Links

A double rainbow forms over Barrs, Loch Etive

I’ve included a few sea angling links I find useful – mainly weather, tides and mapping, but also a few sites/stores that I use, and some miscellaneous links I find useful.

Weather and Tides
Windguru – aimed at windsurfers, but with lots of useful info for anglers too.
XC Weather – Useful presentation if you’re trying to choose between widely separated destinations, as you can see the overall weather patterns and also current windspeed readings for many sites across the UK. Pretty much my default site for forecasting.
Magic Seaweed – I use this mainly for swell height and direction, but the forecasts are reasonable and it includes info such as sea surface temperature as well.
UKHO tides – best tidal resource for up to 7 days ahead. For long term planning you need to install software like WXTide (free) which provides tidal data years in advance.

Charts and Mapping
OS Online Mapping Service – excellent aerial photography and detailed OS maps available. I find this really useful when planning trips or checking out potential fishing destinations, and it’s the only site I actually pay a subscription to…
Navionics Charts – online version of their charting software. A fairly cheap subscription will let you download the app to iPads, etc. Very useful for armchair scouting when the wind is hoolie-ing outside.

Other Sea Angling sites
World Sea Fishing – probably the most active sea angling site, with some highly knowledgeable posters (and some pointless back biting as well).
Planet Sea Fishing – some interesting articles, reviews and videos on this one (and lots of reel schematics available)

Boat Hire/Charters
I’ve never used any of these services, so this is not a personal recommendation, but the Scottish sea lochs do offer a decent chance for someone who doesn’t have a boat to get a day afloat.

Ardnamurchan Marine (or www.selfcatering-ardnamurchan.co.uk)- self-drive and charter boat hire at Laga Bay, Loch Sunart.
Loch Etive boat hire – self-drive dinghies from Taynuilt, Loch Etive.

Miscellaneous
Reefmaster – as explained here I use this software to help map out the seabed where I fish – it helps provide more insight into an area.
Boatlaunch – a very useful site for checking out local launch sites and slipways around the UK. It doesn’t list them all, but it’s generally fairly accurate info for the ones it does hold.

Salen Hotel, Loch Sunart – one of the few hotels that seem to be open over the winter months, and I’ve stayed here a few times. Rooms very comfortable, and food very good in season (might be more restricted bar menu and feeding times over winter, so worth checking if this matters to you).
Salen Jetty, Loch Sunart – our usual launch site when visiting Sunart. An easy, sheltered site but with fairly limited parking. Overnight mooring on the pontoons can be arranged.
Resipole Campsite – A slightly tighter launch site, but with plenty of parking space. More exposed than Salen, but this is only a problem if you’re single handed and need to leave the boat to park the car, etc. I’ve also stayed in the static caravans here, which were perfectly fine.

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