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Old 10-17-2017, 08:00 AM   #1
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For our area which is better for inshore (reds, trout, flounder) fishing this time of year, an incoming/outgoing tide or time of day (morning or evening). In other words if you had to choose between time of day or tide change when would you go fishing?
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Scroll through this and see what it does for you...........

http://www.tides4fishing.com/us/flor...oast/pensacola
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http://www.tides4fishing.com/us/flor...oast/pensacola
Yes, thats what brought me here. Take Friday for example, the tide will be rising just after noon in the Blackwater area that day. So should I get up early for the morning bite, or sleep in and head out around noon for the incoming tide? I know from experience that both are good...but which one is BEST? haha.
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Yes, thats what brought me here. Take Friday for example, the tide will be rising just after noon in the Blackwater area that day. So should I get up early for the morning bite, or sleep in and head out around noon for the incoming tide? I know from experience that both are good...but which one is BEST? haha.
Can't help you there, you have the info, just need to go and figure it out....
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Great link... I'll be making a shortcut to it on my phone.

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Yes, thats what brought me here. Take Friday for example, the tide will be rising just after noon in the Blackwater area that day. So should I get up early for the morning bite, or sleep in and head out around noon for the incoming tide? I know from experience that both are good...but which one is BEST? haha.
Friday, do the dawn patrol, come home take a nap, go fish the evening bite. Best of both tides.

Then you have to figure how to fish with the wind.
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I prefer a falling tide. On a falling tide, the water level is already higher, making larger fish feel safer. They have probably already moved into ambush position waiting for the dropping water to bring them food.

Incoming tide, you need to wait till water has filled some of the areas you intend to fish, otherwise...too skinny, fish are spooky.

On Friday, if you plan on black water, fish the afternoon incoming tide.
Reason: the falling tide Fri. morning starts well before daylight. unless you're fishing well before daylight, the tide has almost stopped moving just after daylight. BW is best when there is some water movement.

Just my humble opinion.
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Forget the tides. Go fish when you can. Adjust your technique accordingly.

Incoming tide is pushing bait INTO the shallows, outgoing is pushing bait off the flat into the deeper water.

High slack tide, then fish ON the flat.

Low slack water, then fish in the drop offs.

If there is not water moving due to tide, find water being blown by the wind.

Lastly: pay attention to the natural bait and mimic it as best as you can.
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I prefer a falling tide. On a falling tide, the water level is already higher, making larger fish feel safer. They have probably already moved into ambush position waiting for the dropping water to bring them food.

Incoming tide, you need to wait till water has filled some of the areas you intend to fish, otherwise...too skinny, fish are spooky.

On Friday, if you plan on black water, fish the afternoon incoming tide.
Reason: the falling tide Fri. morning starts well before daylight. unless you're fishing well before daylight, the tide has almost stopped moving just after daylight. BW is best when there is some water movement.

Just my humble opinion.
Bruce, I'm not on the water near as much as you or most others on hear, so I'm just looking for your input. Not trying to hijack the thread because I think the OP could use this info also. I always thought the strongest currents were a couple of hours before the low and high tides. If this is the case, would a stronger current be better in your opinion (moving bait better)? Or, has the fish already gorged out on bait by the time the tide is nearing the end of the swing? Or does the strength of the current really matter? I guess what I'm asking is if given the choice, do you prefer fishing just after the tide changes (slower current), or toward the end of the swing? I can see arguments for both. Thanks.
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http://www.tides4fishing.com/us/flor...oast/pensacola

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