VIMS' new forecast tool can help anglers find good fishing
July 9, 2017
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Every summer, low-oxygen and dead zones that develop in the Chesapeake Bay are a hazard for the fish that live there.
And an opportunity for anglers who know where to look.
Striped bass, for instance — a hugely popular sport fish — prefer the bay's deeper, colder waters. But in summer as the bay warms up, winds calm down and algae blooms decay and create low-oxygen hypoxic or dead zones, striped bass are driven out of those cold depths.
"Some fishermen who use oxygen as a criteria, they sometimes call it the 'squeeze zone,'" said physical scientist Carl Friedr...