Tide Table LookupUse our handy tide table lookup software to check the status of the tides on any given day, in any given location. Just enter your date of choice in the date field and the nearest city in the locations field and click "submit" to see the results. Not sure which time of day is the best to fish in? Check out the article below for more helpful information about tides.
Why Tides Are Important
Surf Anglers, flats fisherman, deep sea charter captains and even the casual weekend warriors of the saltwater fishing world are all subject to the tides. Low tides, high tides and everything in between can have a dramatic effect on the outcome of your next fishing trip. Before you hit the water with rod and reel, it is important to make sure you have a thorough knowledge of how various tides can influence your fishing conditions and outcomes.
Types of Tides
1.) Flood Tide: Periods of time when the tide water rises and moves in from the sea toward the land.
2.) Ebb Tide: Periods of time when the tide water lowers and moves away from land and toward the sea.
3.) Slack Tide: Period of time when the tide is moving in neither direction.
The Best Time to Fish
For most forms of saltwater fishing, slack tides are usually the least productive time to drop line. During slack tides, the water movement is fairly low or even nonexistent. Small prey fish are able to scatter and evade predators easily in the absence of a strong current working against them during the slack tide. Usually the most productive time for fisherman comes during the periods where the tide is changing over from slack to ebb, or slack to flood. The increase in water movement channels and concentrates baitfish which naturally encourages predator activity. Baitfish have a more difficult time evading predators in the strong current, and thus are easier to catch.
More About Tides
As you may know, the tides are influenced by the gravitational pull of the sun and moon. Since the moon is closer to the earth than the sun, it has a greater influence on the tides. However, there are times when the positions of the sun and moon can create a larger effect on the tide level.
1.) Spring Tide: When the sun and moon are on the same side of the earth, the gravitational force of both celestial bodies combines to create a more dramatic effect on the tides. Spring tides occur during full-moon and new-moon periods, and generally cause both higher and lower than normal tides in a given area.
2.) Neap Tide: When the sun and the moon are not aligned to one side of the earth, the combined gravitational force of both celestial bodies is lessened, and tides do not rise or fall as much.