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Loop current 4 year history

Old 02-08-2019, 04:23 PM
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Tom Hilton dent this over to me. Iím curios to see how your fishing compared to the loop current patterns. I wonder how much effect this really has






Here are the last 4 years
I drew a route on todayís position of the Loop Current, which is overlaid on the other 3 images - right now itís about 230 nm from Perdido Pass.
2018 shows it to be much further north, a little over 100 nm from PP.
2017 it is AWOL - not even on the chart.
2016 shows it approximately where it is today.
We can look back at Catch rates during those years to determine the effect of the Loop Current being positioned so differently.
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Old 02-08-2019, 04:24 PM
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Date in tip left corner of map. I got them out of order.....
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Old 02-08-2019, 04:37 PM
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I adjust my fishing to the conditions. So question would be best asked by a specific species. If I know fresh water has pushed out 100 miles from floods, then I do not waste my time for many species. I do like where you are going with this thread, but think it needs to narrowed down to one or two types of fish. Or asked what others do when this happens.

For example, I had banner years for Dolphin in 2015. But once the floods came not so much. I knew they do not like the water we were fishing in so I changed to more bottom fish Last year we caught a LOT of ling, conditions were perfect, and we figured it out and went after them. But this year the conditions might be good, so may go after other fish. Just an example, so you can narrow down your question and think get better results.
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Old 02-08-2019, 04:47 PM
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Interesting. I mostly fish on the east side of the map in the edges area (from the Swanson to the Steamboat). 2016 was pretty good and we had blue water throughout the spring and summer. Early 2017 was crazy. Green water early and blue marlin, makos, lots of big blackin on the edge. Then the water went brown by mid summer all the way past the weather buoys and shut us down. 2018 we had beautiful water all year but it seemed fairly void of HMS life.
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Old 02-08-2019, 04:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Jeepman View Post
So question would be best asked by a specific species.
Solid point. In my above post I noted 2017 starting out being odd with off water and blues in 240'. But we couldn't buy a wahoo. I know of more blues caught HST the edge than wahoos in that time period. Makos with more than normal blackfins in close then too whereas you usually see hammers and wahoo.
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My thoughts were Tuna but I really like the effect by species. Interesting thoughts on targeting what the conditions are right for
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Tom has great info if you use it all together!!!
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