New/Updated Videos on ROFFS™.com – Click the “Hot News” Button on ROFFS™ Homepage Sailfish into Boat! WATCH as a sailfish jumps into a boat. Video Courtesy: 12 News | Facebook Please click HERE to watch the video on our website now! BIG Turtle! MAGNIFICENT! This huge sea turtle was caught on camera, crawling back into the ocean after laying eggs on Hutchinson Island, FL. Can you imagine getting to see that in person? Video Courtesy: Lois Thome WINK News | Facebook Please click HERE to watch the video on our website now! Congratulations to ROFFS™ clients Team Caliente Randy Keys & Captain Arik Bergerman with their first place with a 45+ lb. kingfish! Congrats on an incredible day on the water! Please click HERE to view more winners on our website now! Cruise Ship Crash! MSC Armonia crashes into dock in Roatan, Honduras. Video Courtesy: gCaptain | Facebook Please click HERE to watch the video on our website now! Flying Car! This is the first flying car you can actually buy! Video Courtesy: RoadshowAutos / What the Future | Facebook Please click HERE to watch the video on our website now! Sting Rays! Ever wonder what those Pods on the beach were? Here is your answer. Video Courtesy: Myrtle Beach Tips | Facebook Please click HERE to watch the video on our website now! Butterfly Master! Butterflying some lovely Atlantic Mackerel. Video Courtesy: Molloy’s Fish Killybegs | Facebook Please click HERE to watch the video on our website now! Land to Sea! This motorcycle jet ski takes you from the road right into the water. Video Courtesy: Esquire / I Want That | Facebook Please click HERE to watch the video on our website now! Crab Master! Can you do it this fast? Video Courtesy: Sha’Quinda Demby | Facebook Please click HERE to watch the video on our website now! Cargo Ship Drive In! A cargo ship crashed into Bosphorus’s iconic mansion in Turkey. Video Courtesy: The Maritime Post | Facebook Please click HERE to watch the video on our website now! Southern Florida to Cape Hatteras Spring Season Preview 2018 – UPDATE ON U.S. EAST COAST GULF STREAM CONDITIONS
ROFFS™ continues its spring preview series by providing an overall update of the oceanographic conditions during early April for the east coast of the United States from the Florida Keys north to Cape Hatteras, NC including the entire offshore Gulf Stream region. As always, we have used a combination of many different data sets, but mainly sea surface temperature (SST) and ocean color/chlorophyll images. We will discuss these overall ocean conditions for the present spring season and how these conditions may translate to the near future fishing season.
For forecasting short-term oceanographic conditions related to finding fish, ROFFS™ uses real-time direct observations rather than unproven ocean models and longer-term composites. We have learned that evaluating the preseason conditions along with regional climate models provides insight into future seasonal trends for fishing. Experience and understanding the ocean – atmospheric dynamics is our guide as we have had moderate success in forecasting seasonal trends of fishing productivity based on the stepwise progression in the location of the fishes’ preferred habitat based on temperature and water color. Please reference our 2018 Bahamas forecast for more in-depth discussion on the environmental and climate indicators that goes into our detailed evaluation of the southeastern United States fishing forecasting analysis (Click Here).
Background and Some Observations for 2018
It is important to look at the year-to-year trends including the anomalies to gain insight into the location and condition of the fishes’ preferred habitat compared with previous years. Comparing similar locations and features to last year during the same early April time period we found that the SST of the core of the Gulf Stream off of Miami, FL for 2017 was approximately 79.6°F and for this year it is approximately 1.0°F cooler at approximately 78.6°F (1.5°F cooler from 2016 when the SST was 80.1°F). Offshore of Jacksonville, FL the SST of the core of the Gulf Stream appears to be approximately 77.7°F, which is approximately 1.0°F cooler from what we observed last year in 2017. Farther northward off of Charleston, SC the SST of the core of the Gulf Stream for early April 2017 was approximately 78.5°F and for this year it is also relatively cooler (77.5°F). Continuing northward off of Cape Lookout, NC, the SST of the core of the Gulf Stream for 2017 was approximately 76.0°F – 76.5°F and this year the SST is approximately 76.5°F, which is similar to last year during this same early April time period. Therefore, between the FL Keys to Miami to Jacksonville and as far northward as Charleston, SC the SST of the core of the Gulf Stream appears to be 1.0°F-1.5°F cooler this year. This could indicate a slightly later arrival (1-2 weeks dependent on weather conditions) for the larger population of tuna, wahoo, dolphin and even marlin in these areas compared to last year.
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