SORD HILTON’S WEEKLY SYNOPSIS

Each week the team at SORD will write a full synopsis of what we are seeing on Hilton’s Realtime Navigator for the Alabama region. This synopsis will cover forecasts from the previous week and how they played out, as well as what we are currently seeing on the day of the report, and what we expect the rest of the week to look like. These will be released every Thursday afternoon of the week and will be sent out via email and sms pushes. If you want to be able to track the synopsis on your own, we recommend that you get a subscription to Hilton’s Realtime Navigator, which is $200 a year for a single region. We write these synopsis to the best of our abilities to help put you on more fish and they should be used as a tool in a large tool belt. We are not responsible for the safety and decisions that are made on the basis of this report.

WEEK 43 SYNOPSIS

This week for the Alabama region in Hiltons we are forecasting an excellent week of fishing for when the weather gives you a chance to go fishing. The cooler temperatures that we are feeling on land are also being felt by the fish as a welcome relief to what was an incredibly hot summer. This time of the year we are not focused on finding rips or temp breaks as much as we are looking to fish structure.

SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURE

If you click the THU Oct 26, 2023 07:40 UTC sea surface temperature (SST) shot, you will want to adjust it to be a max of 79 and a minimum of 75 to see what we are talking about. There is a push of warmer water that has settled from the nipple area working its way north to the southwest ledge and then across to the Ozark. This warm water push extends as far south as the double nipples and the FADs and we are seeing the temp being right around 79 for most deepwater oil rigs. If you go back to Tuesday’s (TUE Oct 24, 2023 02:40UTC) completely clear shot, you will see there is a temp break starting around the Viosca Knoll area and ending at the yellow gravel area. This area matches up with the bluewater push that we see on the chlorophyll chart and is worth monitoring into the weekend to see if it continues to come together.

ALTIMETRY

The latest altimetry shot for the day shows an upwelling happening at the deepwater oil rigs, which makes sense because there has been an extremely hot bite at the rigs for the last two weeks. This nutrient dense-water is being pushed to the surface near these structures which is the start of the food chain for pelagic predators. We expect these deepwater oil rigs to be holding fish for the next few months as long as the good altimetry stays on top of them.

CURRENTS

The latest current shot for the day shows the currents moving in a counterclockwise rotation in the same area that we are seeing the blue in the upwelling. You will also see where the currents break off of the counterclockwise direction and are headed north northwest towards the elbow and nipple area. The nipple and yellow gravel area would be an incredible place to fish this weekend for wahoo and blackfin if you can find a good bottom structure to troll. There are also strong current lines (For the Alabama Region) running through the squiggles straight north for guys fishing out of PCB that might want to hit the shelf in that area for wahoo and blackfin also.

CHLOROPHYLL

The latest chlorophyll shot (select 3 day shot) shows a big push of deep blue water that starts near Viosca Knoll over off of Louisiana and extends east northeast all the way to the nipple. The Gulf north of that bluewater push looks to be a clear green or blended blue green water, which is still ideal for chasing pelagic predators. We would expect that if you headed straight south from Orange Beach or Pensacola it would gradually go from green, to blended, to blue and we would not expect to be fishing a rip this time of the year as stated above. We would still choose either to run to the oil rigs for marlin and yellowfin tunas or to fish structure in 200-300 feet of water for wahoos and blackfins.


WEEK 44 SYNOPSIS

We are back with our week 44 synopsis of the Northern Gulf. We are forecasting a great week of fishing if the weather ends up allowing us to get out there. Last week the fishing was not as strong near the shelf as we were anticipating, but the fishing towards the deepwater oil rigs was still consistently hot with reports of big tunas and a handful of marlin. We believe it will continue to get better over the next 2 weeks as we are headed away from the full moon which was on Sunday.

SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURE

If you click the THU NOV 02, 2023 07:10 sea surface temperature (SST) shot, you will want to adjust it to be a max of 79 and a minimum of 72 to see what we are talking about. The cold front that is currently passing through is moving colder water offshore, where it is meeting the warm water current that was pushing north last week between Destin and Pensacola. This has lead to some interesting counter-clockwise looking breaks starting around the Tryslers, Nipple, 131 Hole, and working its way out to the elbow. This area could be very productive for trolling if you are able to find where a clear break intersects bottom structure. I personally love to troll around the natural bottom this time of the year in shallower water, so the Yellow Gravel area is an area of interest for Wahoos and Blackfin Tunas.

