Today's weather / water conditions?

BrokeLoser

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Would it help us out if we could get this made sticky / pinned?
It would help me build confidence in getting out there if people that were actually on the water would post the days conditions so we would know how accurate the forecasts have been. Anyone else agree?
 
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Paul Ward

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good idea, I've enjoyed fair weather days on the water without a bite. However bad weather can suck the life out of you ,literally.
 
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steelhead88

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This is a very tricky subject matter, we're all still learning and can never be 100% (or even 50%) sure of the weather even with the best forecasts sometimes. I would never put someone else's weather opinion on what the day will bring to decide whether to head out, rather, it's a culmination of previous knowledge and a multitude of weather forecasts/models/charts that help me make the best informed decision.

After my fishing trips I make it a point to go online and check the local buoy readings to calibrate what I actually experienced vs. what was recorded. That way I know precisely what my vessel was experiencing on that given day.

Keep in mind, we all have different boats, power, range, experience, and abilities. To put it simply, a 17' boat will not have the same capabilities of a 22' boat and so on. However, I would much rather be traveling in a 17' boat with an experienced captain vs. a 22' boat with an inexperienced captain.

As a suggestion to this original post, BD members could post their own weather/forecast links that they use to make informed decisions.

Here's a few links that I personally use:
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/lox/main.php?suite=marine&page=observations

http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/total_forecast/getprod.php?wfo=lox&afos=afdlox&parse2=.MARINE.

http://graphical.weather.gov/sectors/loxMarineLoop.php#tabs

http://www.iwindsurf.com/windandwhere.iws?regionID=129&regionProductID=2&timeoffset=0

http://forecasts.surfingmagazine.com/#place=33.715201644740844_-119.575195_7_1422_height_none_Sat_-1
 
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Better suggestion, bd should have a live radio stream from channel 64 to here whats happening on the water with at least a few members addressing weather and fishing conditions. this would be an ideal on the minute update from different regions.
 
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Better suggestion, bd should have a live radio stream from channel 64 to here whats happening on the water with at least a few members addressing weather and fishing conditions. this would be an ideal on the minute update from different regions.

fishdope has live streaming vhf. and archives i think to.
 
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BrokeLoser

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This is a very tricky subject matter, we're all still learning and can never be 100% (or even 50%) sure of the weather even with the best forecasts sometimes. I would never put someone else's weather opinion on what the day will bring to decide whether to head out, rather, it's a culmination of previous knowledge and a multitude of weather forecasts/models/charts that help me make the best informed decision.

After my fishing trips I make it a point to go online and check the local buoy readings to calibrate what I actually experienced vs. what was recorded. That way I know precisely what my vessel was experiencing on that given day.

Keep in mind, we all have different boats, power, range, experience, and abilities. To put it simply, a 17' boat will not have the same capabilities of a 22' boat and so on. However, I would much rather be traveling in a 17' boat with an experienced captain vs. a 22' boat with an inexperienced captain.

As a suggestion to this original post, BD members could post their own weather/forecast links that they use to make informed decisions.

Here's a few links that I personally use:
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/lox/main.php?suite=marine&page=observations

http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/total_forecast/getprod.php?wfo=lox&afos=afdlox&parse2=.MARINE.

http://graphical.weather.gov/sectors/loxMarineLoop.php#tabs

http://www.iwindsurf.com/windandwhere.iws?regionID=129&regionProductID=2&timeoffset=0

http://forecasts.surfingmagazine.com/#place=33.715201644740844_-119.575195_7_1422_height_none_Sat_-1
There is nothing "tricky" about this. Keep in mind it is not a requirement that this thread be opened and read. This would be like any other thread ever posted. There will be nothing gospel like being said here...just information and advice being shared just like any other thread. Again, it is not mandatory that people open this thread and or use the advice and information given within the thread.
 
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steelhead88

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BrokeLoser,

I understand what you're saying and appreciate you trying to start a thread that helps and bolsters everyone's knowledge. We can all learn from this thread for sure.

However, my point was that we shouldn't make decisions based on another boaters interpretation of the highly localized conditions they're experiencing. We all know things can change fast and oftentimes conditions are vastly different 10 or 20 miles away (particularly during east winds, dense fog, inside the CI channel, etc).

With that being said, if someone is anchored up on the east end of Cat, or nearshore at a specific location, then "on the water reports" have value.

And getting back to your original point, our forecasters have the best set of modern tools at their disposal, and these folks are often highly educated, bright minds that can decipher rather complicated algorithms and charts to make what amounts to an educated guess. You must keep in mind that they have to err on the side of caution, especially when it comes to marine forecasting.

There's a certain amount of personal liability when it comes to marine forecasting so most of the time it's a worst case scenario.

Going back and trying to match up how accurate they have been will be nothing short of completely frustrating. Say they get it right 5 days in a row, are you to assume that on day 6 they will be correct again?

Best to use your own set of tools and boating experience and adjust from there. Just my opinion though.
 
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This is a very tricky subject matter, we're all still learning and can never be 100% (or even 50%) sure of the weather even with the best forecasts sometimes. I would never put someone else's weather opinion on what the day will bring to decide whether to head out, rather, it's a culmination of previous knowledge and a multitude of weather forecasts/models/charts that help me make the best informed decision.

After my fishing trips I make it a point to go online and check the local buoy readings to calibrate what I actually experienced vs. what was recorded. That way I know precisely what my vessel was experiencing on that given day.

Keep in mind, we all have different boats, power, range, experience, and abilities. To put it simply, a 17' boat will not have the same capabilities of a 22' boat and so on. However, I would much rather be traveling in a 17' boat with an experienced captain vs. a 22' boat with an inexperienced captain.

As a suggestion to this original post, BD members could post their own weather/forecast links that they use to make informed decisions.

Here's a few links that I personally use:
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/lox/main.php?suite=marine&page=observations

http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/total_forecast/getprod.php?wfo=lox&afos=afdlox&parse2=.MARINE.

http://graphical.weather.gov/sectors/loxMarineLoop.php#tabs

http://www.iwindsurf.com/windandwhere.iws?regionID=129&regionProductID=2&timeoffset=0

http://forecasts.surfingmagazine.com/#place=33.715201644740844_-119.575195_7_1422_height_none_Sat_-1
 
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All the bouy data, marine reports and my new favorite....sailflow.com. I used sailflow this year and thought it was pretty accurate. It even lets me look out a week in advance to get an idea ...but I always go back and check all of the other information as my fishing day approaches.
 
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I use sailflow also and have found it to be accurate. If you have a iPhone there is an app called fishweather that is a part of sailflow and it's free. Hr by hr reports.
 
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Haha...Hey guys, I think this has been turned into something far more trivial than it really is.
Nothing ever posted here on this website is or ever can be construed as absolute fact, one would have to be a complete moron to see it otherwise. Anyone with enough brains to trailer a vessel and know port from starboard should know that marine conditions can change in a moments notice and that conditions vary geographically...DUH...Okay done, lets not beat the living shit out of that horse.
Let me simplify; I have been at home many times monitoring forecasts using many different sources (most have been mentioned previously) and teetering on the edge of going out and not going out, usually because the average forecast is calling for conditions that are just a bit less than desirable. All I am saying is during these times if I were to read a post or two from someone that fished relatively close to my zone that read: "Conditions were manageable, 2'-4' swell and 10 knot wind." That might be just enough to motivate me to head out and take my chances...That is all folks. Now go have a drink and RELAX!
 
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