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Fishing Forecast Using Sustained Sea Surface Temperatures

 | By xfernal on 4/30/2012 12:00:00 AM | Views (2913)

I’ve been tweaking a little code I originally wrote to find sustained sea surface temperatures for the NC Coast. I now have the application processing each pixel of the AVHRR satellite image of the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico as they come in.  For the report, it is reviewing each pixel for the last 7 days and plotting any areas that have sustained temperature of more than 24 hours. It will also plot any fishing spot within a quarter mile of the sustained temperature. The report is a generated KML file that can be loaded in Google Earth, and it is updated about every 6 hours now.

You can download the file here:

I have not taken the time to provide a legend, so here is how to read it:

·         Light gray: 1 day

·         Dark Gray: 2 days

·         Purple: 3 days

·         Green: 4 days

·         Yellow: 5 days

·         Orange: 6 days

·         Red: 7 days

Any yellow pin is a fishing spot or obstruction.  There are 191,000+ fishing spots in the database, but most are inland. You may have better fishing spots for offshore, than what is currently available in the database. However, you should see from the overlay, where the best areas would be to fish, regardless if there is a fishing spot pinned nearby.

After reading the current forecast as I write this, unfortunately the Gulf Stream has moved a good bit in the last few days, so there are not as many spots off Hatteras as I would like. However, over the next few days this may change and be in a new report.

You can update the map once you have downloaded the KML file locally from Google Earth, simply by right clicking on “Sustained Temps” under Places and selecting “Refresh”. Also provided, but not checked by default, are the 24 hour, 3 day, and 7 day SST composites. These overlays can be used to see the actual SSTs. You must download the latest KML file to get the updated fishing spot pins associated with the current report.

Yes, I know there are already services that do this (Roffs and Hiltons), but the pricing is just way too much for my monthly fishing budget.  Anyway, I wrote this for my own selfish fishing needs, but there is a lot of data for all of the Carolinas. I plan on running these reports at least through May so I can test them for a few days out of Hatteras.  If anyone finds these useful or have any feedback, please let me know.

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This Fishing Report was submitted on 4/30/2012 12:00:00 AM by xfernal and last updated on 4/30/2012 8:33:58 PM.

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Fishing Forecast Using Sustained Sea Surface Temperatures is a fishing spot.

This fishing spot was added to the database on 4/30/2012 12:00:00 AM by xfernal and last updated on 4/30/2012 8:33:58 PM.

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