Beat low tide ranges with bottlenecks and windblown banks

Chris Ginn

November 01, 2012 at 7:00 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

The mouths of little cuts like this one can be redfish hotspots when the tide is barely moving because they force all the water to run through a very narrow chute.
The mouths of little cuts like this one can be redfish hotspots when the tide is barely moving because they force all the water to run through a very narrow chute.
Chris Ginn
Low tidal ranges can be the death knell for saltwater anglers. Simply put, when the waterís not moving, the fish arenít biting.

But to say that inshore water doesnít move might be a little bit of a lie. Even a low tidal range indicates some movement, and as has been evident the last few years, the wind is always blowing.

In other words, when it doesnít look like the water is moving a lot anywhere, you can bet itís moving at least a little somewhere.

"I like to look for areas that concentrate the current when there is a low tidal range," said John Falterman Jr. of Therapy Charters out of Slidell. "Places like the CSX bridge, the small canals up and down the Intracoastal Canal and Chef Pass ó these are the kinds of bottlenecks that take what little current there is and makes it seem like itís falling or rising faster than what it really is."

Wind can also make it seem like there is more tidal movement than the charts indicate. Falterman likes to look for windblown banks where bait is being pushed up against it. Redfish will roam up and down these banks to forage on anything struggling in the choppy water.

"When the waterís not just sucking out on a falling tide, you can still find some good spots to fish if you look for these two kinds of areas," Falterman said. "It may not be exactly what youíre looking for, but on a day when the waterís not moving, any water movement can give you an advantage."



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