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    SST Online is in its 18th season of providing superior sea surface temperature charts for offshore angler. We now cover the entire East Coast, including the Florida Gulf Coast and the Bahamas. We are also excited to add altimetry and turbidity data to our list of charts - making SST Online the very best satellite imagery service available online - at any price! Compare our HD² display technology to any other online service and it won't take long to see the difference. UPDATED for 2014 - iPhone, iPad and Droid apps that will allow you to navigate right on our charts in real-time!

   Eighteen years ago we were the first to provide unlimited internet access to accurate and affordable charts, the first to provide a members forum, the first to offer all of the functionality of customized waypoints and navigation data without having to install or use any other software and today we are the first to offer a high definition, high detail custom interface, iPhone/iPad/Droid apps and user selectable loop display that will put the Gulf Stream in motion like you have never seen it before!   We invite you to join us for the 2014 season.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why is sea surface temperature so important to offshore fishing?

2. Where does the data for the charts come from?

3. What does SST Online do with the NOAA data it receives and how often are the charts updated?

4. Can I get hard copy charts?

5. What offshore and inshore areas are currently covered by SST Online charts?

6. Why should I join SST Online over one of the other sea surface temperature charting services, including some of the "FREE" sites?

7. If I already belong to another service what benefits will I gain by joining SST Online?

8. How much does it cost to join and what do you get?

9. How do I sign up and become a member?

10. How can I look at sample charts created by SST Online?

11. How can I contact you if I have questions or problems?

 

1. WHY IS SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURE SO IMPORTANT TO OFFSHORE FISHING?

If you are an experienced offshore fisherman, you already know the answer to this question. If not, here's a brief explanation - It's a big ocean out there and offshore fisherman, whether recreational or professional, must choose a particular target area for a particular species on a particular day. Good fisherman use all of the tools available to them to put together a successful game plan. The more tools available and the more experience a fisherman has in using those tools the more successful the fisherman will be in finding fish. Water temperature information is one tool that can be critical in evaluating potential destinations. Professional and serious recreational anglers won't leave the dock without having an idea of where to find good water, and neither should you.

Game fish follow bait and comfortable water temperatures. For various reasons bait congregate at certain "structure". Structure can be the topography of the ocean bottom, a floating weed line, debris or along temperature boundaries which can indicate different water masses that don't easily mix. Each of these structure can cause bait to accumulate and shortly thereafter predators will arrive, whether it be marlin, tuna, dolphin, wahoo, or sharks. By locating the potential for concentrations of bait and the comfortable water temperature range for your target species, you can greatly increase the odds of finding the fish you are after. If you can find a place in the ocean where the above conditions are met, you have the ingredients for a fantastic fishing trip!

2. WHERE DOES THE DATA FOR YOUR OFFSHORE TEMPERATURE CHARTS COME FROM?

All major offshore temperature chart providers use the same raw data supplied by NOAA Polar orbiting satellites 15, 16, 17 and 18 that are equipped with infrared sensing equipment. This data, in conjunction with calibration software, can provide 1 kilometer resolution and accuracy. This data is transmitted back to earth receiving stations in black and white (i.e. 255 color grayscale) and then colorized, calibrated and navigated by various software packages and techniques.

3. WHAT DOES SST ONLINE DO WITH THE NOAA DATA IT RECEIVES AND HOW OFTEN ARE THE CHARTS UPDATED?

The NOAA satellites take 7-9 pictures per day of the areas we are interested in, however they cannot see through clouds and often the images are partially or fully obscured. Also, because of transmission and reception problems, some images are unreadable or incomplete. SST Online looks at each and every picture generated by data supplied by the NOAA satellites and chooses the best and most current available for publication. This process takes place daily between 10:00 pm and 2:00 am and insures you will have the most current information prior to your trip offshore. If a significantly better image becomes available during the day the chart will be updated again.

After choosing the best image available, SST Online uses its own proprietary software to edit the images, zoom into areas most useful to offshore fisherman and manually navigate and overlay the a detailed and accurate lat/long. and loran TD grid along with all of the fathom curves and well known fishing spots. We also include inshore structure, wrecks, towers, weather buoys and other areas of interest. 

4. CAN I GET HARD COPY CHARTS?

Yes! - simply hit the print button from our custom interface to print out beautiful color images of your chosen area along with the waypoint data you created. Print this on photo paper and the detail and clarity will be even better. With SST Online, you can print as many charts as you need, as often as you want.

 

5. WHAT FISHING AREAS ARE CURRENTLY COVERED BY SST ONLINE?

We have concentrated our efforts along the east coast and Florida Gulf of Mexico, including the Keys and the Bahamas. See our sample charts for all areas of coverage.

