Fishing Southeastern Georgia Tides
Before I head out for a fun day on the water, the first thing I do is check the tide chart. To me this is very important, I can plan out my day as to where and when I need to be at certain fishing spots.
Reading a tide chart is pretty easy, once you understand the basics. New moons and full moons will bring both higher or lower than normal tides. For example, during these moon phases, you will see a low tide at 1:30 am with a -0.9 ft., next high tide at 8:00 am, with a height of 7.5 ft., this means your high tide is actually going to be 8.2 ft., because you add -0.9 to the 7.5., with low tide at 2:00 pm with a -0.7 ft. The best way I found to explain a negative low tide is, if there is a mud flat that has a foot of water on a normal low tide and on this day it’s a -0.7, this means there will only be 5 inches of water on that flat.
Low Tides To See the Lay of the Land
I like to use this time to see where oyster bars are and what size it is, as well as if there are any troughs. I’ll make a mental note of this and fish it when the water is high enough. This is also a great time to check tidal creeks. A great rule of thumb is, if I can get in at low tide, I can get out at high tide. If you go in at high tide, you might not get out at low tide. When fishing Tides moving water is very important. What I mean is if I’m at the jetties and the tide is about dead, I’ll pick up and move to where there’s some current. This time of year there is a good Sheepshead bite and this is one fish I go after on a slow moving tide day.
I hope this helps y’all out on understanding Georgia Tides!
Tight lines and bent Rods!
Captain Ken Olson of Captain Ken’s Fishing Expeditions