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Im in Philadelphia and Sandy is supposed to wreak some havoc. I wonder though how will the fishing be after it passes. I mostly fish small quarry lakes about 1-3 acres in size. The water levels are a few feet low right now and the bass are crushing baitfish. There is non stop surface activity with bass chasing baitfish and Ive been doing great on spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, squarebill crankbaits and jerkbaits. Any ideas on how the hurricane will affect the fishing at these spots. I believe water temp is in the 60's though im not sure since i dont have a thermometer and im just going by how the water feels.

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My experiences here in Florida are the fishing is usually great the water that's usually hot is cooled off and the fish become active. I'm not sure how it will affect you since your waters already. cooler

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Yea i figured it would definitely cool the water a few more degrees. I dont think it will drop below 60 but who knows. Fished yesterday and me and my buddy did great with squarebills in bluegill colors. Ill get out Wednesday after the storm and see how it goes.

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It got cooler down here in Fl. Fished this morning in the canals. Caught a nice 5er first thing. Totaled about 10 in 2 hours.

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I'm not looking forward as the worst case scenario but I'd rather be interested in helping your fellow neighbor after this storm than fishing.

but up from you I have better time fishing before a storm, afterwards they hide in holes and don't come out til everything looks normal

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First, let's hope there is minimal damage to Philly and the surrounding areas.

Second, watch out for wild animals if you are fishing from the bank. Lots of water and downed trees can make the animals move around including snakes.

Also, watch your step. One false step and you can be in deep trouble especially if you fish alone. Have your cell phone with you.

If you are in a boat watch out for floating debris.

Water levels will be high which will give the bass more areas to hunt for food.

And one more item which you know about. Be careful when walking or driving to your fishing sites.

Geaux Flyers!!!!

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Stay safe.

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Their talking 22'-30' waves on Lake Michigan in Chicago for Tuesday. I'm guessing topwater won't work. I'll probably throw a rattletrap. :eyebrows:

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i am in Long Island and the fishing has been terrible for me. the past 2 trips i have not even gotten a bite. i am welcoming the hurricane because the fishing can't get any worse then it is now lol

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When Irene hit us last August there were 30-40 foot trees (root balls and everything) out floating in 300fow. My buddy flipped it anyway. Also saw 1000 gallon oil tanks floating, boats, more propane cylinders than you'd ever imagine.

In your case (quarries) it's just going to be higher and probably muddier water for a bit, that's a fairly stable environment.

Natural bodies or places with a lot of rivers feeding it will see a HUGE amount of sediment and should be aware of sandbars shifting or even popping up where they weren't before. Champlain now has 2 spots that used to me MAJOR boat traffic spots that are completely silted in and unusable. (Winooski River Delta and "The Sandbar"). Fishing on Champlain this year was by in large horrible up here with so much sediment dumped into the lake, many spots where there used to be huge weedbeds were scraggly and thin at best because the weeds were burried under so much silt/sand/clay. It'll come back, but be prepared for change. Good luck all!

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Their talking 22'-30' waves on Lake Michigan in Chicago for Tuesday. I'm guessing topwater won't work. I'll probably throw a rattletrap. :eyebrows:

I read that too.........awesome!

We had about 12 feet here, still have them today too. The guys that have been here for nearly 60 years have said they have never seen it so bad, in some places we have lost 50-100' of beach. My son inlaw's brother lives on the beach, his home was flooded, so much for the high water mark. This is what the storm did to our jettie, no telling how long it will be closed for repairs, gotta wait for the sea to calm down before they can even work on it.

This is one serious storm..........

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5'-7' right now up to 14' by this evening and 31' tomorrow. Predicting 58 mph north winds with 300 miles of unobstructed lake to pass over before they reach land.

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5'-7' right now up to 14' by this evening and 31' tomorrow. Predicting 58 mph north winds with 300 miles of unobstructed lake to pass over before they reach land.

What's the cause of that weather? Can't be from Sandy, can it?

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What's the cause of that weather? Can't be from Sandy, can it?