6. WHY SHOULD I SUBSCRIBE TO SST ONLINE COMPARED TO OTHER SERVICES THAT OFFER THE SAME INFORMATION?

Reduced cost , unlimited access and ease of use are the three most important reasons to become a member of SST Online. Unlike other sea surface temperature providers, SST Online does not limit you to confusing and expensive package deals which only give you information on certain days of the week or for certain areas of interest. These services often require you to purchase more than one expensive package or to supplement your package with on demand charts costing as much as $60 per chart. Other services require that you purchase and/or install their software and then download data to be converted by that software. This can be very time consuming and computer intensive. We do the work for you - just log in from any computer in the world and click on the chart that you want to see. With our new interactive scripting, it is easy to generate GPS waypoints with corresponding temperature readings right on the chart. Want a hard copy to take with you? - no problem, just click the printer friendly page and print the chart you want on your color printer. Want to see what has been happening over the last several days or month - just click on our animated loop page and watch the Gulf Stream come to life.

Our  information is available to you over the internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can check it daily as easily as you check your e-mail and get the complete picture of water movement. You'll know when conditions are developing that indicate good fishing and most importantly, you will be able to determine when a favorable condition has been in place for a long period of time, indicating the stable environment necessary for the concentration of bait fish and the arrival of game fish.

SST Online was founded on the notion that there are a great number of fisherman who would like to take advantage of daily sea surface water temperature charts who, for various reasons, do not want to subscribe to one of the expensive services which cater to commercial fisherman, professional captains and owners of luxury sportfishing yachts. SST Online was the first provider to use the internet technologies available to their fullest which allows us to keep our prices low so every fisherman who goes offshore has available as one of their "tools" the most up-to-date sea surface temperature and  turbidity information available anywhere.  The cost of an entire season's subscription to SST Online will be saved in fuel savings in just 1 trip.

Be wary of "free" services and Universities that do not manually navigate the overlays on top of the satellite imagery or provide detailed overlays that you need to plan your trip. Their overlays can be off by as much as 5-10 miles which is unacceptable for offshore fishing and will end up wasting more fuel than they save. Why guess when you can have accurate data so inexpensively.

As a further convenience and added benefit, our member page includes links to NOAA offshore forecasts, real time buoy reports, Navy wave height analysis and Navy Gulf Stream analysis, making SST Online your one-stop web site for offshore fishing.

7. IF I ALREADY BELONG TO AND ENJOY ONE OF THOSE OTHER SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURE PROVIDERS, CAN I STILL BENEFIT FROM BEING AN SST ONLINE MEMBER?

Absolutely! - SST Online will allow you to follow sea surface temperatures daily as routinely as you read the newspaper or check your e-mail, at home, at the office or on the road. Know when conditions are developing that would warrant you to request a costly "report" from  your other service or when you may want to request a specific chart from your other provider. Don't decide to go fishing and then check the temperature charts - follow the charts like you follow the weather and then decide if you want to go fishing. SST Online's cost effective pricing and unlimited access allows you to do just that. You can also use our images to compare to your other provider's charts. Are they as accurate as our color images? Which satellite image is your provider using? Is it the most recent and best available image? Has your provider accurately drawn the temperature contours? Does your provider combine several images to produce a usable moving map display? Can you click with your mouse and get immediate waypoint and temperature information without having to download and install complicated software or download and save each chart you want to use? With SST Online, you can answer all of these questions.

8. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BECOME A MEMBER OF SST ONLINE?

This is the best part - for a yearly fee of only $149.00 you can enjoy all of the benefits of having accurate, daily, and printable sea surface temperature information that will significantly increase your fishing success. Our northeast season runs from 4/15 to 11/15 and our southeast season runs year round. You have unlimited access to all of our current charts and moving map display. We challenge you to find a less expensive service that provides the same high resolution imaging that includes sst, turbidity and altimetry data, accurate and detailed overlays unlike any other in the business, user definable waypoints with mouse-over functionality, up-to-the-minute updates, unlimited access, and the most advanced proprietary mobile apps!

9. HOW DO I SIGN UP?

Go to the Members Application page. Follow the instructions for option#1 or option#2.

 With option#1 you will be guided through our secure (Bank of America) credit card processing center. You will choose a username and password that will be validated within hours.

 If you prefer to pay by check or money order, follow option#2 and fill out the application - PRINT IT - and mail it to us with payment. We will validate your user information immediately upon receipt. If you want to fax us your credit card information, we can process your subscription immediately.

10. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE SAMPLE CHARTS.

  To see our sample page, click here.

11. CONTACT INFORMATION.

You can contact us several ways;

email: sstol.info@sstol.com

toll free hot line: 888-328-4401

fax: 413-487-3089

mail: SST Online, LLC, 1401 Madison Park Drive 2ND FL, Glen Burnie, MD 21061

If you have any further questions that were not covered above, please contact us and we will answer your questions promptly.

Thank you.

Mike
SST Online, LLC

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