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Based on a multiple factor analysis, the symbols (hot spot dots) mark the areas where bait concentrations are expected and where fishing action is expected to be better compared with other (non-marked) areas. These are not based on dock rumors or hearsay fishing reports. Fishing reports are stated as such. You should start fishing where you recognize other signs of good fishing conditions near these marked areas. It is very important to use your sea surface temperature (sst°) gauge to locate the boundaries of the water masses, which are outlined. Rather than trying to find water based on the absolute temperature values shown on the map, search for the relative change in sst where the water mass boundaries occur. Arrows indicate the main current direction. Numbers inside of the dots indicate the number of consecutive days that we have seen favorable conditions in that location. Broken lines (small dotted lines) are water mass boundaries detected from the ocean color (chlorophyll + CDOM)  satellite data.

We were able to overcome the cloud interference using the image analysis techniques we learned during our NASA grant. The estimated early morning sst of the Gulf Stream is 81.5°F – 80.0°F. A relatively large eddy formed from the meander in the Gulf Stream that we have been monitoring. The leading edge of the eddy was seen near 76°10-15’W & 33°57’N. Overnight  the western boundary of the Gulf Stream move northward as forecast and fishing action was taking place where the western boundary was pushing  over the 100 fathom curve and several miles north as  forecasted. Today we  have provided two sets (pairs) of hot spot dots. The southern ones are the dots where fishing conditions were good this morning and the northern ones, connected by arrows, show where we anticipate where the favorable conditions for action will be tomorrow. Note that if the eddy changes its size and velocity that the motion of the western boundary of the Gulf Stream will change and if the boundary is not as far inshore as forecasted, then just move offshore until you find the boundary.  You should not fish in the hot Gulf Stream current, unless you see birds working.

CAPE LOOKOUT: While the western boundary of the Gulf Stream will be to the 20-30 fathom depths providing tuna, dolphin, and wahoo action inshore, the boundary of the eddy will provide good chances  for fishing action with these species plus marlin Sunday. We anticipate that the western boundary of the eddy (81.5°F-79.6°F) will be along the 100 fathom curve from 75°59’W & 34°15’N to 76°15’W & 33°57’N. The better chances for action is along the leading edge of the eddy. By mid-day the 96°F Hole (near 75°55’W & 34°20’N) is likely to provide fishing action. The eastern side of the eddy  is also likely to provide fishing action as well from 76°05’W & 33°55’N to 75°55’W & 34°10’N. Further north your chances for fishing action will be improved over the 50-75 fathom depths in the early morning including the Powel Wreck (near 75°35’W & 34°45’N).

CAPE HATTERAS: The western boundary of the Gulf Stream is likely to provide good fishing action from the 50-75 fathom depths by the Rock Piles (near 75°30’W & 34°50’N) to the 100 fathom curve near 75°22’W & 34°55’N in the morning and inshore a few miles in the afternoon. Note that there is relatively cool (70°F) green water moving southward from Cape Hatteras as a result of the strong north and northeast winds the last few days. The contrast in sst and color should provide excellent conditions for fishing action. East of Cape Hatteras we continue to observe excellent conditions inshore over the 20-35 fathom depths near 74°57’W & 35°25’N and 75°01’W & 35°20’N where we have seen favorable water mass boundary conditions for the last ELEVEN and TEN days consecutively, respectively. This is the first time that we have every seen favorable conditions last this long off Cape Hatteras. Further north excellent conditions have existed for EIGHT consecutive days over the Point suggesting that excellent chances for good fishing action will occur near 74°45-50’W & 35°33-30’N

EASTERN BOUNDARY: The 77°F water from the other side of the Gulf Stream occurs in two locations on this chart analysis area. One pool of this water appears near 75°00-125 & 33°15-30’N. Some of this water is likely to be pulled toward the Gulf Stream (near 75°35’W & 34°00’N), while another part will move more northeastward toward 75°05’W & 33°55N. The other pool is east of Cape Hatteras along the 74°00’N line. This boundary is likely to provide increased chances for fishing action. However, with the good conditions along the western side of the stream, we suggest staying on the western side.

Thank you for choosing ROFFS™ this week during the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. Remember every trip is important to have the comprehensive oceanographic fishing analyses we provide. We will be open Sunday. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are fishing the Hatteras marlin club tournament.

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