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Old 07-04-2015, 03:17 PM   #1
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What causes the areas of shiny/smooth water surfaces in the gulf that start just offshore? Sometimes they are small and sometimes they run for a long distance. Even in the wind we still see them? Anybody know?

Also, we like to run offshore in our little boat and throw flies at fish sometimes. Is there any method to finding some grass floating? What causes the grass to mat up? Can someone give pointers as to what weather wind conditions are best for finding grass or is it a crap shoot?

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind_stress

Currents and wind stack the grass up. Winds blowing North will stack it closer to shore.
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Sometimes slicks are made by baitfish being murdered just under the surface. Most of the time it appears as "nervous water", with the surface of the water looking more wrinkled than the surrounding water.

Striped bass, redfish, and others create what is called a "push" that actually looks like a small tidal wave out of place with the surrounding water.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind_stress

Currents and wind stack the grass up. Winds blowing North will stack it closer to shore.

Thanks, anyway you could explain that (the link) simply? Im pretty soft in the head. The wind makes great sense; just how is lost on me. Either way my guess is they serve no real purpose to the discerning eye of the weary fin chaser.

Bodupp, we considered the oil slick from bait theory also. Also, current was considered.
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