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ROFFS™ FISHERIES OCEANOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS FOR OFFSHORE CANYONS from NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK to MASSACHUSETTS
UPDATED ON TUESDAY 29 MARCH 2016 FOR AN EARLY SPRING SPECIAL
We are providing another complimentary analysis of the overall ocean conditions from Tuesday, March 29th for the canyon areas offshore of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut to New York and northern New Jersey to provide some motivation to get ready for the fishing season. We have included some spot sea surface temperatures (°F) and located the main eddy features with arrows indicating the flow direction of the water. Overall, we continue to monitor the large clockwise rotating Gulf Stream Warm Core Ring Eddy now centered south between Hydrographer and Veatch Canyon. Updating the conditions from earlier in March, we are encouraged that this large eddy has remained intact and continues to slowly move westward as it is now pushing mixed Gulf Stream (60°F-63°F) water directly into Veatch and Hydrographer Canyon. Furthermore, there is a large amount of 60°F water farther west over the 100-500 fathom ledges between West Atlantis Canyon and Block Canyon for some decent early season shark and bluefin tuna action. If this large Gulf Stream Warm Core Eddy continues on its path as we expect, it will be pushing Gulf Stream 60°F-65°F water directly into the Atlantis Canyons within the next couple of weeks, then will continue to move west-southwestward and be into the Fish Tails to Dip area by late April and May. Farther southeast, of note, is the proximity of the direct Gulf Stream related waters (60°F-62°F-64°F) to the 1000 fathom ledges of Spencer, Wilmington and Lindenkohl Canyons encouraging some early season fishing action as the main Gulf Stream waters have pushed farther north than normal for this area. Keep in mind, with this being a warmer than normal El Nino winter for the Northeast, it should also equate to an earlier than normal arrival for tuna, wahoo, dolphin and billfish action into this area. Therefore, get your boats ready, do not miss out on some early season tuna, shark and swordfish action. Contact ROFFS™ and get the up-to-date integrated fishing forecasting analysis to locate the best conditions for fishing action near you.