Flats and fly fishing on the coastal waters of Southwest Florida.
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Ultra Low Tides Off Pine Island
Anytime you get a negative low tide and a strong north wind you'll find scenes like this all over Pine Island Sound and Matlacha Pass. This picture was taken right at low tide yesterday, which was a 0.0 in the Pass, and there is obviously a lot more water missing than the number would indicate. Two hour later, the flats basically looked the same despite the incoming water. This is a good reason to remember that a tide chart is actually just a "prediction" and the depths and times of water changes can vary widely, especially after a strong cold front like we just experienced. I run a very shallow drafting flats boat and we were still bumping the bottom yesterday in several spots that I've always crossed before with ease. You can be in for a long wait in you ground yourself hard enough this time of year so use caution out there.