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When looking at the surface currents on coast watch does the down current usually go the opposite direction? I'm curious to know since it would be nice to know the direction before going out and trying to find what direction it is

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Brett, I've had mixed results following that chart. Now we don't have a Fishhawk so we read currents the traditional ways, but even so the chart has been hit or miss as to whether the surface currents match the bottom currents. I use it as one piece of information to help complete the puzzle. Watching the wind directions on a daily basis also helps to "guess" where the current is most likely coming from and which troll direction to start with, even so, we still try both a south and north troll typically to figure it out. It does seem though that if you drop in on top of the fish first thing in the morning direction isn't as critical but as the sun rises it's important to get it dialed in to help keep the action steady throughout the morning.

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Definately not opposite directions ALL the time. Sometimes yes, but most often not. Most of the time it isn't going right with the surface currents either. It really gets fun trying to keep the lines straight when you get 2'+ waves going sideways to the down current. Have also seen it many times where you have different current directions and speeds at different depths -- seen this a lot in the mid coast area of Lake Michigan (South Haven to Whitehall).

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Hey guys, someone PM'ed me about this topic which I pulled up on my phone yesterday but now it's gone. Can't remember their name on here, so if it was you, my apologies for not responding yet as I've been out of town. Please send me the message again and I'll respond with any help I can offer. Thanks

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