Tarponator wrote: »
Spotshot got it right: It is the moment of no tidal flow. It occurs at the time of "High" and "Low" tides you'll see listed in newspapers, online, etc.
NOTyourSPOT wrote: »
I'm a chick, dude.
No matter what, slack tide is definitely NOT my favorite time to fish.
Doc Stressor wrote: »
While the term does mean when the current stops, slack tide does not necessarily occur at either high or low tide. The time of slack water depends on your specific area.
Tarponator wrote: »
If the tide is not moving, how can it not be at the time of a high or low tide (in the area you're in)?
Unless you're speaking to the differences between high and low tide times at specific locations different from those you're fishing at (for instance, high or low tide for St. Pete Pier and you're fishing somewhere else) -- color me confused....
The center point of slack water defines high and low tide, doesn't it?
[edited to add, apparently it does not. See description here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slack_water -- I learned something today, so thanks! ]Misconceptions
Slack water is a much misused term, often used to describe a period of equilibrium between two opposing streams when the water is anything but slack, but highly stressed. Although there may be no flow in either direction there may be many eddies, and since this so-called slack water occurs before high water while the tide is still rising, the tide may continue to rise even after the direction of the stream has reversed. Conversely, since it occurs after low water while the tide is rising, the tide may also continue to rise during this so-called low water slack period. Such conditions typically occur at river mouths, or in straits open at both ends where their entrances have markedly different physical characteristics. Examples include The Rip between Point Nepean and Point Lonsdale at the entrance to Port Philip Bay, Victoria, Australia; the Menai Strait between Anglesey and Wales; or the Strait of Gibraltar at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea.
At first glance, this seems quite counter-intuitive, but very interesting nonetheless....
stpetebaitman wrote: »
A seemingly simply question made so complex that everyone is confused.
Here is my definition of slack tide: when there is no tidal movement