How Wind & Tide Affect Pier Fishing (No Matter Where You Live)


Have you ever wondered how the tide and wind affect pier fishing?

Growing up, I did a lot of pier fishing, but I never knew how it was affected by the tide or winds, so I was really inconsistent.

Some days I would catch a lot of fish and come home with dinner, while other days I would go home skunked.

Does that sound familiar?

If it does, you’re going to love this video.

Tides and wind affect pier fishing a lot and if you know how it causes the fish to behave, you can use that to your advantage to catch more fish.

In this video, you’ll learn:

  • How fish react to both low and high tides
  • What offshore and onshore winds do to the water and the bait (and therefore, the predator fish)
  • How to use this knowledge to catch more fish
  • And much more

Check it out below.

How Wind & Tides Affect Pier Fishing [VIDEO]

Sign up for FREE to receive the latest saltwater fishing videos, tutorials, product reviews, and fishing product discounts!

➡ Click here to join the Insider Club

I’ve been doing a lot of pier fishing recently and have really been able to dial in the trends and become more consistent.

Keep reading to see how these environmental factors affect pier fishing…

How Tide Affects Pier Fishing

When it’s high tide, there is more water closer to the beach, so the baitfish and predator fish will move closer to shore.

That means that you can usually catch them all along the pier, so look for structure in the middle section of the pier that might not be as crowded as the end.

When it’s low tide, the baitfish and predator fish will usually move farther away from shore.

When this happens, the best fishing is usually done towards the end of the pier where the water is deeper, or near dropoffs at the middle of the pier.

At low tide, I like to fish the end of the pier for pelagics such as mackerel and bluefish, and I like the fish the dropoffs near the middle of the pier for fish like pompano, black drum, and whiting.

Usually, there are two dropoffs along a pier: before and after the sand bar, and they can both hold fish.

How Wind Affects Pier Fishing

When the wind is blowing from offshore to the land it is called an onshore wind, and when it’s blowing from land to the water it’s called an offshore wind.

Let’s break these two down:

Onshore wind


  • Bait is blown inshore, so pelagic species are often closer to the shore


  • Onshore wind cause more waves, which may cause it to be harder to catch bottom feeders

Offshore wind


  • Offshore wind causes fewer waves and increased water clarity, which may cause it to be easier to catch bottom feeders


  • Bait is blown offshore, farther from the pier


catch spanish mackerel

When fishing from a pier, you definitely want to see what the tide and winds are doing to help you decide where to fish, and what types of species to target.

During high tide, fish will usually be scattered along the length of the pier, while at low tide, they’ll be congregated in the dropoffs and at the end of it.

When there’s an onshore wind, bait is pushed closer to shore, so pelagic species like mackerel will come in closer.

However, it usually means the water is more choppy and dirty, so it might be tough to catch the bottom feeders like flounder and black drum.

When there’s an offshore wind, bait is pushed farther from shore, so it might be tough to get to pelagic species, but it will be clear and calm, which makes it easier to catch the bottom species.

Have any questions about pier fishing?

Have you found anything different to be true when it comes to pier fishing?

Let us know in the comments below.

And be sure to TAG and SHARE this with your pier fishing buddies!

P.S. Want access to our best fishing spots and tips, plus discounts to our online tackle store? Click here to join us in the Insider Club!

Stop Wasting Your Valuable Time On The Water!

Do what the “SMART ANGLERS” are doing and join the Insider Club.

Here’s what you’ll receive today when you join:

  • Weekly fishing reports and TRENDS revealing exactly where you should fish ever trip
  • Weekly “spot dissection” videos that walk you through all the best spots in your area
  • Exclusive fishing tips from the PROS you can’t find anywhere else
  • 20% OFF ALL of your fishing tackle (rods, reels, line, lures, and more from ALL of the biggest brands in America)

Click here to join today.

Related articles:

Related categories:

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Russell Grogan Sr
3 years ago

Mike, that was a good video on pier fishing. Having the knowledge on where to be on the pier during low/high tide will make all the difference in the world and the wind. My friend suggested that we fish from a boat near the land where we catch our fish in Pleasure Island near the North/South Levi. If, that’s the case why go in a boat. We should explore places where we can’t go on land. What do you think?

Russell Grogan Sr
3 years ago
Reply to  Wyatt Parcel

Thank you!

David Atkins
3 years ago

Tony, great video, terrific to go over what I’ve known but not followed for years, thanks!

3 years ago

Good information and graphics.

Michael Foy
3 years ago

Nice short and to the point video, that I found useful. Thanks Wyatt and I look forward to more videos and instructionals from you.

Phillip Butler
3 years ago


Cody Selph
3 years ago

Great video Wyatt.

Josh Norris
3 years ago

Good stuff, thanks Wyatt


Do what the “SMART ANGLERS” are doing and join the Insider Club.

Here’s what you’ll receive today when you join:

Other Fishing Tips You May Like :

Boat Vs. Kayak: Pros, Cons, & Which Vessel Is Right For You

Are you debating whether a boat versus a kayak is right for you? Both are capable of helping you catch a ton of fish but there are big...
See Full post

Rapala X-Rap Subwalk Review & Tutorial

What are the best ways to use the Rapala Subwalk Lure to catch fish? Check out the answer in this Rapala Subwalk Review and Tutorial...
See Full post
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x

Get Instant Access To “The Inshore Fishing Manifesto” PDF Now

You’ll automatically be emailed a private link to download your PDF, plus you’ll be added to the Salt Strong Newsletter.
(Please double-check your email below to ensure delivery.)