You may believe tropical storms are bad for Louisiana's coast, but you'd be shocked to learn that's not 100% true. This blog post explains why.
Any tropical weather raising water levels could be the "perfect storm" for Louisiana's coast, and in a good way.
That's shocking to most people, because a tropical storm is generally perceived as a bad thing, often (correctly) being associated with flood damage...or worse.
But fact of the matter is that tropical storms have been part of Louisiana's ecosystem for a long time, and our coast has adapted accordingly to benefit from such a phenomena.
Keep reading to discover why.
How Any Tropical Storm Can Make For Great Fishing In Louisiana
To gain a complete understanding of why a tropical storm are so good for fishing you must first understand that the fishing in Louisiana is already pretty darned good.
It's the only place in the world you can catch a largemouth bass and a tuna, from the same boat, launched from the same marina, in the same day.
You can catch 100+ speckled trout, sight fish bright orange redfish in crystal clear ponds, or search for triple tail under flotsam and channel markers.
So, the fishing is great, but what makes it so great?
Why Louisiana Has World Class Inshore Fishing
Louisiana's awesome inshore fishing stems from two things:
- she has a lot of marsh
- that marsh is fed with lots of nutrients
This was all created by the Mississippi River.
Every year she swells from rainfall and snowmelt, picking up sediment and nutrients that are delivered to Louisiana's coast.
This action builds land and feeds the food chain from the bottom up.
Plankton are well fed, grow and multiply, which in turn feeds bait like menhaden, shad and shrimp, which in turn feeds our sport fish (and – eventually – me and you).
Don't forget that, at the same time, this river water helps build land to create lagoons, bays, bayous and more that provide shelter and habitat for said bait and fish.
This has been happening for thousands of years and what makes Louisiana such a special place to go fishing.
How does a tropical storm play into this?
Louisiana's fishing is so good not by river water alone, but because of the mixing of river and saltwater.
It's like a juicy cocktail that, when blended with the right amount of each ingredient, makes for an amazing adult beverage.
Imagine if the ingredients weren't balanced: it would make for a pretty bad cocktail nobody would want to enjoy.
That's where a tropical storms comes into play: they balance the cocktail of inshore fishing by bringing in additional saltwater from the Gulf of Mexico in the form of storm surge.
You can see this storm surge on weather stations such as the Shell Beach Buoy.
There are many examples, with 2018's Tropical Storm Gordon being a good one:
Tropical Storm Gordon did us the huge favor of providing a good push of saltwater to match the amount of river water we got (which was a lot), which contributed to an excellent fall run of speckled trout and redfish.
Saltwater and river water are basically yin and yang, creating the ideal environment for inshore species.
What about a full blown hurricane?
I can't say that it has the same effect, or that the effect is worth it because it's more than extra rain and a few flooded roads.
It goes without saying that a full blown hurricane is bad for all of us.
I'm not saying we should ever hope for a storm, but that a low-key tropical storm or tropical depression can be "just right", minus all the negative impact brought on with a full blown hurricane.
Over To You
What do you think about the "cocktail" of river water and saltwater?
Do you think that's what makes Louisiana's fishing so great?
Are spillways good for enhancing a fishery?
Do you feel that tropical storms really do enhance our fishery?
Tell us what you think in the comments below!