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MYTH?? WEST WIND & Cold Front kills the fishing in Flamingo and Choko?

saltlife1010saltlife1010 Ft lauderdale Posts: 8 Deckhand
Wondering if this is an accurate statement?  Offshore on a west wind we usually dont go out does this apply to inshore? 


  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 4,504 Captain
    It will - if you let it... I just wrote a bit about tactics for windy days (and that's with the wind coming from any direction when you're fishing fresh or saltwaters.  A west wind does kill the coastal areas - but right inside things change.
    Check out this thread to see how we cope with windy weather... https://forums.floridasportsman.com/discussion/284022/inshore-jigging-during-windy-conditions#latest
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
  • saltlife1010saltlife1010 Ft lauderdale Posts: 8 Deckhand
    perfect!! thank you Capt
  • BobberreduxBobberredux Posts: 42 Deckhand
    The wind & fishing as per Capt. Andy McLean from "Fishing Mate" periodical

    Wind direction and velocity is the key to good and bad fishing. On the lower east coast mackerel and bluefish are taken in large numbers following some darn good north-easters. However,these same winds will drive our fish far offshore. A wind from the south to west will put them on our front doorsteps. When fishing the 10k you will find the best fishing when winds are out of the east to southeast. However,fishing will fall off if the winds continue from this direction for several days. Two things occur:
    1. Wind off the land tends to make the water too clear if it comes from this direction for several days.
    2. South to west winds not only drive fish to our shorelines,they also change the too clear water to fishable water.
    However,if the wind is from this direction a few days and over 15mph it will make the water too muddy
    These "bad" winds (south to west) are creating the good fishing that we get when we fish the easterly wind.
    Thus wind from the same direction for several days is bad for fishing.

  • BobberreduxBobberredux Posts: 42 Deckhand
    From McCleans log book:

    WIND.                   TIME FISHED.                   SNOOK CAUGHT
    east.                            27%.                                     40%
    Southeast.                   16%.                                     25%
    Southwest.                  20%.                                     18%
    Northeast.                     10%.                                     08%
    North.                            02%.                                     01%
    South.                              08%.                                     03%
    West.                              17%.                                      05%

    Which proves the the old adage that the best fishermen keep meticulous notes.
  • saltlife1010saltlife1010 Ft lauderdale Posts: 8 Deckhand
    very interesting!!!!  THank you!!
  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 4,504 Captain
    I still have a copy of McLeans little book - and the things it says are still valid - all these years later...
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
  • MulletMaster239MulletMaster239 Southwest FloridaPosts: 873 Officer
    Have caught big fish in every kind of conditions except snow which we don’t get here.  Every part of every tide, crappy two tide days, high concentration of red tide, no wind, 25 mph wind in every direction, filthy water clear water and every shade in between, drizzle, pouring down rain, lightning storms, very high and steady atmospheric pressure, 6 foot tarpon in the surf in mid December, 30 lb snook on two tide days with extremely high atmospheric pressure, big snook and tarpon in the middle of pretty nasty cold fronts..if I have the time I go fishing, I keep track of conditions but that ain’t going to determine whether or not I go. Some times may be better than others but unless you’re in a dead zone there’s fish out there and they have to eat at some point even in winter when their metabolism slows.  Some days they make you work some days you can’t keep em away.  Unless it’s the middle of a hurricane I fish if I have the time. 
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