We don't know to many fishermen that just head out into the ocean without getting a fishing forecast first. We added the marine weather section as part of our extensive fishing tools resource so angler's could head out on their fishing trip with the confidence of knowing they aren't heading into a dangerous weather situation that could endanger lives and property. If you fish long enough it is likely you will get caught in a thunderstorm or squall sooner or later but if you check your fishing forecast before you leave the dock you can minimize the likelyhood of an uncontrollable dangerous weather situation. Our marine weather report data is retrieved from NOAA and is updated concurrently with their data servers.
Fishing Buoy Reports
Along with your general marine forecast you can access current world buoy weather data including data for all oceans surrounding the USA. If you are fishing in the Great Lakes you can also get observations for these locations. These NOAA buoy observations are essential tools for offshore sport fishing and fishing charters. This tool is an absolute must for charter boat Captains as they can retrieve sea water temperatures, wave height observations, and the current ocean swell data before they ever leave the inlet.
| Ocean Buoy Reports|
| Extended Marine Weather Forecast Current marine weather observations.|
NOMAD buoys -- The 6-meter NOMAD is an aluminum-hulled, boat-shaped buoy which provides relatively high cost effectiveness and excellent long-term survivability in severe seas. These buoys are highly directional and have a quick rotational response. There have been no known capsizings of 6-meter NOMAD hulls. The relatively small size of the NOMAD allows for superb transportability via flatbed trailer, rail, or ship. Like the 3-meter discus, they are less likely to corrode and the magnetic effects on the compass are slight.
Discus buoys -- Discus buoys have circular hulls. NDBC's operational discus buoys are designed in three sizes: 12-meters, 10-meters, and 3-meters. The steel-hulled, 12-meter discus buoys are more sturdy in rough weather than the smaller, steel-hulled 10-meter discus buoy, but are more costly to maintain. The 10-meter buoy has been known to capsize in certain environmental conditions and the overall motion of the buoy is more lively than that of the 12-meter buoy. Due to their size, the 10-meter and the 12-meter buoys generally have to be towed behind a Coast Guard Cutter to their appropriate locations.
The aluminum-hulled, 3-meter discus is very cost-effective but does not offer long-term survivability that the larger discus hulls provide. The transportability of the 3-meter buoy is much improved over that of the larger discus buoys. It easily can be carried on a flat-bed trailer. Since it is constructed of aluminum, it is less likely to corrode, and compass measurements are not affected.