How often do the weather conditions come to the fore of your mind when you’re out fishing? I for one will happily fish rain, hail or shine. Some of the best sessions I’ve had, have definitely been on less than ideal days, under less than ideal conditions.
My best bags of Bream caught on Sydney Harbour have been captured on wet, windy days, and more than once I can recall being caught out on the water in a serious storm.
3 weekends ago, during the ABT Sydney Harbour BREAM Qualifier, we experienced 2 serious electrical storms in the Sydney area. Fortunately on the Saturday, it struck after competition hours, but the one on Sunday rolled in quickly, with very little notice about lunch time. Strong wind, pelting rain, thunder and lightning that lasted maybe 45 minutes. In fact the wind squalls were so strong that the wind was coming in sideways, and my non boater, Aaron learnt a valuable lesson about tournament fishing – always bring your wet weather gear!
When we returned to the weigh in later in the afternoon, I overheard some of the guys discussing taking shelter under the various bridges and cover around the harbour, but honestly, I happily fished through the storm, not really giving it a second thought, except for the fact that Aaron was uncomfortably soaked through to the bone. The best I could do was offer him a spare pare of goggles to shield his eyes when we were on the move.
A couple of days ago though, I happened across a link on Facebook, about a guy who was caught in a similar storm some years back in the US. In fact, he was struck by lightning whilst on the water, and was lucky to survive to tell his story.
Whilst it’s an old news story, I hadn’t seen it before. It’s scary stuff, and makes me think that I might just take a little more notice next time I’m caught out there in an electrical storm. You can see more photos from the incident here