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Inshore - when is it too windy to fish?

tagtag Posts: 9,873 Admiral
Today calling for winds 15 gusting to 21.  Not impossible to fish but not all that pleasant. I’ve fished in higher winds. When do you decide it is too windy and just stay home?


  • jawrayjawray Posts: 398 Deckhand
    I live in arlington and only fish inshore. Any winds out of the north, i will launch at Lonnie Wurn and cut across to the big island. Otherwise i can usually find a protected creek somewhere. Might be a little sporty getting to it.
  • poncedoradoponcedorado Posts: 877 Officer
    depends on the time the type of fishing I feel like doing. You can bottom fish around bridges or float a shrimp and cork in almost anything

    but for anything that requires manuvering the boat with a trolling motor, casting, or freelining, I skip it if the upper end of the forecast gets into the high teens
  • tagtag Posts: 9,873 Admiral
    Hmm, I meant this to go in the general section. Don’t know how I got it in the fishing section. Anyway, almost all of my fishing is via trolling motor or just drifting. Rarely bottom fishing so always casting something. Wind makes it difficult. High teens is the limit for me but if these windy days keep up I’ll go anyway. 
  • One DropOne Drop Posts: 441 Deckhand
    In my younger days I used to fish in anything because I used to watch Tried Barta and he convinced his viewers to go no matter what because you never know, you'll just sit there wondering. I've had some epic days in the wind and when I used to live in South Florida I had my best bonefish and permit days in the 10-20mph winds. Tough to fish but the chop on the water let you get closer to tailing fish and in Biscayne bay and upper keys the water stays clear in a big blow. Now that I'm in my 50's I say fug it when it's blowing 15-20 and wait for the clam after the storm or front unless the wife and her menopause are kicking in, then I'll fish in a hurricane warning on the lee side of any island. 
  • poncedoradoponcedorado Posts: 877 Officer
    Yep. The beauty of inshore fishing is there's always something you can make work to some degree no matter the weather.

    All depends on how bad you want to go, which varies for everybody based on an infinite number of factors
  • RevJoeyFitzRevJoeyFitz Posts: 212 Deckhand
    If the day is available, it’s never too windy for me 😂 

  • tagtag Posts: 9,873 Admiral
    I did say you have bigger coconuts than me :D
  • windblowswindblows Posts: 279 Deckhand
    I've never found weather I won't fish in. Sometimes while I'm out there, I say to myself "why are you doing this again?" But...The key is to have a lot of spots and look at a map before you go so you can fish areas where the wind will help you. I don't necessarily mean protected spots, but areas where you can use the wind to drift along a shoreline or where you can deploy a Power Pole or anchor and have the wind at your back to cast at a particular spot. Having enough of those, i pay attention to wind direction more than anything and can make something work.
  • tagtag Posts: 9,873 Admiral
    I went fishing yesterday and the winds were in the high teens. The weather was supposed to be calm. Nope! Anyway the wing killed fishing via trolling motor and casting so moved into the creeks and dropped anchor. Ended up catching 16 fish. Half reds, half trout, all under slot. Still a fun day despite the wind. 
  • creekgeekcreekgeek Posts: 1,210 Officer
    Yep, we're all addicts.  I've hid behind the sand dollar when it's blowing 20-30 from the north and 40 degrees without the windchill. Caught some nice trout. But if I'd only caught 6in seabass and toadfish it woulda been better than sitting on the couch.
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