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post #1 of 38
Thread Starter 
Out of sheer curiosty I'd like to know...How long does slack tide actually last? Is it ever completely still?
post #2 of 38
I'd say varies in length depending on the phase of the moon .. Probaly last long enough to swim across the canal ,although I wouldn't try it ..sea monsters in there..
post #3 of 38
roughly 15 minutes
post #4 of 38
dead slack is about 15.
if your asking b/c you want to fish bait on the bottom at slack tide, you've probably got about 30-45 minutes where you can cast your bait way out and keep it in the same general spot. the tide on each side of the current turn is moving very very slow so you can keep the bait down.

this is in the canal, if thats what you were refering to.
post #5 of 38
As Tagger has mentioned above it depends on if the tidal change is a normal height or higher as well as a lower than normal low tide

More water moving during those times means less slack time and then it depends on where you are fishing when the water starts to move.

The wind direction can also affect the slack tide during the low water change if the wind is blowing in the same direction as the change occures
post #6 of 38
I can't wait for slack.
post #7 of 38
You can use a Nautical Almanac to find out.
post #8 of 38
Slacker ....



post #9 of 38
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info. I only have a few seasons under my belt but it seems where I go the fish have an open disdain (anthropomorphism ) for the slack period. My guess is the lack of moving water robs the bass, or any predatory fish for that matter of it's advantage. Do others have success, or a lack of it in this time frame?

I have yet to fish or swim the canal, but armed with this knowledge...
post #10 of 38
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by shady grady
You can use a Nautical Almanac to find out.


I'd be lost just looking at one
post #11 of 38
Depends on the location but I have been shown the light.
post #12 of 38
Are you really from Holden?Do you know Dick Hurtz?
post #13 of 38
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Originally Posted by Doktorfaustus77
Thanks for the info. I only have a few seasons under my belt but it seems where I go the fish have an open disdain (anthropomorphism ) for the slack period. My guess is the lack of moving water robs the bass, or any predatory fish for that matter of it's advantage. Do others have success, or a lack of it in this time frame?

I have yet to fish or swim the canal, but armed with this knowledge...

Oh ... Yes .. My experience has been 1 hr. dead spot at the top and bottom of the tide.. If your fishing bait the crabs even stop munchin . Exception 1.,,a beach near an inlet you may hook up 1 monster at low slack but the action is always slow if any at all again depending on the phase of the moon . new and full being your best shot with water moving thru the inlet..
Exception 2. The canal ,, I think of the canal as its own world with its own rules. When you say fishing slack tide ,it may be assumed your asking about the ditch where people flock there around slack ..
post #14 of 38
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Originally Posted by Doktorfaustus77
Out of sheer curiosty I'd like to know...How long does slack tide actually last? Is it ever completely still?
In theory it only lasts an instant.
post #15 of 38
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Originally Posted by BrokenHook
In theory it only lasts an instant.


In practice, it lasts about 15-20 minutes on average. It's still enough that a boat wake can throw slack into your line if you're fishing bait and have the rod spiked.
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