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Fishing After Thunderstorms??


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#1 ronster71

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Posted June 21 2007 - 08:53 AM

My father always told me that bass fishing after a thunderstorm was a bad idea.  He said that the thunder and lightning drive the fish deep and that they don't feed well for a couple days after one.  Is this true??  We had some decent thunderstorms on Tuesday night up here and I'm wondering how long I should wait to hit the lake again.  Anyone have a preference on a particular lure to use after thunderstorms??

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Posted June 21 2007 - 09:48 AM

If you can get on the water then go.Iwouldnt wait.

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Posted June 21 2007 - 11:22 AM

I did just fine the morning after a hellacious thunder storm, and did really well right before it hit.



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Posted June 21 2007 - 12:41 PM

I live in Central Florida.  If the bass here waited two days after a storm to eat they would starve as we can have 2 months straight with a thunderstorm everyday.  I enjoy fishing the two hours after a storm and even during if the lighting isn't bad.  It can be very calm right afterwards and the fish are already wet.  I also theorize the rain knocking bugs out of the air and washing bugs down ditches and banks into the water.  This would be a food source the are accustomed to right after a rain.  Like ringing a dinner bell they should be ready to eat.  

A cold front storm is a different beast.  I would fish the front of that storm.  The following two days I wont fish.  

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Posted June 21 2007 - 12:52 PM

"I enjoy fishing the two hours after a storm and even during if the lighting isn't bad."

First let me say that any lightening in Florida is always potentially vry bad. Along the weather line, (Melbourne to Tampa), a typical storm line will travel the width of the state and deliver in excess of 10,000 ground strikes. If you can hear the thunder it's time to think about the run back to the ramp, and if you can see the lightening you have waited too long.

Storms only bother those that are in them. It does not storm below the surface of a lake. It will neither detract from nor add to your fishing success. Anything that points to it doing so is purely a coincidence.

Remember, that the bass live by rules and one of the rules could be to bite like crazy right after a storm, or the rule could be to not bite at all. However, right after a storm, just before the storm, or in the rain: if you are on fish they will more than likely entertain you by biting your presentation.
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#6 IdahoLunkerHunter

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Posted June 21 2007 - 01:00 PM

I have noticed that the bite is a bit slower after a big storm. I usually go out fishing the next day and the bite tends to be slower the next day. After one day everything seems to back to normal. I know when Rainbow and Mackinaw fishing the bite is a lot slower after a big storm. It takes about 2 days for the bite to me back on. Always remember that presentation is everything and try to imitate what the fish are feeding on.

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Posted June 21 2007 - 02:43 PM

Don't really mean to hijack this thread, but have a question about fishing right after a storm -- I will be fishing a club tournament on a lake this Sat and the forecast is for rain all day and night Friday, ending just before blast off.  The fish have been deeper than usual because of high water temps and weeds being sprayed around the shorelines.  Will these fish be more likely to move up on the banks after the storm or will they stay deep?

As to the question originally posted - I have also had good luck during and right after thunderstorms -- usually better than right before.
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Posted June 21 2007 - 05:48 PM

I enjoy fishing immediately after a thunderstorm.
Not because it is necessarily better.  I have never noticed a difference in the fishing one way or another.  No, it's mainly because the lake is empty of other boats.  ;)
In Florida a good thunderstorm will cool things off and after it passes the humidity goes down, making it more comfortable to fish.  Plus, there is a clean, fresh smell to the woods and water that I find invigorating.

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Posted June 21 2007 - 06:11 PM

I enjoy fishing immediately after a thunderstorm.
Not because it is necessarily better.  I have never noticed a difference in the fishing one way or another.  No, it's mainly because the lake is empty of other boats.  ;)
In Florida a good thunderstorm will cool things off and after it passes the humidity goes down, making it more comfortable to fish.  Plus, there is a clean, fresh smell to the woods and water that I find invigorating.


I'm with Avid, I enjoy the atmosphere after a hard storm. There is often an erie calm about the lake. That with that earthy smell gets me every time!

#10 ronster71

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Posted June 22 2007 - 07:07 AM

Thanks for the help everyone, I will be less restrictive about fishing after storms in the future.

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Posted June 22 2007 - 10:21 AM

I have found that it is usually better a couple of hours before a storm hits. However, one of the best days I ever remember on the lake a buddy and I hit right after a good storm and it really fired up the fish. They were killing the spooks and sammies. Sometimes two at a time. It was quite a day.

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Posted June 22 2007 - 11:06 AM


If the thunderstorms are the kind that popup every afternoon like here in FL,I don't think they hurt fishing at all.However if they are caused by a low pressure front the bass will probably develop lockjaw.

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Posted June 22 2007 - 03:22 PM

I fish creeks and culverts that enter the lake immediately after a thunderstorm.  Just about any lure that you can think of will catch fish.  The fish are usually so active that I start throwing lures that I have never caught fish on.  Once I catch fish on a lure under those conditions I am more likely to use it under other conditions.  It is fun fishing and I find out what other lures work.
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#14 Del from philly

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Posted June 22 2007 - 03:31 PM

i agree w2ith everybody, its not always great right after, but 24 hours later, it seems to pick up


my best day this year was almost exactly 24 hours after a large storm....

every new spot i would fish i would get a strike on the first cast......caught about 4 bass that were over a pound or 2,

for me, those are BIG bass......
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