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    I'm looking for a couple hours of no current to spearfish for lingcod tomorrow. Looks like high tide is at 0343 and low at 1043. And a 10' swing. Should 1000 to 1200 be calm?


    Esteban
    B-ham!
    Former Bayliners 3218, 2859, 2252, 1952

    #2
    I use an app called fishing mobile. It gives you slack water, lunar times, tides etc. It is very accurate.

    The other one is here,http://www.tides4fishing.com/us/wash...cypress-island
    Joel
    1987 3818 Hino 175
    "Knotty Girl"
    Prince Rupert B.C.

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      #3
      Yep, you've got it. Starting a bit before the slack and heading with the tide, it'll carry you back on the begining of the flood if you're running a bit late. That's a pretty tall tide change though, so watch the currents. If you start too late, finish early.
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        #4
        Actually you should be looking at the closest current tables. Have no idea for your area but here at Race Rocks tide change and slack current can be hours apart. Tide ls iup and down, measured in feet. Current is ebb and flood measured in knots. Hope this helps. When I dove, tide didn't matter but current sure the hell did. Every year or so a diver or two gets carried away here by the current not the tide. Ted

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          #5
          I hate to say it, but Wikipedia seems to have a pretty interesting write up on this:

          https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slack_water

          Despite 5 years at university (wasted? ) i have to think really hard to get my head around the fact that slack tide is not necessarily at high/low tide.

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            #6
            Well there was no slack tide Saturday...with the 10' tide swing. Went north with the current when fishing, then noticed my air was low so surfaced and attempted to swim back. Current was way to strong but then switched and took me back to the southern end of the island.

            Left the edge of the island to go to the boat too soon and got caught in a strong rip, realized I wasn't going to make the boat si went for a 7mph cruise to the next island. Luckily I had my whistle and was able to get the attention of a guy on a little fishing boat. He towed me back to my boat. I had my dive light and plan b was to use that to get attention once night came...
            Esteban
            B-ham!
            Former Bayliners 3218, 2859, 2252, 1952

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              #7
              I have found here in the PNW that Currents and Wind are the essential elements. Tide is nice to know to ensure there is enough water under your boat, and there are "signs" to be learned from Tides as mentioned above, but nothing beats the currents and wind info.

              This website I just found gives an interesting view from around here. If you center around Northern Puget sound move the slider on the bottom you can see the craziness of currents and in looking at the tide graph on the right, they seem to have nothing to do with each other. There is a relationship, but honestly... I look for times where there is low current speed and low wind speed..

              http://www.deepzoom.com/index.html

              For winds I use..

              http://forecast.predictwind.com/gmap/GFS/178/864384

              I wish I could find an app that had the currents, wind and tides on one map. I can only seem to find any combination of two, but not all three.
              Aquatic Muse
              Mount Vernon, WA
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              '79 Bayliner Santiago w/ Mercruiser 470 power and drive

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                #8
                "green650" post=741308 wrote:
                Well there was no slack tide Saturday...with the 10' tide swing. Went north with the current when fishing, then noticed my air was low so surfaced and attempted to swim back. Current was way to strong but then switched and took me back to the southern end of the island.

                Left the edge of the island to go to the boat too soon and got caught in a strong rip, realized I wasn't going to make the boat si went for a 7mph cruise to the next island. Luckily I had my whistle and was able to get the attention of a guy on a little fishing boat. He towed me back to my boat. I had my dive light and plan b was to use that to get attention once night came...
                Damn green, I'm glad you made it home safe, were you by yourself on this adventure, ain't ya supposed to have a buddy? Just curious, I don't know a thing about diving other than I did it once when I was young and froze my ass off :S
                Dave
                Edmonds, WA
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                  #9
                  No dive buddy. No one seems to like to dive in these cold waters. It would have been nice to have someone in a dinghy...I was able to help my buddy last year when he cramped up and couldn't make it back.
                  Esteban
                  B-ham!
                  Former Bayliners 3218, 2859, 2252, 1952

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