Whether you fish from land, or from a boat, knowing how fish react to changing tides can help you figure out their patterns.
Here are the basics.
1. Find a reliable tide chart. Localtides.net will provide tidal information for many different areas nearby. When you find the tides for the location you will be going to, study the chart to determine when high tide will happen. A general rule of thumb is to fish an hour before, and an hour after the peak of the high tide for that day. Of course, many factors will come in to play such as water temperature and season when targeting fish.
2. If you are fishing from a boat, you probably already know the importance of understanding the tides. A low tide can mean trouble for some boats when fishing the flats. Whereas high tides can provide safe passage into areas that are more shallow.
3. Tides will move your bait in different ways. If you are fishing a fast incoming tide, you may need to be ready to add extra weight. Tidal waters also will make fish move in closer to the shore. If you ever fish near the shore, it’s good to wait until the tide is high, and water is moving.