With 29 Sites from Sabine Pass to Port Isabel, Texas Tide Page is an Invaluable Planning Tool

If you’ve been fishing the Texas coast for any time at all, you already know that tides are the predictable and reliable keys that open the doors to opportunity and success.

In the saltwater fish-catching universe, it’s all about the motion of the ocean.

For that reason, the Texas Tide Page on this website is arguably its most critical and all-around useful aspect. In terms of format and convenience, these tables are also unique in that they are specifically designed to cater to coastal anglers in the Lone Star State.Great Blue Heron

Robyn LeGris, owner of Web publishing company First Choice Publishing, has been a partner in the production of CoastalAnglers.com ever since its inception as a website in 2001. It was at Robyn’s urging that this site evolved into a blog a little over a year ago, and it is thanks to her as well that the site provides what with all due humility is the most convenient, practical and easy-to-access tide, lunar and solar information in Texas.

At the center of the blog page, beneath the “Pages” listing, you will see “Texas Tide Page.” Click here, and you will find a total of 29 sites throughout the Texas coast, all the way from Sabine Lake on the Louisiana border south to Port Isabel. Select your chosen port, and you have the option of retrieving tide information as you want it, with “correction times” already factored in.

You have a choice of four time frame options … Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow; This Week; This Month; and a final category that allows you to select a specific time from any chosen set of days at any given month.
Collectively, that means that you can get your homework done, and done thoroughly, before you ever leave home for your fishing assignment. When you do so, and apply that knowledge wisely, it affords a critical edge well in advance of fishing outings (to the point that, if you like, you can plan your summer vacation around the tide times that have the best potential for water movement … a highly-advisable practice for anyone whose vacation priority is catching fish, or at least attempting to do so in the most promising of conditions). Four-tide days are ideal, especially when the amount of water exchange between rises and ebbs is significant.

Bear in mind, environmental variables, primarily wind, can substantially alter tidal conditions. A strong south wind can pump a great deal of water inshore (for dramatic verification, check it out next time a tropical storm skirts the fringe of the Texas Coast). Likewise, a hard-hitting cold front and its subsequent north winds can turn a shallow-water locale into a virtual mud flat overnight (generally lousy for fishing, but a great time to scout shallow flats, hand-held GPS in-hand, and log the coordinates of promising contour changes, dropoffs, reefs and other such fish-holding structures).

Aside from tidal times, your CoastalAnglers.com Texas Tide Page printout also includes precise times for sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset and even the duration of twilight. (An interesting an proven side note: When moonrise coincides with sunset, it almost invariably sets the stage for a brief but productive period of high-odds casting immediately before the onset of darkness … just one example how this information can collectively make a huge difference in your odds of coastal angling success.)

Arguably most important of all, you will also find the amount of rise and fall that accompanies each and every tidal transition (again, these rates can be notably impacted by wind conditions, but nonetheless remain the benchmarks upon which any properly-planning fishing outing will always securely rest.) The more water movement, the more influence upon the current-directed positioning of tide-propelled forage fish and crustaceans. Tides move the bait, and where the bait goes, so do the predator species that we spend so much time and money attempting to conquer.

For your reference, posted below is an example of what you will see if you select “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” for today … Saturday, January 19, 2008.

Check it out, put it to good use, and if you have any questions, drop an email to larry@coastalanglers.com. You can also, if you like and are registered as a user (at no cost) with this site, respond directly with comments to any blog posting you choose.

Either way, I look forward to hearing from you.

Be safe on the water (wear that PFD), and don’t forget to take a kid with you when the opportunity arises. Someday, with any luck at all and Good Lord willing, you’ll be an old geezer who is friends with a young man who likes to take old guys fishing … especially old guys who years before took him fishing.

With current or predicted tide information on-hand, you’ll know up-front when the right time arrives.

Good fishing always …

Larry

Alligator Point, West Bay, Texas

yesterday, today and tomorrow
Event Time Feet
Fri 18 of Jan, 2008

Sunset 17:46 
Twilight ends 18:41 
High Tide 18:47 0.76

Sat 19 of Jan, 2008

Moonset 04:36 
Twilight begins 06:20 
Sunrise 07:14 
Low Tide 09:48 -0.67
Moonrise 14:46 
Sunset 17:47 
Twilight ends 18:42 
High Tide 19:25 0.79

Sun 20 of Jan, 2008

Moonset 05:40 
Twilight begins 06:20 
Sunrise 07:14 
Low Tide 10:45 -0.73
Moonrise 15:53 
Sunset 17:48 
Twilight ends 18:42 
High Tide 19:58 0.78

 



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