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Tried for ARS but weather had other plans

So I tried to head out offshore and snag a few more of these endangered ARS out of Port Richey again but the weather said no. I saw some scattered storms offshore, but nothing too bad so we got baited up and tried to skate through as it seemed it wasn't bad where my spot was. The light clouds turned into a crazy storm within 10 mins and 3 miles from the spot(23mi out), I ended up throttling down and thinking of a different game plan. Looked back towards land and saw that another nasty storm was forming there too. Withing minutes there were thunderstorms in every direction so I made the call to cancel the trip and try to head in. I saw the biggest water spout I have ever seen while heading in. It was nuts, and stayed down for an hour before finally dissipating. Oh well, we made it back safely and I looked at the radar as we got to the dock and the whole gulf was covered so I made the right decision.
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  • junglejimjunglejim Posts: 82 Deckhand
    Good Try! We cancelled this morning and didn't try. Low pressure in the gulf is not a good environment. Hope we get back into the normal easterly winds like summer so we can get out early and back early before the storms. hit. With this weather pattern you can get hit anytime of the day.
  • Reel-LuckyReel-Lucky Oldsmar, FLPosts: 3,449 Moderator
    Always a tough call, but, as Capt. you have to do it. Smart.
  • harbisonharbison Posts: 5,468 Admiral
    Good call! Just got back from the Florida Fisherman's 39 hour weekend trip.
    This is what it looked like first thing Saturday morning 100 miles off Madeira Beach:
    It rained, often very hard, until just after noon; then it stopped for the remainder of the day. It was never rough!

    Red snapper were thick. This one, as well as many more, were vented & released.

    The Florida's red snapper season is over until next June. Hopefully private boat owners will enjoy the weather needed to help regulate the ever so abundant American reds. Red snapper are so aggressive that they are taking over many offshore reefs.
  • jay825jay825 Posts: 517 Officer
    Great call glad u made it safe.
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