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TJ
02-18-2007, 08:24 AM
I would like to start fishing out of Moss landing. I have a 17.5' NR Revenge with a 40hp. Is it large enough? I live about an hour away, what is the best way to check the weather from home? Thanks.

FinshingSW
02-18-2007, 10:53 AM
Yeah I'd like to know if a 16' dory with a 9.9 outboard would be suicide to use to drop crab nets and troll for salmon, and rock fish within 1 mile of the coast.

There is a guy who builds these things in the bay area and they look great, but they're made of wood, and have a flat bottom, porbably not too great with swells, although they are supposed to be great with chop, cuase they are made to be used as utility boats in washington.

Some help please, from you sniffers who really know about this kind of stuff.

Thanks

GCinGV
02-19-2007, 09:56 AM
Billfish,
Here’s a link to the weather buoys. Just click on the buoy you want.
http://www.lajollasurf.org/nocal.html
Finshing,
Sounds like the same skiffs they rent at Santa Cruze.
GC

TP
02-19-2007, 11:41 AM
Ok so here's a report from the weather buoy. Can someone that runs in the ocean alot break this report down for me please.
S_h


NW WINDS 15 TO 25 KT...DECREASING TO 5 TO 15 KT BY MIDNIGHT.
WIND WAVES 3 TO 5 FT...DECREASING TO 1 TO 3 FT BY MIDNIGHT. W SWELL 6 TO
11 FT AT 12 SECONDS.


Whats the diffrence between swell and wind waves?

HSUSteelie
02-19-2007, 12:26 PM
NW WINDS 15 TO 25 KT...DECREASING TO 5 TO 15 KT BY MIDNIGHT.
WIND WAVES 3 TO 5 FT...DECREASING TO 1 TO 3 FT BY MIDNIGHT. W SWELL 6 TO
11 FT AT 12 SECONDS.


Whats the diffrence between swell and wind waves?

Swell would be the height of the wave if there was no wind. In this case each swell would be 6-11 feet with another 3-5 of 'chop' on top of that to account for the wind waves ( which is more or less the wind creating a second 3-5 wave on top of each swell). Which could mean total wave height of 9-16 feet coming at you every 12 seconds.

Another tip I like to use is that the farther the swell height and period (ie 12 seconds- which indicate the time in between each swell, so the cycle of peak-trough-peak) are apart the calmer the ocean will be. So a 3-5ft swell at 10 seconds would be fairly calm and 8-10ft swells at 9 seconds would be pretty nasty.

Hope this helps!!

jbguzzi
02-19-2007, 01:01 PM
Also , remember that the weather bouy is like 25 miles out. So if you are going out of bodega, use the BOON data to get a better idea:

http://www-bml.ucdavis.edu/boon/

Also the wind waves can come perpendicular to the groung swell waves, causing a real soupy mess.. Wind waves are the real killer out there in my opinion. Big swells spaced far enough apart can be totally fishable with little wind.

HSUSteelie
02-19-2007, 04:03 PM
Also , remember that the weather bouy is like 25 miles out.

Good point...25 miles out tends to be a lot calmer than where you will be fishing (1-5 miles).

TJ
02-20-2007, 04:21 PM
Any thoughts on size?


17' 6" x 60" Revenge Series

Center Length 17' 6" Beam 82"

Deadrise 10º

Bottom .160 x 60"

Sides .125 x 28" Dry Weight 875

JonnyP
02-20-2007, 07:40 PM
If you guys want some solid advice on 'small boat' ocean fishing - I'd PM Ain't Scared, he fishes a 16' Klamath all the time off Bodega.

His philosophy is "what do you get into when the big boat sinks?'

Personally, I fish a 27' Offshore WA and I still feel like it's tiny