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ROFFS™ FISHERIES OCEANOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS FOR OFFSHORE CANYONS from NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK to MASSACHUSETTS
UPDATED ON MONDAY 14 MARCH 2016 FOR AN EARLY SPRING SPECIAL
We are providing a special complimentary analysis of the overall ocean conditions from Saturday, March 12th for the canyon areas offshore of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut to New York and New Jersey to provide some motivation to get your boats ready for the 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, there is a large clockwise rotating Gulf Stream Warm Core Ring Eddy centered south between Welker and Hydrographer Canyon. Updating the conditions from early March, the direct Gulf Stream (75°F/76°F) has pushed farther north and is now interacting directly with the large Gulf Stream eddy pulling direct Gulf Stream filament water (68°F-70°F) into the 200-500 fathom ledges of Hydrographer Canyon and also toward the 100 fathom ledges of Veatch Canyon. Furthermore, there is a large amount of 61°F-62°F water drifting west over the Atlantis Canyons and as the Gulf Stream continues to interact with this large eddy system it is likely more direct Gulf Stream filament water (70°F+) will continue to push directly into East Atlantis, Veatch and Hydrographer to Welker Canyons soon. If this eddy stays intact without being swallowed by the Gulf Stream we anticipate this eddy slowly drifting west then southwest over the next month or two providing good early season tuna action to the West Atlantis Canyon to Fish Tails by sometime in April. Keep in mind, with this being an El Nino winter and a warmer than normal winter for the Northeast, it should also equate to an earlier than normal arrival for tuna, wahoo, dolphin, billfish and sharks into this area. Do not miss out on some early season tuna, shark and swordfish action stay tuned and in contact with ROFFS™ to order your analysis today to get a more detailed forecast and report of the better conditions for fishing action near you.