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Does anyone have a good site for conditions in South Jersey? I'm looking for a report that is more geared towards spearfishing rather than just tides, etc. Maybe a good visibility indicator...and if there is one, is it usually pretty accurate? I'm also a newbie at this board and to spearfishing, so excuse me if this doesn't make any sense.
Also, any south jersey advice would be greatly appreciated. My buddy and I are both in Atlantic county. We have our gear now and have done our research on regulations prior to jumping in...we plan to obide by the rules strictly so we don't ruin this for anyone else.
If anyone needs company for free diving Jetty's, etc, let me know...
07-14-2008, 08:11 AM
go to www.gyaitw.com they have the best vis reports.
07-14-2008, 08:17 AM
Sorry, I couldn't resist. www.gyaitw.com Get your ass in the water .com There are no sites with vis reports. If you are diving a jetty try and hit the incoming slack tide. If you are going to a wreck, try and hit it at high tide also. If you can pick your days, try and go after two or three days of seas less than 2-3 ft. Here is a link to Noa http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/ and you can also try magicseaweed.com no joke. Be careful out there, it's not as easy as it looks on TV.
07-14-2008, 08:38 AM
Burtha may rip up sand for the next couple days. Saturday sucked at low, high, and 2 hrs after high in cape may. You never know though till your 20 ft down :)
haha gyaitw.com...Thanks for the other tips. I've only been out twice and haven't been able to see more than 4 ft.
07-14-2008, 11:29 AM
Below is a good realtime wind direction/speed site. Helps in determining if a few days away from the water had calm and favorable west winds. You might not know what the conditions ARE that day, but you'll know what they AREN'T, based on prior days of bad wind.
07-14-2008, 11:54 AM
Only advice I can can give you is check it as often as you can. Generally it's only good on the ocean when it's very flat with light wind. Inlets can be clear even with a decent swell on the ocean sometimes. Some day's though I would never expect it to be even close to diveable and it ends up great so go figure. With some time you'll get a general idea of what makes decent vis in your area and what gives you coffee colored water. Even then it can be a crapshoot. I was living in Pomona for a while. I didn't dive while I was there but I did see it clear up around AC and Longport a few times. I always wanted to dive the go cart and garden pier. Looks good. I'm gonna give it a try this summer plus I'm moving back to the area in September. If your ever interested in an extra dive buddy let me know. Good Luck
Here's some tools http://swellwatch.wetsand.com/#place=39.690280594818034_-73.75122100000002_8_1885_off_none_Sat_-1
They just remodeled the place but it's a pretty accurate site.
Magic Seaweed is another good one and there's always NOAA Marine Forecast.
I like weather bug for updates on wind. You can set it to read the realtime wind off of a local building that cooperates with them. Their extended wind forecast seems just as accurate as anybody else too.
That one Jersey Jim gave you looks good.
07-14-2008, 12:12 PM
I call my dad and ask him to walk to the beach and check for me. That normally works quite well.
Thanks again everyone. That's what I kind of suspected. I surf as well, so the NOAA sites are familiar to me. I think I'll just keep bringing both my surfboard and speargun when I head to the beach...then decide when I get there. Also, it seems like this forum is the only/best community for Jersey spearfishing.
Trigger, yeah that would be great. Let me know when you come down...I used to live in Red Bank and always wanted to try it up in the Deal area (I used to see guys spearing there).
07-14-2008, 02:40 PM
what city are you in im located in eht and i need a buddy if u want...
07-14-2008, 07:47 PM
Betty and nick's in seaside gives a general water clarity report daily along with a webcam of point pleasant. This along with the winds and sea report for the past couple days helps me make the decision to make the drive. You never know though unless you go or have a buddy to check for you.
didn't see your reply before...I'm in EHT as well. Let me know when you want to go. I'm hoping to get out there some day this week after work, although high tide won't work out until next week. It'll be low tide all week, for the times I'm talking about (around 5pm)
07-20-2008, 01:19 PM
Hey Goru, I'll be down there on Wednesday doing some things if your interested in trying an afternoon dive. I know the forecast doesn't look good but if you want to give it a try anyway I'm up for it. I PM'd you with my info. Give me a call sometime on Wednesday if your interested.
Trigger, I PM'd you my contact info as well.
07-22-2008, 09:48 PM
Cool, it doesn't look like a dive's gonna happen with the swell but I'll give you a call some other time when I'm around and it looks better. Feel free to give me a ring whenever your interested in trying up by me too.
Thanks Trigger. Yeah, it doesn't look good for today.
I went yesterday to the Longport Jetty...too many fishermen, so I didn't go out...but the viz looked great...so I went over to the bay, which was a bad move, viz was only 2-4 ft at the spot I was at. I'm still scouting, trying a different spot each time.
I'm going to give another go at it on Saturday, probably in the Atlantic City area, if anyone is interested. I'll keep looking until I find my spot!
07-23-2008, 03:58 PM
You should try the brigantine inlet jetty if your looking around AC. Its a great shallow dive (about 15 feet off end). Have fun.
thanks, i'll check it out.
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