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Tides4Fishing website

Old 06-18-2019, 03:21 PM
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The above is a website that "predicts" best fishing times for locations near you based upon solunar tables, tides, and times of sunrise/sunset.
Was wondering how many people use this to plan fishing trips, and how accurate is it?

When I was living in the Keys, me and my fishing buddies paid attention to it for a while, and it seemed accurate more than 50% of the time.

The subject came up again because, when we were out fishing off Captiva last Friday, we had a "hot" bite from 6 to 7PM, then they shut off. The guide said that the bite wouldn't be good again for another 4-5 hours. The next day, I checked Tides4Fishing, and our experience exactly matched their predictions.
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Old 06-18-2019, 03:24 PM
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I use it - to see when the tides are. Past that, you might as well read a Tarot deck of finger a chicken gizzard or something.
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Old 06-18-2019, 05:46 PM
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Originally Posted by scallen2112 View Post
I use it - to see when the tides are. Past that, you might as well read a Tarot deck of finger a chicken gizzard or something.
I look at it, then go fishing when I want regardless of when they say the bite will be hot because I fish when I can. Their premise seems to always recommend fishing at the end of the outgoing tide, with some variance of "average, good, or excellent" Based on the moon
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Old 06-18-2019, 09:11 PM
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No one predictor can possibly cover all fishing types and locations.
If you find your fishing trips are about 50% productive, keep doing what you do, that’s not bad!
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Old 06-19-2019, 04:46 AM
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Default Fishing predictor

The primary "driver" of when I go fishing is the desire to fish and a convenient time. After those 2 factors, I may or may not look at "Tides4Fishing" for additional information.

I wonder if anyone does it differently. In other words, who uses the Tides4Fishing website to actually dictate when they are going to go fishing?
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Old 06-19-2019, 06:56 AM
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...Their premise seems to always recommend fishing at the end of the outgoing tide, with some variance of "average, good, or excellent" Based on the moon
Exactly. Whoever puts those little fish symbols up isn't fishing for tailing reds in the grass.


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Old 06-19-2019, 08:37 AM
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I haven't used that website. But I have found an incredibly useful proprietary model with high predictive value. The model very accurately determines the worst bite activity to coincide with actual times that I am on the water. The model has failed completely only on two occasions; so I estimate a pretty good P value.

Unfortunately I've only tested the model in the specific locations in the immediate area surrounding my boat, so can't speak to it's value elsewhere. But a word of warning, I'm heading out of Morehead early Sunday.
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Old 06-20-2019, 06:54 AM
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I haven't used that website. But I have found an incredibly useful proprietary model with high predictive value. The model very accurately determines the worst bite activity to coincide with actual times that I am on the water. The model has failed completely only on two occasions; so I estimate a pretty good P value.

Unfortunately I've only tested the model in the specific locations in the immediate area surrounding my boat, so can't speak to it's value elsewhere. But a word of warning, I'm heading out of Morehead early Sunday.
I could be wrong, but the first paragraph could be sarcastic humor, my favorite kind! I am not EVEN gonna ask what P value is!
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Old 06-21-2019, 03:37 AM
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Just finished checking Tides 4 Fish. Always use it to look at tides in my area.
Helps determine where to look for fish on the flats, creeks, marsh.
Should I run to a high tide spot or try at he mouth of a creek. How long can I stay on this or that flat.
I find it's been accurate for that, but does get my hopes up when I see all those fish icons.

Now, if only I could figure out what lure will catch all those fish icons. ..... ICM
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Old 06-21-2019, 06:37 AM
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I believe there's some merit to the solunars but I also believe that they're a baseline that can be changed drastically by the weather. High pressure or high wind can totally negate a tide or make a crap tide into a good one. I fish when I have time and I use the tide charts as my baseline. Once I hit the water I can look at things and determine what influence the weather is having and where I want to fish. Almost all of my good inshore fishing spots are dependent on specific water levels. Also, I find that the greatest solunars that happen on a full or new moon day are actually the WORST times to fish. When I was new to saltwater fishing I took great stock in what those solunars said, and I took many a fishing vacation revolving around a full moon day or week. I now find that I was fishing the absolute toughest days. If I can avoid it, I simply don't fish the days close to a full moon. I don't care what anybody says, the fishing around a full moon straight up stinks. There are exceptions of course, and if you can stumble onto a bite around a big moon it will be fierce, but short lived.
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That site really works. Look what I caught today, topwater...oh yeah!
Left them biting..........ICM

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