Fishing 101 – The Effects of Weather And Tides

fishingIf you’re planning on going fishing, you’re probably wondering what the best day is to go out to sea. A lot of recreational anglers ask this question quite a lot. Most often, work, commitments, and time constraints dictate the amount of time recreational anglers go out on a fishing trip. That’s the reason why most people want to know the best time to catch fish. The good news is that it isn’t too hard to know when the perfect time is. The best days to go out fishing is somewhat predictable.

The variables that define a good fishing day

There’s a short list of variables that make up a nice day to go out fishing. The first one on the list is the time of year, next is the tide, and the last one is the weather. When we talk about the time of year, there’s also one factor that we need to consider and that’s what kind of fish to go after. You may check out your favorite fishing guide when you go fishing in Myrtle Beach to get a clear idea of what to fish for. You call Fish-On-Outfitters for suggestions on the best time to go fishing .

When you finally get the species of fish sorted out, you then proceed to the days that will yield the best catch. And this normally involves knowing the tides. Normally, strong tides mean a better fishing experience. A tide chart will come in handy. In each month, the days are divided into two portions. One half having stronger tides and the other with weaker tides. There’s an algorithm used to calculate the tides, predicting which days are the best to fish in each month.

On to the second consideration – the weather. Determining the weather is a bit tricky. There are a lot of factors that you need to consider including, wind direction and speed, precipitation, and temperature. Precipitation, however, isn’t much of a game changer. If you simply don’t want to get wet while fishing, you can just wait it out.

Now we move on to temperature. In summer, temperature fluctuations don’t really matter that much. In late April to early May, water temperatures normally hit 80’s and will likely remain in that mark until fall. However, in late fall and early spring, water temperatures are critical. When temperatures drop significantly, fishing trips will be affected. Of course, for us humans, we need to stay warm at all times. An accidental drop in freezing cold water will probably ruin your fishing trip. Aside from the human factor, fish also take a few days to adjust to the change in temperature. In general, it takes a few warm days to get things back to normal.

charter fishing sea troutLastly, we have wind. A lot of things can be affected by wind including where to fish, tide levels, and clarity of the water. For instance, wind speeds beyond 15 mph will affect water clarity, muddying inshore waters if it comes from either the south, north, or west. Wind that comes from either the north or south, blowing up or down the Inter-Coastal Waterway definitely results in muddy water. Strong west winds also has an impact on the intracoastal waterway Myrtle Beach, bringing in all the sand from the beaches. The reason why water clarity is important is the fact that some species of fish are affected by it. Sea trout and snook are examples of fish that thrive on clear water. Redfish, on the other hand, still roams in muddy water without a problem. In any case where the wind is too strong, fishing trips are normally suspended. It is generally not a good idea to set out to sea when winds are unfavorably strong.

Want to have the best fishing experience in Myrtle Beach? Call Fish-On Outfitters today.

Fish-On Outfitters
800 Sea Mountain Hwy
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
(843) 249-2600

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