Eight Misconceptions at El Nino (and La Nina)
For years, people have been pointing to El Niño as the culprit behind floods, droughts, famines, economic failures, and record-breaking global heat. Can a single climate phenomenon really cause all these events? Is the world just a step away from disaster when El Niño conditions develop? What exactly is this important climate phenomenon and why should society care about it? Who will be most affected? We address these questions as well as clear up some common misconceptions about El Niño, La Niña, and everything in between!
First, the basics. El Niño refers to the occasional warming of the eastern and central Pacific Ocean around the equator (see image below). The warmer water tends to get only 1 to 3 degrees Celsius above the average sea-surface temperatures for that area, although in the very strong El Niño of 1997-98, it reached 5 degrees or more above average in some locations. La Niña is the climate counterpart to El Niño– a yin to its yang, so to speak. A La Niña is defined by cooler-than-normal sea-surface temperatures across much of the equatorial eastern and central Pacific. El Niño and La Niña episodes each tend to last roughly a year, although occasionally they may last 18 months or longer.
Updated Catch Reports Section of ROFFS™ Website
Be sure to visit the section titled “Catch Reports” located under the “Insights” tab on our ROFFS™ website that will feature current catch reports from areas such as the Northeastern U.S., North Carolina/Hatteras, South Carolina/Georgia, Florida, the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, and the Gulf of Mexico. We continue to post weekly updates in this category so please check back often.
ROFFS™ Recent Tournament Results
Congratulations to our recent tournament winners!
Ocean-Viking Showdown (NJ): 1st Place Most Points Tuna Captain Ryan Higgins & Pat Healey (Viking 70).
Shockley Offshore Tournament (NJ): 1st Place Marlin & 3rd Place Tuna Captain Jamie Diller (Canyon Lady); 1st Place Tuna Frank Kelly (Salty Tiger); 2nd Place Marlin & 3rd Place Dolphin Brian Sullivan Sr. & Brian Sullivan Jr. (Emanon).
Ocean City Tuna Tournament (MD): 2nd Place Lady Angler Anthony Matarese & Smantha Freas (Reel Chaos); 3rd Place Heaviest Stinger Weight Captain Jon Duffie (Billfisher).
Snug Harbor Shark Tournament (RI): 3rd Place Overall Scott Demi, Captain Todd Stevenson & Jim Devecchis (Skinny T).
Megadock Billfish Tournament (SC): 1st Place Wahoo & 2nd Place Top Youth Angler Gary Wyatt, Captain Matt Key, Gavin Wyatt & Bennett Wyatt (Sportsman); 1st Place Top Lady Angler David Sykes, Captain Dan Woody & Holly McAlhany (Syked Out); 2nd Place Top Billfish Boat Captain Mike King & Russell Carter (Stream Weaver); 3rd Place Top Youth Angler Edgar Buck, Captain Jay Champlin & Robert Barrineau (Rookie IV).
Bastante John Uhr Memorial Billfish Tournament (TX): 1st Place Blue Marlin (New TX State Record 972.7 lbs) & 1st Place Billfish Division George Gartner, Captain Kevin Deerman, Cameron Plaag & Richard Rochardson (Legacy).
ROFFS™ Client Team “Legacy” Sets NEW TX State Record with 972.7 Lb. Blue Marlin in 2014 Bastante John Uhr Memorial Billfish Tournament
A HUGE congratulations go out to ROFFS™ clients George Gartner, Captain Kevin Deerman, Camerion Plaag and Richard Rochardson on “Legacy” who set the new TX state record last weekend with a beautiful 972.7 Lb. Blue Marlin. Congrats guys! (Photo below).
The International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, is the world’s largest sportfishing trade show annually hosting 10,000 members of the global recreational fishing industry. ICAST is produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the sportfishing industry’s trade association, which looks out for the interests of the entire sportfishing community.
ICAST is the premier showcase for the latest innovations in fishing gear, accessories and apparel and is the cornerstone of the sportfishing industry, helping to drive recreational fishing product sales year round.
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