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In my experience, fishing after a hurricane can be awesome - particularly offshore. I would imagine that it is probably because the rough waters and currents, and perhaps really low pressures, don't allow the fish to eat much. Others say that the storms bring in cooler waters in which kinda sparks the fish a bit. Again, I don't have any scientific explanations - these are just my guesses.

T.S. Arlene wasn't much of a storm, especially given the 4 big hurricanes that slammed Florida this year. Even more so, Arlene was way to the west of Key Largo (where I usually fish) and I don't think that it is going to have much of an impact. However, given that the Mangrove Snapper season is generally in June, and that the storm was kinda close by, and that the outer bands brought in huge amounts of rain (which for some reason I think affects the Mangrove snapper season in a good way), I think that we are going to have some good fishing for the next week or so. I didn't go today because the seas "subsided" to only 3 to 5 feet. I like it less not only because I tend to get a little sea sick being in 5 foot seas for 7 hours, but because it is not as comfortable to fish - tying a knot, baiting a hook, etc. Hopefully I'll go next weekend.

So, have any of you noticed a difference fishing after a hurricane or other big storm?

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In this area, lower Alabama,grouper appear to move in after a good blow. Don't know if they are disoriented by storm surges or what, but they usually move into shallow water. I,ve seen good catches come from Mobile Bay afterwards. Arlene wasn't much here, but hope to get a trip up this next weekend and see. mw
 

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Let the storms pass Friday night and Saturday morning and went out about noon. Seas were almost slick. Dove a piece of pipe about 6 feet in diameter and 30 feet long in 70 feet of water. loaded with small snapper. 1 about 15 lbs. Small jack, no grouper. Dove a military tank in 85 feet, about the same in fish. Last dive was a gas platforn about 85 feet. Small snapper, lots of sheephead, a few small grouper, nothing legal, Arlene didn't appear to have brought in any fish, but it was a very small storm. mw
 

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What about Dennis? I'm sure that Cat 4 hurricane should have improved the fishing. Yes? No?

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