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View Poll Results: Which is Better: Rising or Falling Tide on the Flats
Rising Tide in the Morning 6 35.29%
Rising Tide in the Evening 1 5.88%
Falling Tide in the Morning 7 41.18%
Falling Tide in the Evening 3 17.65%
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Old 04-24-2015, 09:03 AM   #1
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I was fishing with my buddy this morning. He is new to the area and has just started fishing the sound here in Navarre. He asked me a question about whether it was best to fish the rising tide or the falling tide. Time of day obviously impacts it, but otherwise which is better? I really didn't have an firm answer for him. I've had success with both and can't really say one has been better for me. I've my best success as of late in the mornings on a rising tide. I always assumed the fish would be eager to move into the shallower water that a rising tide gives them an opportunity to do.

Thoughts? What about for the remaining month of April and into May?
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Old 04-24-2015, 10:04 AM   #2
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my method: Tides move everything around. On a falling tide I like to be where bait from the bays are washing out so I fish flats that are closer to town, on an incoming tide I like to fish closer to the pass as fish are getting the bait moving in with the tide. On the flats you can follow the mullet - see mullet? You're in the right place. Also watch for pelicans/ospreys working the same flats.
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It depends on the type of area you're fishing.
Both are productive.
The main key is water movement, whether it's by tidal movement or wind.

Can't vote on the poll, cause I like them all.

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Maybe change "which is better" to "what's your favorite" in the pole. "Better" is relative to time of year, target species, etc...
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Experience will tell the tale. My ideal would be fishing grass beds, a rising tide in the morning, March/April, slightly overcast, water temp 68 degrees, falling barometric pressure, slight breeze from the west, and Miller Lite. "Fish On!"

And before someone flames me; NO, there are no conditions like this in Misery which is why I'm heading south..very soon.
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water temp 68 degrees,
I found 72 to be the magic number
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As long as the water is moving. Rising or falling determines where I fish. As far as water temps, In the winter when Im fishing my trout tourneys I want the water to be aroud 54 degrees and spring since I throw tops most of the time 72 degrees.
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I have found (when I used to go fishing) I catch more Redfish on a falling and even low tide. I also like the tide to be high in the afternoon so you can fish all day.
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I have found (when I used to go fishing) I catch more Redfish on a falling and even low tide. I also like the tide to be high in the afternoon so you can fish all day.
Same here. In Apalachicola, when the tide was going out and real low, we would do the best.
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All great comments. I'm in the "fish when I can" category, so I often don't have an option of picking when I go out normally.

Lately, the morning on rising tides has been the trick for me. Not much in terms of catching in the evening on falling tides when I get home from work, light or night. However, Wednesday and Thursday were awesome around first light. Friday, not so much. All three days were on a rising tide, thought Friday first light came much later and the bait fish weren't as close to the tidal flats. Maybe that is why?
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