm requires your tactics to be wise; otherwise, like fish looking for food in muddy waters, you're fishing blindly. As this water has a lower density than salty seawater, it will float to the surface and prevent oxygen from dissolving and make its way to deeper fish.
As the rain continues and the water begins to become cloudy and current or wave patterns increase, fish will find shelter. In addition, saltwater is denser than freshwater, so water on the surface will generally be less salty than below, and most fish will hold tightly to the bottom. This is the time to fish on the leeward or sheltered side of structures, in deep holes and in places where fish can find shelter from increased current and the formation of larger waves and waves. The hurricane can cut off the water, which means that some fish will die and others, in an attempt to reach a safe place, the fish will swim a little deeper below the surface, where they cannot get caught in the effect of the washing machine.
When we determine the depth of the water where the fish are concentrated and the structure to which they relate, we have a pattern of where to look for that same depth of water and that same type of structure. Squid fishing is a rapidly growing aspect of fishing: Paul Senior shares some tips and suggestions to get you started. On shallow floors 1 to 2′ deep, the entire floor may be cooler, which will cause fish to ignite, especially if it's mid-summer and they're looking for cooler water. After a heavy rain, when the water is dirty, I think the smell is even more important, since fish rely on other senses besides sight to hunt their prey.
Often, after a storm that lasts a few days, rivers pump a lot of sediment into coastal waters and the turbidity of that episode can last for weeks with the impact of staining even deeper waters for longer. This is because they tend to stay firm, but this results in being pushed by choppy waves and, of course, the change in water salinity as deep and shallow waters mix. For example, water can be cleaned faster on banks that are not blown away by the wind, areas that are outside the incoming fresh water flow, and the incoming tide can bring with it a cleaner injection of water. Remember that as the tide pushes inward, cleaner saltwater will also return to the system below fresh water, so even though the water may appear fresh and dirty at the top, an incoming tide may be pushing clean salt water below it.
Good fish can be caught when the storm is full of thunder, but the places to look during these times are those quiet corners of the beach where fish normally don't hold, or in front of gentle streams that suddenly turn into raging torrents. . .