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 Posted: Sat Oct 5th, 2013 09:01 pm
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Hi all,

I just wanted to see how the guys read the currents, say you launch, and you go out to deep sea, how do you know what direction the currents are going with out land marks, also what speed the current is going

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 Posted: Sun Oct 6th, 2013 05:59 am
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How's it.My guess you would need a gps for the current and temp.probe linked to ur fishfinder .Just my 2c

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 Posted: Mon Oct 7th, 2013 06:45 am
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mh wrote:
How's it.My guess you would need a gps for the current and temp.probe linked to ur fishfinder .Just my 2c

thanks MH, I wonder how some guys do it though without gps etc

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 Posted: Mon Oct 7th, 2013 07:04 am
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Jan
You can quickly read current by watching the sea surface, with telltales like weed or foam lines ontop of the water. Also dropping a matchbox for example from the bow and counting the seconds it takes to reach the stern will give you some varied idea of the speed of the current.

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 Posted: Mon Oct 7th, 2013 11:11 am
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Psy wrote:
Jan
You can quickly read current by watching the sea surface, with telltales like weed or foam lines ontop of the water. Also dropping a matchbox for example from the bow and counting the seconds it takes to reach the stern will give you some varied idea of the speed of the current.

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good advice there, thanks Psy

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 Posted: Mon Oct 21st, 2013 03:54 pm
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For current direction you should be able to use a GPS, if you have one.If not, good old landmarks work well too.Line up two objects,one near the coast and one further back from the coast, watch both and you should be able to tell which way you are going.

If you need to see more than that vary the angles of the landmarks to see if you are moving out to sea or closer inshore.

The best way of learning is going with an experienced person who has learned about watercraft over the years and can point out different things to you.

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