Fishing Tides; How Do They Influence and Which are the Best To Go Fishing?
What types of tides exist and why do they occur?
The types of tides that exist can be classified according to two main aspects: their height and the phase of the Moon.
Attending to both, let’s see what marine phenomena we find:
- High tide. This is the high tide, which occurs when the sea water reaches its highest point in the cycle. This occurs when the area of the earth in question is facing the Moon, with the satellite exerting a gravitational force that makes the water “separate” as much as possible from the center of the planet, resulting in a higher level; It is not because if there is more water, actually it is displaced upwards by the lunar gravitational effect.
- Low tide. On the other hand, we have low tide, which is nothing more than the moment when it is lower than the center of the earth. It will always occur at the opposite point where the high tide is, so that on one side the water “stretches”, on the other it will “shrink”.
Regarding this classification, it is necessary to indicate that we will see , on each lunar day (24h, 50m, 28s), two high tides and two low tides , corresponding to the effects that the Moon exerts on the water.
- Sicigia. The spring tide occurs when the Moon is full and also when we do not see it. This is because our satellite and our star align, adding the effects they have on the planet and, therefore, on our waters.
- Quadrature . The neap tide occurs in the quarter phases (ebb and flow). In these cases the effects of both celestial bodies are subtracted, resulting in tides with a low coefficient and little amplitude.
What is better for fishing, high tide or low tide?
Although there are as many opinions as there are fishermen, the truth is that, at the argument level, the high tide is more suitable for going fishing , since the fish, in general, comes out to feed more at a combinatorial moment of departure or setting of the satellite and when this is new or full. It is also logical to think that the further we move from the surface during these moments, the more successful we will be. Close to land you will also find many specimens, as they come to eat.
If you want to fish on the coast or, in fact, catch shore , you can perfectly do it at low tide, as we will lose depth and the animals will be more exposed and disoriented. We recommend you try hole fishing.
How does the Moon affect the tides? Does it influence fishing?
We have already seen that both in relation to the height of the tides and their vividness the Moon is completely responsible due to its gravitational influence .
When the Sun enters the game, in addition to considering the centimeters that the water rises or falls , another factor is also modified: the movement of the waters.
The spring tide, given, as we have explained, by the alignment of the Sun and the Moon , carries the fish that have come to eat ashore due to the waves, being the ideal time to practice surfcasting . Add the moments of sunset and sunrise and the successful results will multiply.
It must be considered, of course, that the greater the movement in the water, the greater the need for more robust and resistant equipment , as well as more stressed parts.
The phenomenon known as high tide deserves special mention, which are the minutes after the tide stops being considered rising and becomes decreasing. Here we find fish near a shoreline that quickly empties, leaving them exposed.
Of course, all of the above is somewhat theoretical. These situations occur, of course, but many other factors also come into play that make, for example, a moment that seems idyllic for fishing is a fiasco or that another moment in which we had no hope turns out to be quite a surprise in terms of to captures.
Water temperature, amount of food, waves, strange elements in the water (boats and people), dirt, atmospheric pressure and many other aspects will condition the day so it is best to always throw the rod and enjoy the activity in any moment.