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  • Writer's pictureDerek Sirois

Fishing After A Hurricane

Updated: Mar 17

The Gulf of Mexico is a popular destination for fishing charters, attracting thousands of anglers every year. However, this region is also prone to hurricanes, which can have a significant impact on fishing charters. In this blog post, we will explore how hurricanes affect fishing charters in the Gulf of Mexico.

Cancellations and Rescheduling

One of the most obvious effects of hurricanes on fishing charters is the cancellation or rescheduling of trips. When a hurricane is approaching, charters will usually cancel all trips until the storm has passed. This is done to ensure the safety of both passengers and crew.

Even after the hurricane has passed, it may take several days or weeks for the water to calm down and for conditions to be safe for fishing. During this time, charters may need to reschedule trips, which can be inconvenient for both the charter company and the passengers.

Changes in Fish Behavior

Hurricanes can also have a significant impact on fish behavior. As the storm approaches, fish may move to deeper waters or seek shelter in bays and estuaries. After the storm has passed, the change in water temperature and salinity can also affect fish behavior.

For example, after a hurricane, fish may be more active and easier to catch, as the storm has stirred up the water and brought in new nutrients. However, they may also be more dispersed and harder to locate, making it more challenging for charters to find the best fishing spots.

Damage to Boats and Equipment

Another effect of hurricanes on fishing charters is the potential damage to boats and equipment. Even if a charter company takes all necessary precautions to secure their boats, there is still a risk of damage from high winds, storm surges, and flooding.

This can be costly for charter companies, as they may need to repair or replace damaged boats and equipment. It can also lead to delays in resuming normal operations, as the charter company may need to wait for insurance claims to be processed and repairs to be completed.

In conclusion, hurricanes can have a significant impact on fishing charters in the Gulf of Mexico. From cancellations and rescheduling to changes in fish behavior and damage to boats and equipment, charter companies and anglers need to be prepared for the potential effects of these storms. While hurricanes can be unpredictable, it is important to stay informed and to take all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of everyone involved in fishing charters.

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