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Old 06-07-2013, 01:41 PM
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Default Re: Fishing Clearwater area in late August

Rough weather, really can't say that and that hurricane season is pretty
flexible with its date and the number of hurricanes and tropcial storms it will dish out.
I have expirienced a tropical storm and a cat. 3 hurricane in October so
you can never tell.

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Naples FL a few days before hurricane Wilma made landfall.

In general .... little surf, having said that I should point out I always travel end of September beginning of October.

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Early morning on a Gulf beach.

Winds pick up in the afternoon and that makes spotting fish and presenting fish at the shallow beach difficult, better than to seek out pilings, yetties and inlets
and fish deeper water and structure.

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Afternoon at the beach

Clouds build later in the morning and in the afternoon they have grown
enough to produce thunderstorms and rain inland.
Most of the time a seabreeze will keep showers away from the beach but I
have witnessed that they eventually might move over the gulf, it is not pretty when you get caught in a thunderstorm on the beach

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Afternoon at the beach during showers

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Wrong timing as all hell is about to break loose

There are two other things that can mess with your fishing at a Gulf beach.

1-Winds from the west, usually when a cold front makes it way from
Canada and stalls in the south iffy weather can be expected.
Strong winds will churn the coastal water into a brown mess, lots of seaweed
will turn up floating in the water making flyfishing impossible.
Only remedy is to find a decent outlet that pushes cleaner water at outgoing tide
into the Gulf, than you still have a chance of catching fish.
If you had a personal watercraft like a canoe you might fish the intracoastal
or inner bays.

2-Red tide, when these fish killing algae turn up fishing will end soon.
It varies in severity but I have seen the Gulf dark brown and the beach
full of dead fish - imagine the smell...
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