How to use tidal run to advantage
AN adage in fishing is “no run, no fun”. We thought we’d ask Nautical Marine Sales’ font of knowledge Lachie O’Hanlon to expound on the subject:
“Generally with a run-in tide you get cleaner water because it’s come in from the blue water outside.
“The creeks at low tide are quite dirty, so they fill up with cleaner water which means the pelagics – trevallys, queenfish – are more likely to come in and hunt the little fish along the foreshore.
“Down the beach, for instance, more water comes in and washes across the flats and fills the flats up and pushes up against the beach, so to speak. The predators will come in and push the bait against the beach and use the beach like a barrier. “High tide’s good for that. “With the low tides, some of the smaller creeks fish quite well.
“Think of it this way: the bait runs off the banks; as the tide drops those little creeks dry out.
“They might only be a metre deep, so if the tide drops a metre those little bait fish and prawns and stuff might have to come out into the bigger creek, so then the predators sit in front of those tidal drains.
“So some fish like barramundi and jacks take advantage of the muddier water, and they’ll hunt in that water, chasing the bait fish as they wash out.
“So you just have to pick your spots, depending on the tides.
It all comes down to ‘no run, no fun’.
“Another thing with a faster tide is it pushes oxygen over the fishes’ gills so faster moving water pushes more oxygen and keeps the fish more active.
“The bait fish swim their litttle hearts out in the current and streams which makes the big predators more capable of knocking them off.”