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Hanna, Ike and Josephine

Capt. Alex Crawford
September 4, 2008
Carrabelle - Saltwater Fishing Report

Hanna, Ike and Josephine—UGHHHHHHH!

Currently listed on the Active Tropical Storms and/or Hurricane Advisories are our new friends Hanna, Ike and Josephine. Am I the only one who really gets tired of constantly tracking tropical weather reports. The clients read the weather channel or watch it on TV and basically crawl into their shells to wait for fishable weather. I can't blame them. Driving to the Gulf Coast in the teeth of a Class 3 hurricane is borderline insanity. May, June and July gave us some good fishing weather, but August and September have been disastrous and it just pisses me off no end. At one point as I follow these storms in my computer weather models, there were 5 storms moving toward the Forgotten Gulf coast. Gets things stirred up both inshore and offshore and the fishing becomes impossible. Or maybe I should say, the fishing can not be done comfortably. And customer comfort on the water is one of the primary missions. It's supposed to be FUN!

The fishing will turn on again when all of this smutz has moved out, but right now the fishing is non-existent. Sorry to be the bearer of bad fishing news, but the reality is what it is! As always, Mother Nature wins again. Just gotta accept the things in life that we can't change. We should just shuck a couple dozen on the half shell, pop open an ice-cold long neck and kick back. Since the alternatives are minimal, come on down and join in the laid-back atmosphere.

A few of the guides with big boats have caught some fish, but it sure has not been easy. Pitching and yawing in 4 to 6s is too tough for the average angler. Patience and discretion is the only way to go in my mind. There will always be another fishing day. When we get back to normal, I will report what's happening immediately, stay tuned.

Till next tide, tight lines and solid hookups,
Captain Alex Crawford
(850) 697-8946

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Captain Alex Crawford is a full time guide who has fished the Florida Panhandle offshore for 26 years. He specializes in grouper and snapper trips with light tackle on live bait. Custom trips for companies with multiple boats will be arranged. Inshore trips targeting specific species and custom eco trips are available for birding, gator watching, shelling, picnics and barrier islands. Contact Captain Alex for a fun and productive trip on Florida's Forgotten Coast.

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Topknots Charters
P. O. Box 1029
Carrabelle, FL 32322
Phone: 850-697-8946
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