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How the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Will Affect Deep Sea Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico


Coming into the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season forecasters were calling for above average activity and so far they have been right on the mark with two named storms before the season officially began on June 1, 2016.

Hurricane Alex was a very rare January tropical or subtropical storm and the first January hurricane since 1938. Alex was followed by Tropical Storm Bonnie in May that lashed South Carolina. In the first week of June Tropical Storm Colin pounded Florida.

In May, The Weather Company meteorologists called for a total of 14 named storms including eight hurricanes and three major hurricanes during the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season which runs through the end of November.

We may not know when or even if they will form, but the World Meteorological Organization has chosen the following names for future storms this season:

  • Danielle
  • Earl
  • Fiona
  • Gaston
  • Hermine
  • Ian
  • Julia
  • Karl
  • Lisa
  • Matthew
  • Nicole
  • Otto
  • Paula
  • Richard
  • Shary
  • Tobias
  • Virginie
  • Walter

Of course safety is first at Paparada Rey Fishing Charter so we always steer clear of any storms in the Gulf of Mexico. Thankfully the Gulf of Mexico is not always in the bullseye and in 2015 there was just one named storm in the Gulf of Mexico.

When storms do occur, fishermen want to know how they affect deep sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. The answer is that fishing is often improved both before and after a tropical storm.

Before storms the theory is that fish, through their swim bladders, feel the impending drop in barometric pressure as the front moves into an area and this can trigger a feeding frenzy.

Fishing closer to shore after big storms can be tough as the water is cloudy and fish may have trouble seeing bait, but fish in the deeper waters often are more active after storms, leading to good catches, especially among reef species such as grouper or snapper, which may have not fed during the storm and are then hungry after it passes.

Storms that leave floating debris could help attract wahoo, mahi mahi or other fish.

The Texas state record for blue marlin was caught in the Gulf of Mexico after a big storm in 2014 by Richard B. Richardson, Jr. of Houston.  Richardson hauled in a 972.72-pound blue marlin which measured 132.25 inches.

While we can’t promise you a state record, our professional crews will not only keep an eye on the weather for you but they know the best spots in the Gulf of Mexico to fish. Call Offshore Big Game Fishing Charters at (713) 253-3699 today to book your trip.