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I'm in SC and as you may know we have a hurricane headed our way. I'm not on the coast, but about 100 miles inland. The latest tracking has it most likely running up the east coast parallel and then curling our to sea. What do you guys in more hurricane prone areas experience before and after a hurricane affects the weather pattern? Usually before a tropical storm we have muggy conditions with a southerly or SW breeze, but this time it's a stiff breeze out of the NE. Not ideal for fishing most of the time. And looking at the forecast, it looks that way for the next week or so. 

I need to kill some time off from work or lose it soon. And of course, I'd like to fish if at all possible.

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Hit the lake as soon as that wind starts, and fish the side of the lake the water is being blown towards. This should create a current, and oxygenate the water stirring up the bait, and turning on the bass. I live just up the coast from you in va, and I'm hoping the hurricane still comes up the direction it's supposed too and doesn't change. Some of my best fishing has been in hurricanes, I just try to get off the water before there's enough wind and rain to sink the boat. SC is supposed to get plastered though, so I would stay off the water on Saturday.

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Last time we had a hurricane come through in North Carolina the fishing was absolutely on fire right before it hit us. Cannot speak as much for after but if it rains raise your water level it could make for some fun shallow fishing.

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I don't know if I've ever fished a hurricane system, but my two cents...

Get on the water before the storm.  Outside of it being obviously dangerous, I can't imagine conditions being great after.  Water will likely be way up, the charity will likely be more chocolate milk than gin, and the post frontal conditions seem like a nightmare.  

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when that last storm went through i fish right before (literally the rain started when i was about to quit) and right after

 

it was absolute crap right before, think i caught on that was like 8 inches long and one 2 pounder in an hour and a half or 2 of fishing,

day after it was awesome, water was cooled down and bass were eating, think i caught 16 that day including two 7 pounders.

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3 hours ago, DrMarlboro92 said:

Hit the lake as soon as that wind starts, and fish the side of the lake the water is being blown towards. This should create a current, and oxygenate the water stirring up the bait, and turning on the bass. I live just up the coast from you in va, and I'm hoping the hurricane still comes up the direction it's supposed too and doesn't change. Some of my best fishing has been in hurricanes, I just try to get off the water before there's enough wind and rain to sink the boat. SC is supposed to get plastered though, so I would stay off the water on Saturday.

The projected track is moving further away from us as the day progresses.

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7 hours ago, the reel ess said:

I'm in SC and as you may know we have a hurricane headed our way. I'm not on the coast, but about 100 miles inland. The latest tracking has it most likely running up the east coast parallel and then curling our to sea. What do you guys in more hurricane prone areas experience before and after a hurricane affects the weather pattern? Usually before a tropical storm we have muggy conditions with a southerly or SW breeze, but this time it's a stiff breeze out of the NE. Not ideal for fishing most of the time. And looking at the forecast, it looks that way for the next week or so. 

I need to kill some time off from work or lose it soon. And of course, I'd like to fish if at all possible.

i made mention of this in another thread somewhere on here. i have found the bite to be pretty good prior to a tropical storm even when we dont get any rain or "bad stuff". an east wind and clouds seem to trigger something here. but if the wind gets up too much i aint gonna bother.

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Went fishing earlier today and was able to catch a couple decent bass in a short amount of time.It was raining heavily with wind gust of +30 mph.Beats being at home watching the news.

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  Sometimes before the storm is good, and sometimes its after. It comes down to what the fish's activity level was a few days prior to the ensuing front. What the barometer readings were, and so on. We all know that frontal systems can either excite, or lockjaw bass. Why would you think any different when a hurricane approaches, its really just a very strong front. 

 On a saltwater note,..hurricanes push the bait in, when the stripers are still here, theres no better time to fish the tidal rivers. In my native city of Peabody the nearby Danvers river always produces a huge striper during a hurricane. Like 50+ inches huge. For shore fishing thats a nice striper.

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went out this morning, caught  four one to three lbers and a 4 and a half, 3 on the frog and 2 on the senko weightless texas rig, fishing around cypress tress for the most part.

edit: one of those fish was also a spotted bass, been a while since i've seen one of them.

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we fished a little 15 boat tourney this past Saturday.  Holy hell was it windy!!!!  No rain, but sustained winds in the 15-20mph range, and gusts around 30 or so mph.  This was on Hartwell just above the GA/SC line.  Hit the water before sunrise and came in at 3.  I personally had zero bites, and my partner caught 2 that could have been used for bait, and then one that wasnt even a half pound.  We thru everything we could at them, fishing every different kind of patter under the sun.  Weather was actually quite sunny and warm, if it hadnt been for the wind, it would have been a great day to fish other than the fact we didnt catch crap.  And this is my partners home lake, he knows it very well, even he was surprised at how bad the bite was.

Hopefully we'll do better in 2 weeks on Oconee.  

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17 minutes ago, Todd_Clark said:

we fished a little 15 boat tourney this past Saturday.  Holy hell was it windy!!!!  No rain, but sustained winds in the 15-20mph range, and gusts around 30 or so mph.  This was on Hartwell just above the GA/SC line.  Hit the water before sunrise and came in at 3.  I personally had zero bites, and my partner caught 2 that could have been used for bait, and then one that wasnt even a half pound.  We thru everything we could at them, fishing every different kind of patter under the sun.  Weather was actually quite sunny and warm, if it hadnt been for the wind, it would have been a great day to fish other than the fact we didnt catch crap.  And this is my partners home lake, he knows it very well, even he was surprised at how bad the bite was.

Hopefully we'll do better in 2 weeks on Oconee.  

Was the same way here in Alabama. Caught 2 and neither were legal.

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