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ROFFS™ SPECIAL FISHERIES OCEANOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS (LAT./LONG.)
FOR THE WESTERN GULF OFFSHORE AREA
UPDATED ON TUES. 17 DECEMBER 2013 FOR TUES. P.M. & WEDS. FISHING ONLY
This is a special analysis to showcase the current ocean conditions in the Western Gulf of Mexico. Overall, a filament of blue 76.0°F blue water has shed additional filaments of blended blue 73.0°F-75.0°F water, which are pushing in a favorable (for fishing) inshore direction. These filaments are flowing in counter-clockwise direction from the area east of Matagorda Bay towards Corpus Christi Bay, before turning eastward and moving offshore. Conditions such as these suggest favorable conditions for a combination of tuna, wahoo, dolphin, sailfish and swordfish action along the blue-green to blended blue water mass boundaries; especially where they push inshore over the 30 fathom wreck (The Betsy) and the 27 fathom Snake Pit in the north, as well as the 30 fathom Aransas Bank in the west. Further offshore, a blue 75.0°F water filament flows westward over the 103 fathom Cerveza Rig and The Hilltops, before turning northward over the 32 fathom wreck to the west of Doc’s Hole, suggesting additional chances for tuna, wahoo, dolphin, sailfish and swordfish action along the blended blue to blue water mass boundaries.
It is very important to use your sea surface temperature (SST) gauge to locate the boundaries of the water masses, which are outlined in black. Please keep in mind that we use a combination of NOAA buoys to calibrate our daily SST each morning. Therefore, 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. Noon to afternoon SST may be 1°F or more WARMER than the morning calibrated SST shown on the analysis charts.
FULL MOON WARNING: Many times the tuna fishing action slows during the daytime during a full moon as the fish are feeding at night. Experience suggests that the better fishing action with tuna during the full moon is at first light and last light of the day. Thus, be sure to get to the fish before first light so that you can start trolling early. The fish will bite before the human eye senses the light.
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