A British government agency used an Internet contest to name one of their new scientific vessels. It is no surprise then that the clear winner proposed by the public was “Boaty McBoatface”. Serves the agency right for being lazy and phoning it in. True to their word the government agency actually named it that. Meet “Boaty”:
Well, I couldn’t come up with a name for my post and I was going to mention that the tides are now shifting and making for better fishing opportunities for sight casters, soooooo… Tidey McTideface. Works good for indecision.
Before I talk tides I have a few updates. I was getting ready for my upcoming Jack Crevalle trip which consists of frantic casting to fast moving fish with big gear, so I thought I would practice with big poppers. I took the biggest saltwater poppers I had, which are small compared to the one the guide uses, and I caught a few bass. Actually had quite a bit of fun:
I also had the opportunity to fish one of my favorite Mississippi red fish holes, though the wind was high, very high, white caps and white streaks on the water high. So sight casting was out but I did manage to do some good, casting at wakes. Believe it or not, though these two fish have almost exactly the same spots on the same side, they are actually two different fish. Look closely. They were caught in two different bayous about 200 yards apart. Pretty cool.
My casting practice paid off for me, helping me deal with the wind. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t do any sight casting with the chop, muddy water and boat handling problems created by the wind. Surprisingly, my dynamic roll casting practice really paid off. I was on a point where I had some wakes and blow-ups 90 degrees to the wind (yes, you can still see wakes in choppy water). The stiff wind was coming over my right shoulder and there was tall grass on my left. Off-shoulder casting was pretty much out because of the close proximity of the grass. I found the best solution was casting downwind, doing a pick-up and setting an anchor just about a rod’s length away and then roll casting. I was able to cast to my target area easily.
Ok, now for the tide info. This time of year the tide’s are beginning a subtle change into their winter patterns. I caught the fish shown above fishing the first good, July, early morning tide, where the high tide occurred about 7:30 AM. Though not as early as I would like, it was far better than the mostly noon high tides that we’ve had since the end of March. The water was a really good level during the sight window, the high winds just ruined it. Can’t do much about the wind.
The next early morning tide in my fishing area will be better, 4:49 AM on August 18. I like a high tide that is moderately high. Too high and the water can run too fast and muddies everything up. Then September and October where you can hardly not have a good tide, except for the slack tides of course.