View Full Version : Tide? or time of dayQ?
04-09-2011, 05:50 PM
Whats up ya'll brand new to the forum and for the most part the sport. Pretty simple question. I know early morning with high tide is the best, but as life will show work doesnt always allow for that. So in regards to the other times of the day/tides whats usually the best way to go? is it worth going in the morning during a low tide or going in the afternoon for a high tide? or does it matter that much at all? keep in mind for the most part I am swimmin in from La Jolla or Sunset cliffs.
04-09-2011, 05:55 PM
High tide afternoon
04-09-2011, 06:03 PM
You know, I've never kept track of tides in relation to fish when I'm diving, I use them to gauge the amount of current to expect, and try to find a place that suits the conditions correctly. For example, if there's a big swing up and down, I'll probably try to catch the deeper, more exposed spots when the tide is slack, and during the transition between high/low try to stay a bit closer to shore or shallower water.
I've shot fish at all times of day, and in all phases of the lunar cycle. There may be a pattern in their behavior, but they are animals, and can be unpredictable at times. The most important thing to do is get in the water, you'll never find out exactly how it works on Spearboard :D
04-09-2011, 11:01 PM
Don't limit yourself to a time of day, or a cycle of the tides. For the most part we have have commitments to work, family, school, etc., but the more you try to focus on certain conditions for fishing, the less fishing you will ultimately accomplish.
Success as a beginner is going to rely on (from my experience), luck and LOTS of time in the water. Unless you have people leading you right on top of fish, the water time is a necessity. Additionally, I believe the more time put in now will have a larger impact down the line(ie. the guys that seem to know where fish are have based that on thousands of previous experiences.).
04-09-2011, 11:14 PM
depends on where you dive and time of year. how much current, bait congregations, etc....At Catalina and Clemente, early am and late afternoon hgh tides are the most productive...if the fish are on squid or spawning, you might see them up shallow all day, particularly in certain spots where they like to congregate...after the sun hits the water, they tend to go deeper...early am, sometimes, you will find wsb sleeping in the kelp just a foot or two below the surface...diving time in the water is the best teacher if you are willing to develop all your senses and learn to read the signs....then, in one magic moment, it all comes together for the perfect stalk and shot...
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