November 5 2014

How Do Tide Changes Affect Fishing On Cape Cod?


Tide changes can have a dramatic impact on fishing. One must think that a tide change is quite the big deal, at least from a fish's perspective.

This week Rick McNeil left me a voice mail asking the question how do tide changes affect fishing? 

I do my best to provide an answer in this 5 minute mini-podcast.

Click here or on the player above to listen.

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Answering these questions is a lot of fun and I look forward to hearing from you!

Tight lines and take care,


smarter is better

About the author 

Ryan Collins

I'm fortunate to have grown up on the beach, and I've been fishing since kindergarten. I have great family, friends and fishing experiences to be thankful for. Just being out there is enough-catching fish is just a bonus!

  • Ryan…regarding the change of tides. Which tide was successful out in the water? I know how tides affect fishing in controlled areas such as the canal. But in your opinion, which tide is better…incoming or outgoing?

    • Hard to say Brian because it’s very dependent on the area, and even in the same area, the productive tide can change.

      One week it’s the incoming, the next week the outgoing is more productive. This happened all the time when I was on the water day after day, running charters several years ago.

      Seems like the fish would settle into a particular pattern for a period of time (like feeding on the incoming), usually for 3 days and then it would change.

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