GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. Today: Bill Miller.
Tropical storm Debby certainly will shuffle the deck as far as fishing goes.
Whenever a storm stirs things up, fishing does not immediately go right back to normal after it passes. There is much residual effect, such as big swells that remain in the Gulf for three or four days even after it goes calm. The water closer to land is muddied up and will take at least three days to clear. All the rain that fell fills the local rivers and tannic-colored water is dumped into the Gulf and bays, changing the normally clear water to a coffee color.
I took the time of no fishing and got my tackle back in shape. I even looked ahead to late summer and fall and prepared some tackle for the mangrove snapper spawn and fall kingfish season.
When the water clears up on the flats, redfish, trout and snook should be in the places where they were before the storm. Tarpon were headed offshore to spawn and will wait until the Gulf clears up to return.
Bottom fish such as red snapper and grouper will go to big structure and hold there until things calm and clear, and mackerel will be in clear water with the bait schools.