Originally Posted by Ratty
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!