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Updated: 03/14/2014 08:06:14AM
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One of Florida’s nicknames is the Sunshine State. Although we have plenty of thunderstorms in the summer, during the winter tourist season sunshine is the general rule. Often, the bright days are marked by skies of pure robin’s egg blue, with not a cloud in sight. This makes the tourism board very happy, but few anglers smile about it.

There are several reasons a hard blue sky can put a frown on a fisherman’s face. First, cloudless days usually come just after a cold front blows through. That means the air pressure is up and the temperature is down, neither of which is ideal for great fishing. The wind is usually blowing something like 20 knots out of the northwest, which means boat rides are bumpy and areas that are usually shallow often become impassable due to the wind pushing water right out of the Harbor.

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