using tide for fishing

How to use the tides for fishing advantage

Did you know that the tides can affect the feeding behavior and migrating habits of the fish? By understanding the natural rise and fall of the sea, you can have an edge in determining the ideal place and time for angling.

Putting tides in your favor

The tides have an impact on the current and movement of the water which carries the food that the fish eats. It can sweep plants and small marine creatures to a certain area which drives the predatory fish to gather where the food is abundant. Knowing where the fish converges is definitely a game changer because you can focus your fishing efforts in that area to increase your catch ratio.

Incoming, outgoing, and slack water

An incoming or rising tide is considered as one of the best fishing opportunities. As the tide rises and the water flows into shallow areas, the fish head to these spots to prey on crustaceans and baitfish that are caught in the flow. To maximize angling results, you can fish the deeper water beyond the edge of the flat or shallows. Here you can cast your bait for a chance to get a strike from predatory fish like snapper and yellowtail out for a hunt.

fishing the tides

You can also take advantage of the outgoing tide as it shifts towards deeper channels into the open water. By casting  your bait on the outgoing tide, you can intercept game fish such as tuna that are waiting to ambush prey that are carried out by the current.

It is favorable to go fishing during an incoming or outgoing rise and fall of the sea because the tide is running. This usually takes place during the middle period and not during the high or low levels when there might be no visible movement in the water for several minutes and even hours, depending on the tide schedule and time of the year.

During periods of slack water when there is little to no water movement, the level of bait declines significantly and fish don’t feed actively. Some species like snappers prefer hunting when the water flows continuously and tend to lose interest when the tidal current stops flowing in or out. It is not totally impossible to catch fish during periods of slack water but it is rather difficult. The wise thing to do during a slack is to stop for a meal or spend time rigging your lines or organizing your tackle.

period of slack water

Positioning the boat where the fish are

Your captain can also use the tides to boost your fishing success. He can determine the area where the fish are concentrated in connection to the current tide by using a fish finder. Once the spot where there is an accumulation of baitfish and schools of fish is pinpointed, the captain can position the boat for anchor or drifting so you can enjoy better angling opportunities.

Now that you understand how the tides affect the behavior and feeding pattern of fish, you can strategize your next Cabo fishing adventure by checking the local tides and currents on the day of your trip. For best fishing results, it’s advisable to consider other factors like water temperature, barometric pressure, wind speed, and more.


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