Fourth Edition of ROFFS™ Fishy Times – Happy Holidays from ROFFS™


December 23, 2013


December 2013 – Favorable Conditions Remain in the Central Gulf of Mexico

This is a special analysis to showcase the ocean conditions that are occurring in the Central Gulf of Mexico. Overall, multiple filaments of blended blue and blue 72.0°F-75.0°F water continue to push northward into 100 fathom depths towards the Mississippi Canyon. Once here, the blue 74.0°F water diverges in the area near the Innovator Rig, with a filament flowing northeastward towards the Viosca Knoll area, before heading eastward and moving offshore. The second filament of blended blue water flows southwestward from the area of the Innovator Rig area towards the Calumet Mound, before flowing offshore. This influx of blended blue and blue water suggests favorable, inshore conditions for a combination of tuna, wahoo, dolphin, sailfish and swordfish action; especially along the water mass boundaries that push inshore over the Chandeleur Valley, Gulfport Valley, Redfish Valley and Whiting Dome. However, if you are fishing the area offshore of South Pass, you may not even have to travel this far offshore before you locate a series of strong, blue-green to blended blue 8°F water mass boundaries (64.0°F-72.0°). These water mass boundaries form a strong ocean frontal zone that is likely to act as a convergence zone (which tends to concentrate bait fish and larger fish), increasing your chances of fishing action. Remember to look for weed lines and rips as an indicator of convergence zones. Click HERE to view FULL analysis on our website…


December 2013 – Southeastern U.S. Conditions Update

This is a special analysis to showcase the beautiful ocean conditions that are occurring in the southeastern United States, eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Bahamas. We used infrared sea surface temperature (sst) imagery data from December 18-19, 2013, along with NASA Aqua MODIS ocean color/chlorophyll + CDOM imagery from December 17-18, 2013.

Note the difference in cloud cover between the infrared sst image and the ocean color image. Due to the availability of a higher amount of infrared sst images (16 out of a possible 30 images were used) than ocean color images (2 out of a possible 6 images were used) for similar time periods, we are able to remove a greater amount of cloud cover in the infrared sst image. Particularly eye catching are the warmer (more red) Gulf Stream temperatures in comparison to the surrounding waters. Click HERE to view FULL analysis on our website…


The ROFFS™ crew on the above image counter-clockwise from right to left: Mitch, Greg, Laura, Matt, Dan, Candice, and Sharon


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