Gulf Coast Fisherman Magazine Vol 41; No. 4 - FALL 2017 - Page 18

Wells Fishing Forecast Adjustment Times
Tide Table Adjustment Times
Eastern Gulf Flounder
( Continued from page 6 .)
opportunity . When you think flounder presentations , think “ slow and vulnerable .” Keep the hops low so the bait stays tight on the fish ’ s radar and don ’ t hesitate to drag baits across the sand .
An effective alternative , which forces you to maintain proper positioning , is a light Carolina rig with a jig , jerkbait , artificial shrimp or live bait ( pilchard or shrimp ). Use a 3 / 4- to 1-ounce slip sinker on your main line above the swivel and tie an 18-inch fluorocarbon leader below . Tugged at a glacial pace , the bumping sinker attracts attention for the bait soon to follow .
In Sarasota Bay , Capt . Rick Grassett typically wind drifts a broad flat and directs his anglers to cast ahead of the drift and allow maximum presentation time . In addition to potholes , he also finds flounder lying next to sand bars . In either scenario , Clouser flies on intermediate sink tip line will also tempt hungry flat fish . ON THE ROCKS
Homosassa guide Capt . William Toney regularly finds keeper flounder in the 15 to 20-foot range that he commonly fishes for grouper , seabass and mackerel . As Toney notes , the flounder hold over the sandy perimeters where they gravitate to the notches and lanes between two prominent rock sections .
The key is to slow your retrieve once you reach the end of the rocks and let the bait tumble onto the sand . Keep the bait moving so it looks like real prey , but an intermittent retrieve allows the bait to bump the bottom . That creates noise and vibration to alert the flounder of approaching food . Jigs and soft plastic jerkbaits also work here . THE HOLE TRUTH
Marinas and residential canals can hold tremendous flounder opportunity , but anglers often miss the boat by trying to hit all the different angles . Often , if you simply focus on soaking a bait under the deep end of a dock , you ’ ll find aggressive flounder packing the troughs dug by boat props .
The same jigs and Carolina rigs you used on the flats will work , but one of the best dock options is a finger mullet or a small pinfish hooked through the lips with a 1 / 4- to 3 / 8-ounce jig head and presented under the structure . With the lead head hindering the bait ’ s movement , flounder don ’ t have to move far , so watch for subtle movements or steady tensions and wind down on anything that feels like a bite .
( Continued next page .)

N O R T H

S t . J o s e p h P o i n t , FL to S h i p S h o a l L i g h t ,

Wells Fishing Forecast Adjustment Times

St . Joseph Point
-: 60
Panama City
-1.20
Destin / East Pass
-: 40
Pensacola Bay Entrance
-: 30
Alabama Point
-: 20
Mobile Point
-: 15
Horn Island Pass
Same
Pascagoula Pass
-: 10
Chandeleur Light
-: 15

G U L F

To adjust for your fishing area , add (+) or subtract ( - ) hours and minutes shown above for the area you plan to fish from the Forecast time . No attempt should be made to compare the time of high or low tide , shown below , to the times of current presented in theWells Fishing Forecast .
18 G U L F C O A S T F I S H E R M A N W W W . G U L F F I S H I N G . C O M
LA
Long Point / Lake Borgne
+: 20
Bay St . Louis
+: 20
Rigolets
+: 35
South Pass / Delta
+: 20
Empire Jetty
+: 45
Barataria Pass
+: 55
Cat Island Pass
.+ 1:10
Pointe Au Fer Isle

