PORT ARTHUR —
Do you remember Ed Holder?
He was the outdoors editor for this publication for decades before I came along and had an incredibly rich knowledge of all things outdoors.
He mentored me for a number of years and one of the first things he did was give me an understanding of tides and how important they are to local fishing conditions.
As you probably know, tides are the periodic rise and fall of all ocean waters caused by gravitational forces from the moon and sun.
Holder said, the easiest way to understand how tidal movements work is to compare them to a wave.
“In essence, a tide is a large, slow-moving wave that starts in the ocean, moves through a pass, and ends up in the back of a bay or upland into a river system.”
“Moving on but keeping with the idea of the tide as a wave, it’s very important for anglers to understand that tides are weaker at point’s farther inland than out in the Gulf or nearby.”
The strongest tide will be near the Gulf and the weakest will be far into the bay or river, he explained.
It is important for anglers to look at the strength of tides on charts. For example, if a tide is only calculated to move six inches at the end of the Sabine Jetties, anglers fishing in the upper reaches of Sabine Lake or in the Bessie Heights Marsh area probably won’t see much of a movement.
Just as the actual tidal force weakens somewhat, the peak of the tidal movement will be delayed traveling north from the Gulf.
For Mesquite Point (Pleasure Island at Causeway) you can add 56 minutes. At the Pleasure Island Marine add 1 hour, 30 minutes. For Stewt’s Island add two hours.
These are the numbers Holder showed me back in 1997 and they are pretty accurate , but you always have to consider other factors.
Remember, wind influences waves, and tides are no different.”
Big south winds common in spring push more water toward shore.
If you have only a six inch tide drop but you have had a week of 25 mile per hour plus south wind you may have no actual drop below normal levels. Wind can affect the levels that much. They can of course also add much heighth to a high tide.
For local fishing here are a few tide based tips to keep in mind for various species and locations.
1. At the jetties the best fishing on the channel side is typically during an outgoing tide and on the Gulf side it is better coming in.
2. Flounder fishing from spring through early fall is typically better on an incoming tide.
3. Bass fishing in our marshes peaks on outgoing tides as the fish are move from small lakes and sloughs.
4. Big late summer/early fall tides spark bull redfish to bite.
5. Slack tides always produce slow fishing but anglers fishing around the channel can score on good catches when ships pull water and cause current to move. This is especially true for flounder.
(To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at email@example.com. You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI and watch his WebTV series online at www.godsoutdoors.com. Follow him on Twitter @flexfishing.)
PORT ARTHUR —
Do you remember Ed Holder?
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The announcement was made last week, ahead of Bassmaster’s official tournament schedule announcement and the buzz is already strong in Southeast Texas and beyond.
I was in Orlando, Fla. attending the ICAST (fishing trade) show and talked with a number of top anglers including Kevin VanDam, Mike Iaconelli and Shaw Grigsby who said it was no surprise they would return considering the massive turnout for the weigh-ins and that the area welcomed them in a very special way.
It’s far too early to speculate anything like who the top contenders will be or how the fishing will be but there are some things to keep in mind and to look for over the next few months and into the event itself.
• Prefishing-There is a pre-fishing cutoff that usually extends to right before the Bassmaster Classic and I fully expect most of the anglers in the Elites to come back and prefish.
Last go-round probably 2/3 of the field fished the area but this time I expect that to be just about everyone. Many of the anglers that did not pre-fish told me they expected to have a lot of water to fish but the sheer volume and diversity was almost overwhelming.
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• Sabine River -Very few of the anglers actually fished in the Sabine River despite the event being called the “Sabine River Challenge”. I think that will change with more anglers running as far north as they can to find pockets of fish that receive little pressure and perhaps a four or five-pounder to push them over the top.
• Bigger Turnout-Last year some 34,000 people attended the event which set a Bassmaster record for an Elite event.
It was broken a couple of weeks later in New York but I fully expect the 2015 tournament to draw 40,000 plus. The reason they are coming back is not for the stellar fishing because while we have lots of bass, everyone knows our fishery cannot compare to Toledo Bend for example.
The support from the public however was amazing and that is what is bringing the top anglers on the planet to fish our area.
We will have the very best coverage of the event beginning now and leading up to it with exclusive interviews with all of the top pros with not only their thoughts on the big event but with unique tips on how you can catch more fish.
It’s an exciting time and I look forward to bringing you special coverage on a special event.
(To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on GETV.org)
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