Wampire

Tide chart frustration

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So I use tidesFourfishing for my shark spot and it’s always been accurate give or take 45 min. I’ve been using it for blues and stripers the last 2 years since I’ve started chasing them too. I had today on my calendar for months as I was excited for a high tide of 5:45 pm just north of IBSP. I drive almost 3 hours one way making day trips so that makes for about a perfect afternoon fish of the incoming tide , ending after the tide tops out around 6:30 pm - or so I thought. Get set up around 9 am, by noon the water looks way high but tidesFourFishing has noon at dead low. I scout around, find a decent cut and set up shop. The water crests around 1:30 and then starts falling. By the time I left at 6... which should have been high tide, the water was the lowest it had been all day. I figured out something was way off around 4. I started checking various other tide sites and 3-4 confirmed what TidesFourFishing said.  I downloaded the magic seaweed app and checked the tides on that and it said 1:30 pm high tide. That was the closest to what I saw with the water line. So, I guess what I’m asking is ; what sites are most accurate for you guys, and how could that tide chart be almost flip flopped the full 6 hours for those tides? Thanks in advance for any replies... I really try to do my homework paying 35$ in gas and almost 20 in turnpike tolls so any advice is always appreciated!

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i think you used a tide chart for the bay not the ocean

Seaside Heights, ocean, New Jersey
39.9433° N, 74.0350° W

2019-05-11 Sat 12:43 AM EDT    4.8 feet  High Tide
2019-05-11 Sat  1:39 AM EDT   Moonset
2019-05-11 Sat  5:45 AM EDT   Sunrise
2019-05-11 Sat  7:30 AM EDT    0.4 feet  Low Tide
2019-05-11 Sat 11:50 AM EDT   Moonrise
2019-05-11 Sat  1:36 PM EDT    4.2 feet  High Tide
2019-05-11 Sat  7:39 PM EDT    0.7 feet  Low Tide
2019-05-11 Sat  8:00 PM EDT   Sunset
2019-05-11 Sat  9:13 PM EDT   First Quarter

 

 

Island Beach, Barnegat Bay, New Jersey
39.8517° N, 74.0883° W

2019-05-11 Sat  1:39 AM EDT   Moonset
2019-05-11 Sat  4:18 AM EDT    0.4 feet  High Tide
2019-05-11 Sat  5:45 AM EDT   Sunrise
2019-05-11 Sat 11:30 AM EDT    0.0 feet  Low Tide
2019-05-11 Sat 11:51 AM EDT   Moonrise
2019-05-11 Sat  5:10 PM EDT    0.4 feet  High Tide
2019-05-11 Sat  8:00 PM EDT   Sunset
2019-05-11 Sat  9:13 PM EDT   First Quarter
2019-05-11 Sat 11:39 PM EDT    0.1 feet  Low Tid

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wow, you’re right. Seaside park displays bay tide and seaside heights displays ocean. Ugh... well that’s good to know the day after I guess

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It is amazing how different the tide can be from one side to the other.

 

Also, while the charts predict to the minute at astronomic tides, they cannot predict the influence of weather. While it can even affect the tides out front in the ocean, it plays even more of a role out back in the bays in certain conditions.  Wind can hold water back/push it in or push it out/hold it from coming in. There have been times in the bay that the water never dropped for a low tide and skipped it.

 

Pamlico Sound In OBX is especially susceptible to these affects as it is much wider and pretty shallow for the majority of it.

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That same site also has tidal coefficient charts which show the progression of big and small tides throughout the month. Not impressed with their wind forecasts.

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