When not slinging flies at tailing redfish in Port O’ Connor or teasing up black marlin in Panama, Monte Richardson writes a pretty mean article. In his first installment in IntheBite, Monte provides his take on fishing forecasting services. While you’ll have to check out the magazine for the full version, here is a bit to peak your interest…
” Most of the world is covered by water. A fisherman’s job is simple: Pick out the best parts.”–Charles Waterman.
As fishermen, and offshore fishermen in particular, we are always faced with odds. Each smart captain will weigh his odds of success versus the weather, the fishing conditions and the distance from the dock among many other factors. Advances in modern seamanship– that being sophisticated boats, pod drives, GPS and many ranges of sonar only help to solve part of the puzzle. The fact still remains that despite every nuance of technology, you must still go where the fish live. Fishing forecasting services can aid in getting you there and beating the odds towards a successful day on the rip.
There’s quite a bit of analysis in this one. In order to gain insight into the differences between altimetry and sea surface temperature analysis, you can sit in the library for a week or you can open the May issue of InTheBite. Monte has done the research and picked the brains of some of the best in the business about which services they prefer and how their catch counts benefit.