Pensacola Fishing Forum

Pensacola Fishing Forum (https://www.pensacolafishingforum.com/)
-   Safety (https://www.pensacolafishingforum.com/f70/)
-   -   Dealing with thunderstorms (https://www.pensacolafishingforum.com/f70/dealing-thunderstorms-828402/)

VandalRefugee 05-23-2017 12:47 PM

Dealing with thunderstorms
 
What do you guys do to mitigate the risk of forecast isolated thunderstorms when out fishing? Do you just stay within x miles or minutes of the marina and keep a close eye on the weather and play it by ear? Cancel the whole trip, or just plan on running out of their way and maximizing fishing time? The wunderground forecast was calling for a good chance of showers and thunderstorms all weekend but the weather radar showed they were dead wrong for almost all of saturday and a good bit of sunday. Got some stuff taken care of and hit the beer fest sunday so it wasn't a total loss but every day counts on these short snapper seasons. Any general rules of thumb you guys use?

yukondog 05-23-2017 01:21 PM

I use to keep fishing unless it was to close, but after getting hit by lightning the day before hurricane Dennis now I RUN, it scares the hell out of me!

daniel9829 05-23-2017 02:07 PM

If you can hear it. It can hit your graphite rod!

Diggety 05-23-2017 02:41 PM

I don't put much stock in the forecast. I do keep a close eye on the radar though and if they do start building I'm outta there.

Realtor 05-23-2017 03:39 PM

Ive gotten shocked while holding my fishing rod before.... If I can run, I run, if not, I grit my teeth and hang in there....

badonskybuccaneers 05-23-2017 04:33 PM

I say "Better Safe Than Crispy" ...or on the bottom. OMHO, depends on what you are in, and where you are running and what the forecast is calling for. Like the past several days, I just bail on any chance of an offshore trip. No sense in chancing big problems very far out. Especially in a bay boat.
Inshore- as long as I could see a decent window of opportunity and my target area is not too far away from the ramp- I might try it as long as things didn't start looking bad.
An any case... I ALWAYS keep a weather eye out!
Anyway- take the advice here, but always stay within your "comfort" zone. If you are not sure- better to stay home than loose the bet and end up :hurt:

sniperpeeps 05-23-2017 10:12 PM

XM weather is the way to go. There is a little delay on the radar, however I can't tell you how many days i have been way offshore and either been able to stay and continue fishing, move and fish elsewhere, or know when it's time to go in thanks to the XM feed. You can watch the cells and it will actually give you info on each cell, specifically direction the cell is headed and how intense it is. XM, couple with my Garmin radar, let's me know exactly what I need to do to be safe.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Deeplines 05-23-2017 11:31 PM

I use to try to be off the water by 4pm

badonskybuccaneers 05-24-2017 01:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sniperpeeps (Post 7174369)
XM weather is the way to go. There is a little delay on the radar, however I can't tell you how many days i have been way offshore and either been able to stay and continue fishing, move and fish elsewhere, or know when it's time to go in thanks to the XM feed. You can watch the cells and it will actually give you info on each cell, specifically direction the cell is headed and how intense it is. XM, couple with my Garmin radar, let's me know exactly what I need to do to be safe.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

I like it- and a great asset. Just not affordable for some of the recreational anglers.

Getsome 06-26-2017 08:10 AM

We went out yesterday on a east run. We were roughly 23 miles southeast of the Pensacola pass. I started hearing the thunder to the north. I turned my radar on and watched those storm cells moving southeast. I headed southwest to stay on the outskirts of them. We sat out near the Navy YDT for about 1.5 hours until it rained it's self out. We headed north in some of the smoothest seas I have ever seen in the gulf. Radar is your friend this time of year.


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:59 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 RC 2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.