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What are your general experiences?

I've done it a few times, you know the story...

Blow pops up and I push a trip back a couple days

Wind settles down and I fish like a maniac for a few days straight and get skunked.

Fish show up a day or two after I leave...go back and catch some fish.

So in my experience, not only does a good blow shut down the fishing right then and there but also clears out the surf zone for a few days and it takes a while for things to settle back in.

Not unlike this weekend, Blew like hell Fri and Sat, many skunks around...fish caught late Sun and many fish caught Mon. Fri and Sat was a minor blow so the recovery timetable was shortened.

I've experienced and seen it a few times now, just want to know your thoughts. Using my logic, it would say that fish may be hard to come by until early next week.

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I agree, I get zilch during a hard blow too.

Perhaps the bottom gets so churned up the bait and predators move off a bit. Like the Shark study down in FL last year (year before?); a bunch were tagged with transmitters and listening stations were set up in a bay-like area. Before the big storm hit, every one of them left for deeper water and returned about 3 days after the blow.

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I've been on both sides of the fence.

The times I didn't go after a blow waiting for it to settle back down I regretted it. I know several people who swear by it!

After Hanna, I went the day after and smoked some blues and pups.

I think it depends on several other factors as well like water temps, wind direction, bait and did weed get tossed in, etc.

I sit here now during the 2 weeks where drum traditionally show in numbers and scratch my head saying "if this blow don't go will the drum even show?". I sure hope it let's down this weekend and gives us a few days next week or these fish may be by us before we know it. :BangHead::cussing:

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I don't know how this relates to salt water fishing with tides and such, but I grew up trout fishing small streams in PA. Right after a blow I used to NAIL the fish. A lot of people in PA complained they never caught fish after a storm, well almost everytime I NAILED them, I used to hope for storms like we pray for East wind here on the ocean front.

Now what people say about not catching those trout is true if they didn't alter there methods and fished just like it was another day. You had to find the deep holes and undercuts in the banks and all the fish where stacked there just waiting for something to eat to float down the stream. You needed to use bigger baits than normal and alter how you presented the bait with trial and error. Those fish always fed hard right after a blow, and on that note right before the blow as well, even as the first rain drops would be falling the trout bite picked up until the water started getting murky.

Like I said before, not sure how well this relates to saltwater fish with tides and open ocean deep water as shelter involved, but maybe sometimes just altering your method might yield some results. Now if the fish leave the surf and head out to the deep blue, obviously nothing you do can help, but if they are just hanging out and not reacting to your normal fishing style. It can be something as simple as putting a float on your bait.

When conditions aren't normal and you aren't catching anything but a cold, maybe its time to experiment and try crazy stuff that normally wouldn't make sense. Even if you don't catch anything you'll still have fun trying and might even teach yourself something that you can use at a later date!

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I was specifically talking surf fishing, not sure how crazy you can get. Agree that moving to the back with different fishing tactics is the way to catch some fish.

I've become quite a snob and only want to catch big feesh with a cast off the beach.

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it really depends on your definition of hard and luck

my best day ever was 5 stripers while tossing 2 10oz weights tied on the same rig. The wind was gusting 30kts but the water was crystal clear and the surf was full of whitewater.

That wind is different then what I'm referencing here. I guess I should have clarified. By blow I mean a situation that we are faced with currently. 2-3 days of honking 30+kt winds huge surf and beach devastation. never had any luck on that before, during, or after. Some people have.

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Im tired of workn sitting in the house need to get out and do sum feeshing I know the wind is suppose to blow hard wed nite just want get out and try it just wanted to know your thots on it thanx.:brave:

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ANZ650-232215-

COASTAL WATERS FROM FENWICK ISLAND DE TO CHINCOTEAGUE VA OUT 20 NM-

1007 AM EDT TUE SEP 23 2008

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT

GALE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY

AFTERNOON

THIS AFTERNOON

NE WINDS 25 KT WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 KT. SEAS 8 TO

10 FT WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 9 SECONDS.

TONIGHT

NE WINDS 25 KT WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 35 KT. SEAS 9 TO 11

FT.

WED

NE WINDS 25 TO 30 KT WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 40 KT. SEAS 10 TO

12 FT...BUILDING TO 12 TO 14 FT IN THE AFTERNOON.

WED NIGHT

NE WINDS 30 TO 35 KT WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 45 KT. SEAS

12 TO 14 FT. A CHANCE OF RAIN AFTER MIDNIGHT.

THU

NE WINDS 25 TO 30 KT WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 40 KT. SEAS 11 TO

13 FT. RAIN LIKELY.

THU NIGHT

NE WINDS 20 TO 25 KT WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 KT. SEAS 8 TO

10 FT. RAIN LIKELY.

FRI

N WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 7 TO 9 FT. RAIN LIKELY... THEN A

CHANCE OF SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT.

SAT

N WINDS 15 TO 20 KT...DIMINISHING TO 10 TO 15 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT.

SEAS 6 TO 7 FT...SUBSIDING TO 5 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

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Whatever the weather, I'm fishing this tournament. The good thing is, everyone has to deal with it and it makes landing that winning fish that much more challenging! I have rain gear, warm clothes, hot coffee, plenty of lead and a dry jeep to climb into. I can't wait... :icon_rambo: