Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Cold Fronts And Low Tides

One thing to keep in mind this time of year is that our water can get insanely shallow.  Negative low tides are normal all winter and when a cold front drops down on us, as one did on Sunday, acres of flats can become bone dry for much of the day.  Matlacha Pass is a rather narrow body of water and a strong north wind has the same effect on it as blowing water out of a straw.  The photo above was taken at high tide yesterday before I picked up my charter.  When I saw all of those crab traps sticking up I knew we had our work cut out for us.  Keep in mind that tide charts are nothing more than predictions for certain geographic points.  They're usually very accurate but weather will affect them greatly.  If you're just learning the waters around Pine Island, be aware that cold fronts usually mean a lot less water than the tide chart will indicate.