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BIGFISH: How to catch fish with high-water levels from Hurricane Michael

The trick to catching fish is tied tightly to the high-water levels and understanding how they affect the fish as the tides fall.

The trick to catching fish is tied tightly to the high-water levels and understanding how they affect the fish as the tides fall.

High Tides From Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael is the news of the week and Drew Brees, well he blew away a whole bunch of records as well as the Washington Redskins.

But the weather system I think should be named and nominated for the weather hall of fame is this cold front we haven’t even seen yet.

I mean we have to give it credit for helping us dodge the cannonball known as Hurricane Michael.

We name it Cool Front Atta Boy, Way To Go, Or Push It Back and give it a medal.

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Water Levels Are Key

Now as far as this weekend goes, you anglers probably think this will be a good weekend for fishing. But it’s really all about the water levels, they’re key.

The truth is we haven’t see normal water levels since Hurricane Gordon made its close call pass to us but that should change.

These winds have a northerly component to them and that should move the water out of the marsh pretty quickly.

What You’ll Catch

So if you’re fishing and that water level is high you’re going to going to go deep into the marsh for speckled trout and redfish.

Once the water starts to move out of the marsh, you’re going to want to look for points, cutoffs, drain canals, and mouths of bayous.

You’re going to get that water coming out of the marsh because it’s going to be full of bait and the fish are certainly going to be there waiting to feed.

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Look For Clean Water

And you got to look for clean water. Mud is going to move out of that high water as it drops from the marsh.

It’s part of our erosion problem but it also creates a fishing problem. So, clean water is key.

Keep An Eye Out For “Hull Inspectors”

Don’t forget, unusually high water also puts unwanted objects in the water such as debris, logs, and things we jokingly call “hull inspectors.”

Keep a sharp eye out for anything that may damage your hull or engine.

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The Future Means More Fish

Now once this water gets back to normal and the cooler temperatures are telling fish to prepare for winter, I think we’re going to see a fall fishing feeding frenzy. And it’s going to be good!

That’s this week’s BIGFISH report. I’m Captain CT Williams for WAFB 9 News.


Captain CT Williams has more hot spots tackle tips and even fish recipes every Saturday morning on the BIGFISH TV show.

The BIGFISH TV show airs on WAFB every Saturday morning at 5:30 a.m. Don’t forget to set your DVR!

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