for 19.99 I will send tide cliff notes ....subject to reader error but very informative for cheat sheet...I've been meaning to ask this question for years but can someone give a quick "Cliff Notes" version of which side of the tide is best to fish and why? Does fishing location of fish specie matter or is just a general rule when fishing the Bay? Thanks!
I agree with Country Water that current seems more important than tides, but I think you need to add structure and bait to the forumla. Even flounder will find small depressions in the bottom and they will stack up on top of each another. Oyster beds, jetties, uneven bottom, bridge supports, islands, wrecks, tunnel tubes, grass beds drop offs, old piers, etc. often hold bait and predators waiting to ambush something. If there is no current try vertical jigging or live bait while holding the boat a still as possible, consider trolling while looking for bait or move to an area where the current is still moving. IE sometimes at the CBBT one area has no current, but it may be moving a couple of miles away. Join a local fishing club if you want to accelerate your learning curve a lot.In many cases like fishing the CBBT it is more about currents than the tide. Different fish have preferences and it can vary by location. If fishing inshore inlets, the falling tide can be best as the baitfish are being pushed out of the safer shallows into the channel where the predators are hiding.
If fishing the bay, use an app like http://fishcurrents.com or visit the NOAA site. Tide predictions are meaningless in the open bay as the current and tide are not aligned by several hours.