Putting Tides to Good Use
What anglers need to know is that fish feed in specific spots during particular stages of the tide. It is critical that you learn this if you want to become part of the 10 percent of the anglers who seem to catch 90 percent of the fish. The key to the tidal clock system is to have two or three productive fishing spots for each two-hour stage of the tide. For example, if you hear Joe Bodabing caught fish at spot A yesterday, but you don’t know in what stage the tide was when he caught the fish, you are not necessarily going to be successful when you go to spot A. Conversely, if you do know what particular stage the tide was in at spot A when the fish were caught, there’s a good chance you’ll find feeding fish — pay dirt!
A guide’s game plan is based on a mental road map that tells him where he will fish that day. That road map is basically predetermined based on the stage of the tide when they begin their day of fishing. Most guides will have two or three spots that produce on each stage of the tide and will run to each of those spots until they find fish. Once the tide moves toward the next stage, a guide will move to his or her next favorite spot that produces on that particular stage of the tide.
To start a tidal clock system is simple. First, gather information on your own and keep a detailed fishing log. List the date you fished as well as the name of the spot or spots you fished that day along with the time of the tide when you fished them. It’s also a good idea to include the wind direction, moon phase, what bait was present and whether you were successful or not. Over time, you will eventually accumulate a journal full of data that will tell you time and time again where you were successful and at what stage of the tide you caught your fish. Another way to hasten the learning curve is to share your information with a few other anglers, and between your network of buddies to develop a tidal clock that will bring you the successes. Once you have accumulated 15 to 18 productive fishing spots throughout a 12-hour tidal period, you will have just created a tidal clock. It may take a little time, but once your clock is completed, the next time you hit the suds for a few hours, all you need to do is look to see what stage the tide will be at when you decide to fish, and it will dictate where you are going to start. From there, follow your clock.
Building a Tidal Clock
To build a tidal clock, you need two disks that spin freely. The small inside disk notes the time of day by the hour. The outside disk lists the six stages of the tide and leaves room to enter your hot spots in the correct tidal stage. When you decide to go fishing, align the time of day with high tide in the area you intend to fish. Fish the hot spots on your tidal clock based on the stage of tide you will be fishing that day.
July 08, 2013
Creating a Tidal Clock System
Think like a striped bass by checking the time on your tidal clock.