I cant believe I still dont understand this :k but can someone explain how to read and understand these tide charts. What I mean is when would the best time to fish be? When would the current be moving the best, etc...? Take this for example:
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 11 High 5:19 AM 1.8 6:33 AM Set 2:47 AM 70
11 Low 12:21 PM -0.1 8:12 PM Rise 4:08 PM
11 High 6:52 PM 1.0
11 Low 11:37 PM 0.3
Which would be the incoming and the outgoing? I know, I'm a dummy!
I would just add that if you like to fish the flats at all, a knowledge of "slack water," is extremely useful. Teall's used to include this in their charts and I thank God I paid attention to that aspect while the feature was included.
Tide charts are really made for navigational purposes only. It is helpful for boats with draft issues in certain areas, to know how high or low a tide will be and when that low/high water will occur.
But depending on the moon phase, an outgoing current might persist for as much as 2 hours after "low" water. So don't necessarily go to a spot (that you want to fish during an incoming tide) at LOW tide. You might be waiting for a while and I have seen this happen to guides and fishermen in the Keys on occasions too numerous to mention. On the flats, current direction can be as important or more important than water depth, so that is another reason to know the basics of this facet of the tides.
Times of slack water are no longer included in any tide charts that I know of, so you'll have to do some searching. Maybe someone here already has a site that they use and would be willing to post it.
If you have an I-Phone, download Ovi's ap called tide graph. The tide data is displayed on a graph. You can move the cursor throughout the day and it will show you the rate the water is rising or falling per hour. You will be able to target certain fish holds based on rate of water movement. Its pretty sweet. Hopefully someone who knows how to post up images could upload a screenshot of the tide you posted as an example.