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I've recently only started noting down swell direction while fishing,
never really gave it a thought before lol.

does the swell direction have much effect while fishing .

ive mainly just been aware of the wind directions, and picking a mark too suit .

if swell direction has a huge effect while fishing ,
what swell direction do you find work's best on Scotland's east coast ?

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Andy swell direction in most areas is due to the wind mate but in other areas can change with the under current the swell direction does effect the fishing thats why you will find that after a couple of days with the winds in the same direction the swell will also change to the opposite direction of the wind. creating the swell with wind against tide.
and fishing is always better after a good blow.
 

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hi,
cheers for info.

i always thought the winds effected the swell, but lately its been totally confusing..

and ive noticed while fishing the swell direction can often be totally different from the wind direction.

for example looking at that link findus put up.
the swell and winds are never the same for the forthcoming week.
not even remotely close... ie saturday is a NNE swell and SSW wind..
couldnt be more opposite.

however i would imagine if an easterly wind was blowing for a long time the swell would possibly become easterly too ?

i think i will just look at wind direction, its not so confusing :)

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hi,
cheers for info.

i always thought the winds effected the swell, but lately its been totally confusing..

and ive noticed while fishing the swell direction can often be totally different from the wind direction.

for example looking at that link findus put up.
the swell and winds are never the same for the forthcoming week.
not even remotely close... ie saturday is a NNE swell and SSW wind..
couldnt be more opposite.

however i would imagine if an easterly wind was blowing for a long time the swell would possibly become easterly too ?

i think i will just look at wind direction, its not so confusing :)

andy.
you confusing me mate :blink: lol ...
 

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Andy swell direction in most areas is due to the wind mate but in other areas can change with the under current the swell direction does effect the fishing thats why you will find that after a couple of days with the winds in the same direction the swell will also change to the opposite direction of the wind. creating the swell with wind against tide.
and fishing is always better after a good blow.
a couple of pints does it for me like
 

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i've looked at all that stuff too, and as long as it's not raining too much i don,t care.
 

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fit like dude,

the swell we get along the east is generally the effects of whats happening up north, depending on the weather as far north as the arctic circle, i.e the weather up north can be totally different to what we are experiencing down south but because of the strong tides up there it can take a day or more for us to see the effect down here where the weather may be calm or wind direction totally different, the ripple effect so to speak. as the sea narrows between north Scotland and Norway it heightens the effect of the swell, so basically if we have a large swell and calm weather its usually the product of a storm elsewhere in deeper water.

reading this back I'm confusing myself so i hope you get the gist of it.....
 

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I always think that the swell has much more effect on fishing than anything else.In the summer,flat calm weather is always best round here,but a slow easterly swell an be good for the codling.Waves from wind tend to be close together,whereas the wavelength of a swell can be much further apart,and with what I'd call a slow swell,I like to sea low amplitude of the wave,and large wavelength.When it's like this the water usually stays clear which is also much better when summer fishing.In winter a SE swell is pretty much directly onshore and is good to fish,but a NE swell coming down the North Sea and diffracting around the corner of Fife Ness,( like waves fanning out from a small opening in a sea wall),usually gives better fishing which I think is due to colder water which is of course more oxygen rich.
Of course a large swell from anywhere in the easterly quarter has had potentially several hundred miles to build up,and therefore requires no wind in the locality,and also takes several days to die down.
 
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