Ideal Time To Go Fishing


Saltwater tides will move daily and are very important in determining the best saltwater fishing times and the best saltwater fishing areas based on the tides. Below are some things to help you on your way to optimize your chances of catching.

Movement in the tides is very important. Avoid fishing during times of slack tide. Slack tide means that the tide is neither incoming nor outgoing and that the water is not moving much. So you need to focus on time periods where tidal movement will be most pronounced. Plenty of water movement means that baitfish and crustaceans will also be moving and active. And when the bait is active, so are the predatory game fish that feed upon them.

Some of the best fishing times occur during a strong incoming tide since the current will be bringing baitfish, crustaceans and other prey in from the sea towards land. The best way to find out when the best fishing tide times will be is by checking a daily tide chart or by asking for a chart at the local tackle shop.

Lunar Phases

Moon phases can affect when to fish saltwater areas. First, a full or new moon shines more light on the water at night, which can affect the feeding patterns of fish since it’s easier for them to see and feed. Second, during a full or new moon, the saltwater tides are stronger due to the pull of gravity. Stronger currents will mean more active baitfish and other prey, making for optimal fishing tide times.

Weather and barometic pressure

The arrival of a weather front that brings either cooler or warmer air temperatures will surely affect fishing. A good period is just before a weather front comes through, when the barometric pressure is dropping and when there is some cloud cover. After a weather front passes the skies are normally clear and the fish need time to re-adjust to the change in conditions before they will actively feed again. Therefore keep a close eye on the weather forecast for the area where you want to go fishing. It can make a big difference to the catches that day.

Time of the day

Sunrise or sunset in particular are generally the best times to fish when the weather and tidal movement are favorable. See the tide chart to determine what times of the day are the best tides for fishing.

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