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Offshore Fishing in Louisiana

What do you do???

Im new to Offshore boat ownership and last summer we were in the Gulf when a typical storm blew up on us. Rain got so thick vis was less than a few hundred yards and severe lightening. I have never been in an event like that before. Was torn between sticking it out near a rig or making a break for it. I didnt like the idea of being under a metal t top in the storm. We made a break for it and got hammered the whole way in. Now dont flame me to hard. Help me to learn whats the best thing to do.
February 05, 2013 at 5:14pm
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Posted February 05, 2013 at 7:34pm
Cut and Run

Generally speaking you can see those typical storms from a long way off. Avoid going where they're going and if it's getting bigger it's probably coming at you. Just use common sence. We dodged one a couple of years ago that dropped 5 waterspouts at once. No thanks.

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Posted February 05, 2013 at 10:48pm

Many different situations arise offshore. As a rule of thumb avoid it especially in an open boat. However if you do get caught in a squall it is better to be near a structure that provides some protection and maybe a place to get out of the water should the worst happen. Watch your conditions closely and don't push it. It all comes with experience. Good fishing!

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Posted February 05, 2013 at 10:53pm
never a good situation

never wanna be stuck out there ina center console. But the easiest thing to do is to be vigilant on weather forcasts and to be on the lookout for the rain in the distance like someone previously said. The electronics that we have on our boat made by furuno gives weather forcasts and shows systems moving across the chart. Its expensive but we think it is well worth it.

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Posted February 06, 2013 at 12:20am

Tell em Timmy

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Posted February 07, 2013 at 3:55pm

We had actually been down diving and when we came up it was like all hell was breaking loose. I saw the storm in the distance but inexperience on my part thought that it was way far away, when in actuality it wasnt. Had some major pucker factor going on I can assure you. I have a radar but still learning it. Second year coming up just wanna make sure I dont screw up.

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Posted February 07, 2013 at 6:46pm

i dont think anybody can tell you, what the right thing is to do in a lightning storm, while on the water?? no-one can predict what lightning will do and where it will hit!! you can't outrun lightining, if its happening on top of you!! personally, i wouldn't get next to a structure in a lightning storm! lightning usually hits the highest thing? i would stay a little ways from the structure and eat the bottom of the boat and pray!!! did you ever see what happens when lightning hits a tree, i have a few times? it all balls down at the bottom of the tree by the ground! if u are under that tree you are toast!! a tree or a structure same thing? i am sure no expert, just my opinion! now i am talking about lightning, not rough seas in a storm!! good luck for everyone!!!

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Posted February 07, 2013 at 6:53pm
Time is your best play

Have a big float tied to the end of your anchor line and untie it and get the hell out of dodge then pick it up the next time you are in the area. Or have a friend pick it up. Most problems come when boat owner is trying to get his anchor up your life is worth more than an anchor.

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