Know How to Read the Changing Tides for Fishing Success Today

Know How to Read the Changing Tides for Fishing Success Today

Fishing is one of my favorite hobbies. I have been fishing since I was a child and it is something I enjoy doing with my own children whenever possible. Even though I have been fishing for many years, I am always looking for ways to improve and catch more fish. 

I was curious if the changing tides really do affect fishing and decided to do some research to find out the answer. Below, I’ve provided you with a breakdown of what I found regarding tides for fishing. 

As it turns out, tides do affect fishing and knowing how to read them can increase the number of fish you catch. Fish are attracted to changing water levels and currents. They are drawn to changing tides, which means it's easier to find them. 

Small fish follow the tides to feed on little sea critters that are moved by them. Big fish follow the small fish, so if you can fish with the tides, you may have access to fish of all sizes.

Type of Tides

low tide beach

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A tide is a movement of the water level that is caused by different factors. The moon, the sun, and the earth’s gravity all contribute to the rise and fall of the tides.  Fish move with the changing tides. It's essential to understand the different types of tides for fishing and how they work so that you can plan your fishing trips accordingly. 

LOW TIDE

HIGH TIDE

RISING TIDE

FALLING TIDE

How Tides Change

A flood current pushes water toward the shore and causes tides to move in. The flood current pushes against an ebb current and causes rising tides and high tides. When the ebb current becomes more potent than the flood current, it pushes the water back out to sea and is responsible for low tides and falling tides. 

The best time to fish in a tide is when the water is changing. That means you may not have as much luck fishing at an exact low tide or high tide, but better luck during falling and rising tides.

Using Tide Charts To Catch More Fish

dead fish beside a bird

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You can find tide charts online and at many piers, and fishing supply stores. These charts show you the times of the changing tides. They will show the date and time for every day in a month or year, and the time you can expect to find a high tide or low tide.

Most do not list the times of rising and falling tides, but it’s easy to determine these transitional tides because you know they fall in between the high tides and low tides. You can also find the tide charts on the radio and sometimes the local television station. Fishing and farmer’s almanacs also have tide charts that can help you plan your fishing trip.

Tips For Fishing In The Different Tides

fishermen at the boat and the shore are pulling the net to see the fish they catch

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Once you can recognize the tides and plan to fish them, you need to figure out how to fish in each type. Fish act different based on the way the water is moving, so what works in one kind of tide might not work for another kind. Here are some tips that can help make your fishing trip for successful in every tide.

FISH WITH THE CURRENT

FISH THE SHALLOW WATER

LOOK FOR AMBUSH SPOTS

AVOID SLACK WATER

BOAT OR BANK?

Final Thoughts about Tides for Fishing

If you enjoy fishing and want to catch more fish, you should know how to use the tides to your advantage. Many people are a little intimidated about the thought of navigating varying tides for fishing, but it’s easier than you think. 

The tides do attract more fish, and they attract fish that are hungry and hunting for food. When you toss out your line, they are just as likely to take your bait as they are to chase a minnow into the surf. 

You can learn how to read tides and observe how the fish act during those tides. Once you figure out which tides are the best for your favorite type of fishing, you can plan your trips accordingly. Taking the time to learn about the tide charts and planning your fishing around them can result in a more successful fishing trip.

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