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#1 fishbulb

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Posted May 09 2008 - 9:27 AM

I was checking the charts as I'm just twitching to get out and do some casting.
The only times I'm going to get a shot out is in the evening during low tides.
I was always under the impression that high tide is the one to fish.
I'm praying that like alot of other things there's exceptions to the rules or something I've been slightly misinformed about.

#2 patno6

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Posted May 09 2008 - 9:31 AM

it all depends on where you fish. there are places i like better at low tide than high, and others that i like better at high tide than low...always worth a shot

#3 stripstrike

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Posted May 09 2008 - 9:34 AM

This time of year I have better luck on the falling tide, especially if it's early evening and an estuary setting. I like the last two to three hours of the fall at or near the mouth of the river or estuary after that inland water has had a chance to warm up all day. Of course others swear by the incoming tide in the same setting, thinking that bait is following the flow in, so take it for what it's worth.

If you can only fish the low tides this weekend it still beats sitting on the couch thinking about it.

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#4 foxfai

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Posted May 09 2008 - 9:36 AM

You have to understand why the fish gather at a certain area at low tide, and also why in another area at high tide. All the places are different, but if you know why, you will know what to look for and when to go fish these areas.

#5 rickhern

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Posted May 09 2008 - 10:22 AM

For me, sandy beaches/incoming/high, rocky beaches/last 2hrs of drop, first 2 of incoming. Just seems to work best in most of the places I fish.

#6 pogie_boy

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Posted May 09 2008 - 10:32 AM

One of my favorite spots for schoolies is an estuary where they hit the grass shrimp and mummys that are pulled out when their grass and other structure is high and dry at the bottom of the outgoing tide.


#7 Ratty

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Posted May 09 2008 - 5:00 PM

Best time to fish is whenever you can.

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#8 unleashedff248

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Posted May 09 2008 - 8:28 PM

Best time to fish is whenever you can.

I love it. Some guy told me the other day, "You know, low tide is not the best time to fish."
I responded with the quote above. He looked at me oddly and left.
If you read any of the Frank Daignault's books (especially "Striper Surf" which everyone should buy) he states that the "what tide is best to fish?" question has no answer. It all depends on the location, and the structure. He also states that in some places tide has no effect whatsoever on the productivity of fish.
I personally just go fishing. I look at the tides to know where to go, since some beaches and places I go are unfishable at low slack (rocks and debris) or high slack (no beach left). I personally enjoy low tide, since some people don't go out fishing then. This leaves me the whole area to myself, increasing the chance that I'll hook up and decreasing my stress level considerably (i hate cell phone fisherman who just sit and talk and gut hook every fish they get).
So just go and have fun. As for me, if I'm not catching stripers, I go after another species (hence I'm an equal opportunity fisherman). Today is the second day in a row that I've pulled cod and flounder and no stripers. Did I have fun still? Hell yeah. So don't give up if you aren't pulling up stripers. You'll be much happier going home with a keeper cod or flounder than nothing. I also hear Tog fishing is good around here lately. See the "Togzilla" post for more.
Sorry for the long-windedness, but I hope it helps!

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#9 pauley1

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Posted May 09 2008 - 9:07 PM

I love the smell of low tide sometimes.

#10 albacized

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Posted May 10 2008 - 8:18 AM

As some have already mentioned, it's kind of location dependant. My theory (and it comes from something I read years ago) is that predatory fish such as bass, blues, albies and bonito don't particularly stop feeding during specific tides - but rather relocate to whatever the best staging location is for trapping bait during a given tide.

For example, there's a certain large estuary in northern MA (near NH border ) where the last hour or two of the out going is best if fishing a certain sandbar, but just a couple of miles up river, high tide is best.

Also, when fishing the open beaches on the south side of the cape, I think high tide brings the fish closer to the beach, but on the flip side, prefer the outgoing while fishing certain estuaries in the same area.

But...fishing is fishing and sometimes you have to go whenever you have the opportunity - and I've caught some nice surpises (of all speciess mentioned above) at times where my expectations were low.

#11 oldgoat

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Posted May 10 2008 - 9:33 AM

Stop with the narrow mind and go find a good dropping on low spot

#12 Smulax

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Posted May 10 2008 - 9:37 AM

i agree with ratty. the best time to spend is time fishing.

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#13 RoryGoggin

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Posted May 10 2008 - 9:58 AM

I love it. Some guy told me the other day, "You know, low tide is not the best time to fish."

I responded with the quote above. He looked at me oddly and left.

I always worry, when that happens, that I've missed a great learning opportunity. I think I'd have had to have asked: "why is that?"


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Posted May 10 2008 - 10:52 AM

GO!!! "make history,don't read about it"

#15 FoliFish

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Posted May 10 2008 - 9:56 PM

No matter what the tide, no bait in the water=no fish! Give it a shot and keepa journal and start your own history. I agree with the above...any time is a good time to fish...beats work!