July’s Fishing Forecast
July on the Indian River Lagoon Coast of Florida equates to hot daily temperatures and hot fishing. Although the fishing in July can be hot, two different natural events can play a roll in its quality, and predicting the degree and influence of them is anyone’s guess. In the Atlantic Ocean off of the east coast of Florida during the early part of July a cold-water upwellings known as the Labrador Current move in from the depths of the Atlantic chilling the water column from the bottom up. The influx of the upwelling varies from year to year. The Labrador Current is caused by the Coriolis Effect and the earth’s rotation, and it has been known to chill ocean water temperatures as low as 50 degrees on bad years, and have very little effect of good ones. The second major influence is the impact of tropical weather systems (Summer Squalls) as they brush up against the Florida coast on their way north. Again, we all know how tough it can be to predict hurricanes, but these tropical systems can kick up some serious seas even from a thousand miles away.