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Old 06-23-2018, 04:44 PM
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Hello,

went offshore yesterday about 10 miles out from SSI. Seas were 2-3 foot and confused. We bounced around for an hour or so before calling it quits. On the way in it was already noticeably nicer with an easily manageable chop.

is there anyway to predict sea conditions over here? The tide was outgoing when we went...does this make for worse seas? Is it better to go out on an incoming tide?

is there a way to predict based on buoy data and overnight winds? Any good apps for this?

Thanks for any help.
Old 06-23-2018, 06:53 PM
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Look at grays reef Bouy data. Also wind speed is a big factor as well. Reefcast used to be our go to but think it’s a subscription now. Tides do affect it. Usually last 10 miles or so headed in have a decent rip to it.
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Old 06-23-2018, 08:53 PM
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It is all about the wind around here. If the wind is coming out of the east or northeast or southeast and greater than 10 mph it is going to be a bit uncomfortable unless you are pretty hardy and have 30 + Center Console. Weren’t you just in North Captiva, I am just about to leave. I had a nice time with the girls. The fishing was a bit slow but we caught a great variety of fish. North Captiva Club Marina sucks. No dock master. Freaking nightmare.
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Grays reef buoy and wind finder app are your friend. North and or East over 10mph are usually rough enough to be no fun
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As one who has always had the smallest boat around.
I always watch the grays reef bouy.
A few hints,
Check it before you go and after you come back, it has historical data too. Further down the page it breaks it into swell vs wind waves you can take a lot of swell, wind waves beat you up. What you want is to get a feel for what the prediction vs actual data vs how it feels, I'm always learning. Interval is a huge factor. Bouy Weather helps there. NOAA doesn’t give interval.
I'm getting older so I find it's usually too uncomfortable to fish before it gets dangerous.
I will take a bit more of a pounding if the wind is out of the east because I know it will be at my back on the way in. I am also willing to go a little further if the prediction is getting better. Commonly the forcast is right but the timing is off. In other words if it is supposed to go from rough to smooth or the other way, it will, it just comes later or earlier than predicted.
the roughest part is often during the slope till about 40 feet, particularly when the tide and wind are contrary. Many times I have been pretty sure I was going to turn around only to find it wasn't so bad once the bottom flattened out.

Above all don't be afraid to just stay close, go back in or cancel. I know that's hard particularly if you just used a bunch of gas (money) getting out or you have family on board who came from out of state but in the long run better safe than sorry. Oh and storms are a whole 'nother story.
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Thanks for all the advice...I’m going to start monitoring these sites and try to get a feel for it. Wind speed, wave height, wave intervals, and big tides...that’s a lot of variables.

Wahoosi...I went to North Captiva last July 4 and am going back this year. It will be the first time bringing my boat. Fingers crossed.

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