We are entering into that time of year when the weather tends to be the most stable. This especially is true when we get farther into the summer. Events in the Gulf are the biggest catalyst for weather during the warm months, while frontal systems take control from late fall through spring.
Probably the most frequently posted offshore forecast calls for winds in the 10 to 15 mph range, while a close second would be winds 10 mph or less. When checking the forecast with winds in the 10 to 15 mph category, this could mean good conditions, especially if closer to 10 mph; however, a sustained wind near 15 mph will create choppy conditions and make the Gulf intolerable for smaller boats.
I must say that it has been a nice break from the first five months of this year when we seldom experienced winds in the tolerable range for being on the water.
Sometimes, the larger boats get blindsided by the forecasts and find the seas too much for comfort and safety, and that was the case Monday with the party boat Capt. John.
A 12-hour offshore trip had to be aborted not long after passing the jetties. It quickly turned into a four-hour jetty trip.
While guests seeking offshore fish had to be disappointed, they ended up with some good fish at the South Jetty.
Patrick Lemire, spokesperson for Williams Party Boats, said Mother Nature had 51 percent of the vote that prompted the change of plans. While fishing the jetties, sharks, bull reds and gafftop were landed.
Zath Conway, brother of one of the deck hands, landed two sharks, a bull red and gafftop.
Richard Belleau, 61st Street Fishing Pier, reported the water sandy and the wind out of the southwest at 15 mph early Tuesday. Customers had been catching lots of whiting, croaker and sharks.