Originally Posted by clopes
For me, when I pay attention to all the data sometimes it seems I would have done better just going when I can...I've tried several good tides w/ new moons and other times I just went and the bait happen to be there and so were the fish....
I would add to your statement that no amount of data will put you on fish, if it worked that way we would have all caught 50#'s and our sport wouldn't exist. There are particular patterns that I have noticed are better for stripers than others.
Rather than share one of my most productive weather paterns for catching them ill share the least and some might be able to determine the other half. I usually will not fish after a large cold front blows through if the pressure is rising or high and steady...that punctuated with the usual northeast winds and little cloud cover usually slows the bite enough, for me rather stay home.
I have noticed that full moon tides can work for you in some spots where a stronger rip is needed to hold fish, and in the same sense some spots suck on those tides...its a toss up.