Tide Table Adjustment Times

HIGH
LOW
Port St . Joe
-0:24
-0:51
St . Andrew Bay
Channel
-1:31 -2:02
Panama City
-0:43
-0:44
Parker
-0:05 -0:22
Laird Bayou , E . Bay
+ 0:26
+ 0:40
Farmdale , E . Bay
+ 0:35
+ 0:55
Wetappo Crk , E . Bay
+ 1:01
+ 1:40
Lynn Haven , N . Bay
-0:06
+ 0:20
West Bay Crk , W . Bay + 0:18
+ 1:23
Choctawhatchee Bay East Pass ( Destin )
-0:27
+ 1:20
Harris , The Narrows
+ 1:37
+ 2:51
Fishing Bend , SantaRosa + 0:41 + 0:51
Pensacola Bay
Entrance
-1:23
-0:34
Warrington , 2 mi . S . of
-0:27
-0:30
PENSACOLA
Times Shown
Lora Pt ., Escambia Bay + 0:36
+ 1:03
East Bay
+ 0:44
+ 1:17
Bay Point , Blackwater .+ 1:23
+ 1:27
Milton , Blackwater R .
+ 1:40
+ 1:47
Mobile Point
+ 0:26
+ 0:12
Bayou La Batre
-1:17
-1:04
Horn Island Pass
-0:31 -0:53
Pascagoula , MS Sound
-0:40
-0:46
Pascagoula River entr .
0:00
-0:42
Biloxi , Biloxi Bay
-0:32
-0:20
Ship Island Pass
-0:42
-0:30
Cat Island ( West Pt .)
-0:44
+ 0:07
HIGH
LOW
Bay St . Louis
+ 0:53
+ 1:26
Long Pt , Lake Borgne
+ 1:29
+ 1:42
Shell Beach , L . Borgne + 3:22
+ 4:11
Chandeleur Light
-0:39
-0:21
Gardner I ., Breton Sd
-0:19
+ 0:18
Breton Islands
-0:21
-0:15
Jack Bay
+ 0:12
+ 0:30
Lonesome Bayou
-2:35
-2:47
Mississippi River Pass a Loutre ent .
-1:48
-1:00
Southeast Pass
-2:32
-2:46
Port Eads , South Pass
-2:13
-2:35
Joseph Bayou
-2:32
-2:35
Southwest Pass
-2:34
-2:31
Head of Passes
-1:47
-0:29
Paris Road Bridge
+ 4:09
+ 5:09
Empire Jetty
-2:47
-2:34
Bastian Island
-1:03
-0:37
Quatre Bayous Pass
+ 0:34
-0:32
Barataria Pass
-0:44
-0:59
Barataria Bay Bayou Rigaud , Grand I
-0:12
-0:03
Independence Island
+ 0:45
+ 1:10
Manilla
+ 0:48
+ 2:24
Caminada Pass ( bridge ) + 0:30
+ 0:45
Timbalier Island
-1:25
-0:26
Pelican I ., Timbalier
+ 0:42
+ 1:37
Caillou Boca
-1:04
-0:01
Racoon Point , Caillou B -1:47
-1:09
Ship Shoal Light
-3:38
-2:39
The daily tide tables are to be used only as a depth of water guide and have no correlation to the maximum times of current . To adjust for your fishing area , add (+) hours / minutes or deduct ( - ) hours / minutes shown above to the times of high or low as indicated by the tide tables .
Note : Forecast and Tide Tables have been adjusted for DST or CST , as appropriate .
Eastern Gulf Flounder (Continued from page 6.) opportunity. When you think flounder presentations, think “slow and vulnerable.” Keep the hops low so the bait stays tight on the fish’s radar and don’t hesitate to drag baits across the sand. An effective alternative, which forces you to maintain proper positioning, is a light Carolina rig with a jig, jerkbait, artificial shrimp or live bait (pilchard or shrimp). Use a 3/4- to 1-ounce slip sinker on your main line above the swivel and tie an 18-inch fluorocarbon leader below. Tugged at a glacial pace, the bumping sinker attracts attention for the bait soon to follow. In Sarasota Bay, Capt. Rick Grassett typically wind drifts a broad flat and directs his anglers to cast ahead of the drift and allow maximum presentation time. In addition to potholes, he also finds flounder lying next to sand bars. In either scenario, Clouser flies on intermediate sink tip line will also tempt hungry flat fish. ON THE ROCKS Homosassa guide Capt. William Toney regularly finds keeper flounder in the 15 to 20-foot range that he commonly fishes for grouper, seabass and mackerel. As Toney notes, the flounder hold over the sandy perimeters where they gravitate to the notches and lanes between two prominent rock sections. The key is to slow your retrieve once you reach the end of the rocks and let the bait tumble onto the sand. Keep the bait moving so it looks