How To Calculate The Timing Of Tides In Between Tide Stations
How do you calculate the differences in the timing of tides in between tide stations on tide maps?
If you fish in areas close to tide stations but not close enough to rely on the tide readings, then how do you accurately predict the tides?
In reality, you aren’t going to be fishing where the tide stations are so it is an important skill for any angler to be able to determine the tides where you are fishing based on nearby tide stations.
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How To Calculate Tides In Between Tide Stations [VIDEO]
The premise discussed in this video holds true to any area, not just the ones shown in Florida and Texas.
Tides always begin out in the bigger bodies of water such as the Atlantic Ocean or in the Gulf of Mexico.
As the tide moves inland, it is delayed the further inland you are.
For example, when you inspect tides between two tide stations, the farther location from the larger body of incoming water will be a more delayed tide than the station closer to the larger body of water.
Tides that are further inland are delayed compared to tides closer to the ocean.
Using SmartTides, or however you obtain your tide information if you aren’t an insider member, you can pick two spots along where you intend to fish and subtract the difference between the low or high tide times to figure out the timing of tides in between the stations.
This is not a one size fits all demonstration as there are other factors at play.
The hydrodynamics of the water is in play as well as the impact of constriction zones that will cause a delay in tides.
Areas With Only One Nearby Tide Station
There may be scenarios where there aren’t two tide stations next to where you aim to go fishing.
If that is the case, follow the flow of the current.
Make sure you are following up current or down current from the tide station you are looking at.
Begin with a tide station next to where the water has to pass through to get to where you want to fish.
Then, select a tide station on the other side of where you are fishing.
The difference between these two stations will give you an idea of the tide in the area between them.
There is no way to uncover the perfect time of the tide.
However, this method will get it close enough to where you can judge the tide in an area between tide stations.
Tide stations aren’t perfect but they are accurate enough to predict tides.
The stations factor in the gravitational pull of the Earth, the moon, and the sun.
They do not factor in changes in wind and pressure that are important for tidal movement.
As a result, the difference in times of the tides you are looking for assumes there are not any changes in wind or pressure.
If you have any further questions on the timing of tides in bays or around chokepoints, please ask me down in the comments!
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