Sure is

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Been listening to the news, minute by minute it's getting worse, landfall is expected tonight at at cape may NJ and the storm is working it's way up the the artic circle. I don't if any else had seen this documentary a few years ago on history or discovery as this storm was predicted. Not only are millions going to be affected, but other things as well like the economy and not be be political but voter turnout may be affected. I will say here in Palm Beach county every precinct I drove by had lines of 100's of people in line for early voting.........that's good.

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My experiences here in Florida are the fishing is usually great the water that's usually hot is cooled off and the fish become active. I'm not sure how it will affect you since your waters already. cooler

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Im in Philadelphia and Sandy is supposed to wreak some havoc. I wonder though how will the fishing be after it passes. I mostly fish small quarry lakes about 1-3 acres in size. The water levels are a few feet low right now and the bass are crushing baitfish. There is non stop surface activity with bass chasing baitfish and Ive been doing great on spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, squarebill crankbaits and jerkbaits. Any ideas on how the hurricane will affect the fishing at these spots. I believe water temp is in the 60's though im not sure since i dont have a thermometer and im just going by how the water feels.

This is not a time to be concerned about how this storm affects your fishing, you should be concerned about how you can help your neighbors. Consider your bass fishing season as being over until after winter.

Tom

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My fishing doesn end just because of winter. And you don't know my neighbors. Some of the biggest jerks you will ever meet. They wouldn't lift a finger to help me so they'll get nothing from me. Like I'm a bad person for wondering about fishing after the storm. Plus I don't buy into media news hype. Yea its bad for the coast and I feel for those people. I have family in Ocean City who I will most definitely be helping if they need it. But here in Philly they hype things up so bad on the news. Its only raining and windy and I'm not expecting much more. And season being over until after winter? I fish all year around so my season won't end.

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Neighbor is a figure of speech, like your community or members of this site that my live on the east coast.

Sandy is a big storm regardless if the media hypes it or not. Sea water pushing into low laying coastal areas will have a lasting impact. The eastern front of this storm has cold weather, snow, that can drop small water bodies several degrees over night. If the core water temps drop more than 10 degrees it become a survival issue for LMB.

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My fishing doesn end just because of winter. And you don't know my neighbors. Some of the biggest jerks you will ever meet. They wouldn't lift a finger to help me so they'll get nothing from me. Like I'm a bad person for wondering about fishing after the storm. Plus I don't buy into media news hype. Yea its bad for the coast and I feel for those people. I have family in Ocean City who I will most definitely be helping if they need it. But here in Philly they hype things up so bad on the news. Its only raining and windy and I'm not expecting much more. And season being over until after winter? I fish all year around so my season won't end.

id be curious as well as to how the bass would react after a bad storm....

+2 on the Florida comments re: as soon as the warm water cools a bit the bass start to strike. Man does the water get warm down here....

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Well thankfully around here it was nothing to write home about. Barely rained. More like a mist with wind. My aunts house in Ocean City is fine too. Water didn't reach up to the house. Only went a little past the curb.

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This is not a time to be concerned about how this storm affects your fishing, you should be concerned about how you can help your neighbors. Consider your bass fishing season as being over until after winter.

Tom

Sorry for acting like a jerk, was aggravated last night and felt like i was being attacked for asking about the fishing after the storm. Anyways, thankfully it wasnt bad here, temps didnt drop that much and there wasnt much rain, just wind. My family in Ocean City, NJ is all good. Their house is fine and the flooding at their house was minimal. They dodged a bullet cause some parts of OC i saw were under a lot of water. How they didnt get more is beyond me cause theyre at 5th and Bay which is right across the street from the bay and a few blocks from the ocean.

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I'm in Philadelphia as well, nothing but extreme wind and little bit on rain. thank god. i too wonder about the fish activity after all this...

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Ive been stuck at my job in the city since Monday morning holding down the fort during the storm. It was extremely bad here in NYC and it's going to take a very long time to restore everything back to normal. The rain was minimal but the high tide/storm surge and wind was devastating. Hopfully I can get home to the Poconos tonight, do some fishing tomorrow and see how it is!

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i fished today and my favorite spot was underwater and the wind was wipping but the fish were slamming spinnerbaits like there was no tomorrow. making it a pretty good day

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