ALTIMETRY

The altimetry has not changed much from last week to this week. There is still an upwelling happening out near the Mississippi Canyon deepwater rigs and this should continue to produce consistent blue marlin and tunas. This time of the year all of the rigs from the ghetto/shelf to the ones in the MS canyon are fair game and should be holding good fish.

CURRENTS

The latest current shot for the day shows the currents moving in a counterclockwise motion near where the altimetry shot is showing an upwelling as expected. Here you will also find some counter clockwise motions happening near our area of interest over the Yellow Gravel, Nipple, and 131 Hole area. There is also a warm water current moving north over towards the squiggles and moving onto the shelf. If you are leaving out of PCB we would target ledges in 180-250 feet of water where that current line is running straight over the ledge.

CHLOROPHYLL

The chlorophyll shot this week is not providing much information to hone in on a specific fishing spot. We are seeing blended blue/green water throughout much of the northern gulf coast line to the shelf. There is a push of blue water into the western fad system, but nothing to write home about. The deepwater oil rigs in the MS Canyon still are in great water with some of it being blended blue green and some deep blue.


WEEK 45 SYNOPSIS

We are back with our week 45 synopsis of the Northern Gulf. The team went fishing this past week on both Tuesday and Wednesday, in which the forecast was spot on for each trip. We focused on fishing good bottom structure from 150-400 feet of water and it came up with 4 wahoo, 1 yellowfin tuna, 1 blackfin tuna, countless kings, and a handful of other trash species. The oil rig bite has also stayed consistently hot and we are expecting that the bite stays hot as long as the upwelling stays present over the MS canyon floaters.

Week 45 should be a great week of fishing if you have the ability to reach the strong current lines running over near the squiggles and north to the Ozark, or targeting good bottom structure nearshore in 150-400 feet of water. The MS canyon rigs should remain hot for the next week as well.

SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURE

Cloud cover this week is proving it difficult to accurately forecast where there may be places of interest. The best shot that we can see right now is the WED NOV 8, 2023 18:10 UTC shot where we are showing the colder water near land has started to push between 15-25nm offshore, which is normal for this time of the year. There are no rips or temperature breaks to write home about this week due to the cloud cover.

ALTIMETRY

The altimetry this week has slightly shifted from last week, with the upwelling that was present near the MS Canyon starting to dissipate and move southeastward toward a massive upwelling event happening beyond Lloyds Ridge. There is an area of interest that continues to build over the FADs and looks like it has improved since last week’s synopsis. It remains an area of interest for us as we head into the fall fishing season.

CURRENTS

The currents this week have slowed down a touch from last week, with the same strong northward current running through the squiggles and bending to the west between the fads and the shelf. The currents that were running through the MS Canyon rigs had started to move off to the southwest with most arrows showing very light currents near the rigs. This is the same for the elbow, nipple, 131 hole area. The arrows here look a bit confused as if there was a slack current. We would search out areas with more current if you are running out of Destin or PCB.

CHLOROPHYLL

The chlorophyll charts this week are showing the majority of the northern gulf being covered in clear, blended blue/green water. This water is still conducive to catching nice fish, so there is nothing on here that is screaming to avoid. There is a nice push of blue water due to the stronger current lines moving north starting at the squiggles and this push ends at/near the Ozark. This is an area of interest and targeting bottom structure in this area should yield good results.


WEEK 46 SYNOPSIS

We are back with our week 46 synopsis of the Northern Gulf. The team did not get out fishing in the last 7 days, but we heard reports of a consistent tuna and marlin bite at the MS Canyon rigs. We did not receive any reports from the shelf structure from last week. If you have reports from last week, please “reply to” this email and let us know!

The overall forecast for this week is high for the shelf area from the Elbow to the Ozark. We also believe that it will be any day now when the FADs will have another hot wahoo bite and signs continue to point to that. We are forecasting that the MS Canyon rigs bite will remain steady, but it will not be as strong as it was the past two weeks as a result of the downwelling event moving over the rigs and the upwelling event that was present has now moved southeast.

SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURE

Cloud cover from the past 72 hours has not provided a usable SST shot for this week. No report to be made.

ALTIMETRY

The altimetry this week has quite a few things to talk about. Starting from the far left, you can see that there is a strong upwelling event happening north of the Green Canyon. Bordering that upwelling on the right, a downwelling is pushing north into the MS Canyon rigs. These rigs have been hot for the last 3 weeks and we are expecting them to slow down as this downwelling moves in. The “conventional wisdom” of a negative altimetry is that once the predator species surrounding a specific structure have been caught, then they are not being replenished with new predators due to the life cycle of nutrients. We went and checked last year’s altimetry report when the bite was still hot at this same time of the year and the upwelling event remained present in the MS Canyon.

Moving to the right, you will see the upwelling event that was once situated over the MS Canyon rigs has now moved off to the southeast, south of Lloyd’s Ridge. You will also see that our area of interest over the FADS has become slightly better and is something we are still watching.

CURRENTS

The currents this week have remained steady for the northern gulf. There are still strong current lines and areas of interest near the squiggles moving northwest. There are also stronger lines moving to the west near the elbow area, which we marked as another area of interest. We would seek out bottom structure in these areas as places to troll for wahoo and blackfins. You can see the counterclockwise rotation of the upwelling event near Lloyd’s Ridge.

CHLOROPHYLL

The chlorophyll charts this week are also extremely affected by the cloud cover from all the rain in the last 72 hours. If you select the 3 day chart, you can start to make inferences about where clean water is. You will see on the below image that there are patches of somewhat clear blue water, surrounded by mostly blended blue-green water. We do not rely heavily on water color data this time of the year and we believe that the fishing is great as long as you are not fishing in yellow or red areas.


WEEK 47 SYNOPSIS

We are back with our week 47 synopsis for the Northern Gulf. As a brief glance-back to the previous week, our forecasted area of interest on the altimetry chart has now been confirmed and we are reporting a high confidence for this area over the next week. The warm water continues to stay close to shore and it has changed from being blended blue to clear green.

We expect the fishing to continue to be hot around the shelf ledges and structure as well as in our area of interest. The fishing in the MS Canyon will remain steady, but pick up once an upwelling event moves back over the area.

SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURE

The rain scattered along the Gulf Coast today means that we are going back in time to Monday to find a usable SST chart. You will see on the below image that the warm water continues to stay in close, hanging out at the shelf. Once the colder water (below 70*) begins to move further south then we will see the bait move out as well as the bite on the shelf die off. This event typically happens mid-January for the Northern GoM.

The MS Canyon floaters continue to remain in warmer water around 76-78 degrees. This temperature means the tunas should be up and feeding most hours of the day, which would make sense after seeing the large amounts of smaller YFT be caught.

There are no rips or large sargassum lines of note and to reiterate, we do not look for those this time of the year.

ALTIMETRY

The altimetry this week has a few things to note. The first is the area of interest that we highlighted the last two weeks. We now have high confidence that the fishing there will be strong for the next week. The second is the developing downwelling event that is now over the MS Canyon floaters. We believe that the bite here will remain steady for the next week and will pick up once an upwelling event moves back over the area. The last part is an upwelling that is trying to form to the west of the MS Canyon and looks like it is moving towards the east. This could merge with the area of interest by mid next week.

CURRENTS

The currents this week show a stagnant current over the MS Canyon rigs, which correlates with the downwelling event happening in the MS Canyon. There are still strong current lines to the east over our area of interest highlighted in the altimetry chart. We would seek out the areas of stronger current where you can find bottom structure (ledges, wrecks, fads) and once you find the bait you should find the pelagic species.

CHLOROPHYLL

The chlorophyll charts this week are showing a large swath of blended blue green water starting between 40-50 miles offshore. The nearshore ledges will all have clean green water on them and water clarity will not affect wahoo or blackfin tuna fishing. If you find the bait you will find the fish, regardless of the water color this time of the year. Another thing to note is that there is a push of bluewater, we believe being associated with the upwelling event, that is moving to the east over the MS Canyon rigs.