like real prey, but an intermittent retrieve allows the bait to bump the bottom. That creates noise and vibration to alert the flounder of approaching food. Jigs and soft plastic jerkbaits also work here. THE HOLE TRUTH Marinas and residential canals can hold tremendous flounder opportunity, but anglers often miss the boat by trying to hit all the different angles. Often, if you simply focus on soaking a bait under the deep end of a dock, you’ll find aggressive flounder packing the troughs dug by boat props. The same jigs and Carolina rigs you used on the flats will work, but one of the best dock options is a finger mullet or a small pinfish hooked through the lips with a 1/4- to 3/8-ounce jig head and presented under the structure. With the lead head hindering the bait’s movement, flounder don’t have to move far, so watch for subtle movements or steady tensions and wind down on anything that feels like a bite. N O R T H G U L F S t. J o s e p h P o i n t, FL to S h i p S h o a l L i g h t, LA Wells Fishing Forecast Adjustment Times St. Joseph Point Panama City Destin/East Pass Pensacola Bay Entrance Alabama Point Mobile Point Horn Island Pass Pascagoula Pass Chandeleur Light -:60 -1.20 -:40 -:30 -:20 -:15 Same -:10 -:15 Long Point/Lake Borgne Bay St. Louis Rigolets South Pass/Delta Empire Jetty Barataria Pass Cat Island Pass Pointe Au Fer Isle +:20 +:20 +:35 +:20 +:45 +:55 .+1:10 To adjust for your fishing area, add (+) or subtract (-) hours and minutes shown above for the area you plan to fish from the Forecast time. No attempt should be made to compare the time of high or low tide, shown below, to the times of current presented in theWells Fishing Forecast. Tide Table Adjustment Times HIGH LOW Port St. Joe -0:24 -0:51 St. Andrew Bay Channel -1:31 -2:02 Panama City -0:43 -0:44 Parker -0:05 -0:22 Laird Bayou, E. Bay +0:26 +0:40 Farmdale, E. Bay +0:35 +0:55 Wetappo Crk, E. Bay +1:01 +1:40 Lynn Haven, N. Bay -0:06 +0:20 West Bay Crk, W. Bay +0:18 +1:23 Choctawhatchee Bay East Pass (Destin) -0:27 +1:20 Harris, The Narrows +1:37 +2:51 Fishing Bend,SantaRosa+0:41 +0:51 Pensacola Bay Entrance -1:23 -0:34 Warrington, 2 mi. S. of -0:27 -0:30 PENSACOLA Times Shown Lora Pt., Escambia Bay +0:36 +1:03 East Bay +0:44 +1:17 Bay Point, Blackwater .+1:23 +1:27 Milton, Blackwater R. +1:40 +1:47 Mobile Point +0:26 +0:12 Bayou La Batre -1:17 -1:04 Horn Island Pass -0:31 -0:53 Pascagoula, MS Sound -0:40 -0:46 Pascagoula River entr. 0:00 -0:42 Biloxi, Biloxi Bay -0:32 -0:20 Ship Island Pass -0:42 -0:30 Cat Island (West Pt.) -0:44 +0:07 HIGH LOW Bay St. Louis +0:53 Long Pt, Lake Borgne +1:29 Shell Beach, L. Borgne +3:22 Chandeleur Light -0:39 Gardner I., Breton Sd -0:19 Breton Islands -0:21 Jack Bay +0:12 Lonesome Bayou -2:35 Mississippi River Pass a Loutre ent. -1:48 Southeast Pass -2:32 Port Eads, South Pass -2:13 Joseph Bayou -2:32 Southwest Pass -2:34 Head of Passes -1:47 Paris Road Bridge +4:09 Empire Jetty -2:47 Bastian Island -1:03 Quatre Bayous Pass +0:34 Barataria Pass -0:44 Barataria Bay Bayou Rigaud, Grand I -0:12 Independence Island +0:45 Manilla +0:48 Caminada Pass (bridge) +0:30 Timbalier Island -1:25 Pelican I., Timbalier +0:42 Caillou Boca -1:04 Racoon Point, Caillou B -1:47 Ship Shoal Light -3:38 +1:26 +1:42 +4:11 -0:21 +0:18 -0:15 +0:30 -2:47 -1:00 -2:46 -2:35 -2:35 -2:31 -0:29 +5:09 -2:34 -0:37 -0:32 -0:59 -0:03 +1:10 +2:24 +0:45 -0:26 +1:37 -0:01 -1:09 -2:39 The daily tide tables are to be used only as a depth of water guide and have no correlation to the maximum times of current. 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