HOW DO TIDES WORK?

On the ocean coast, the life of a fisherman is punctuated by the different stages of the tide. Coming in? Going out? Slack water?  These phenomena are still unclear for the beginner, already busy trying to comprehend the basics of this complex fishing. However, understanding the tides is much less complicated than it appears. We are giving you everything you need to understand these natural phenomena and make an effective choice about the best time to get out your rods. 
 

FISHING WITH THE TIDE COMING IN

The rising tide is a good time for surf casting. Some fishermen even consider that this is one of the most favourable times for fishing in the sea. The current "strikes" the breaking waves, thus churning up the bottom and all the food present there. The fish stay around this place for hunting.

 

La pêche à marée montante

You must present your baited rig level with the breaking wave

The fish also take advantage of the current in the rising tide to enter the "baïnes" to feed. Under these conditions, the line baited with a resistant bait (e.g. cuttlefish) can remain in place for several hours without the fisherman intervening. 

You must ensure, however, regularly move your equipment back as the sea moves in.  

 

Tide coming in

At high tide, fish come in to feed inside the "baïnes". Stay vigilant of the powerful current.

 

FISHING WITH THE TIDE GOING OUT

To say that the tide going out "is not the best time for practising surf casting" is more of an accepted idea than scientific fact. What is certain is that when the tide is going out, the water return to the open sea, but it's also a great time to go ahead and explore further offshore. 
 

Pêche pendant la marée descendante

 

At low tide, the bottom of a "baïne" will probably not be productive but its narrow entrance will be home to some great fish if food is present. The fish "wait at the exit" for the current to take them back for their next meal.  
 

Tide coming out

Explore the narrow entrance of the "baïne" to reach fish that are hunting. 

Unlike when the tide is coming in, here you need to make sure you regularly move your equipment forward as the sea moves further back. 

 

SLACK WATER (High tide)

Slack water is a brief interlude of about 30 minutes between the tide coming in and going out. 
This is an excellent time to fish because the fish follow the coastlines and can be taken anywhere. However, quick action is needed, because as soon as the tide goes out again, the fish leave for the open sea.
 

SLACK WATER (low tide)

This is certainly a moment not to be missed, especially for finding the fish. Indeed, the uncovered beach enables different positions to be explored. It is often the only time to fish in a deep or distant pit
 

 

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