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 Post subject: Tidal Coefficients
PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 11:47 pm 
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Probably most of us noticed that there were high ripping tides today (88 coefficient). Actually, the tides were much faster and higher yesterday (96 coefficient). At these coefficients, I found it extremely difficult to navigate through the narrows of the A1A bridge at Simpsons when going against the tide. Yes, even in a Hobie :oops:

Not sure if most of you check the tidal coefficients which will tell you not only how high the tides will be but also the strength of the flow of the tides. I often find that in checking this data, it gives me an indication of where to fish and where I wish to stay away from.

A great website which will give you not only the high/low tides but will also provide you with the tidal coefficients is http://www.tides4fishing.com/us/florida-east-coast Suggest you take a look at it in planning your future fishing trips.

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 Post subject: Re: Tidal Coefficients
PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:13 am 
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cool website. very informative


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 Post subject: Re: Tidal Coefficients
PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:08 am 
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Very good info thanks for sharing


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 Post subject: Re: Tidal Coefficients
PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:13 am 
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thanks-just made it my fav tide site-

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 Post subject: Re: Tidal Coefficients
PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:21 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Tidal Coefficients
PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:22 am 
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I use that site every time I go fishing. I even read about the coefficients but I was unaware it told you how fast the currents are. Could you explain a little? I appreciate it!

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 Post subject: Re: Tidal Coefficients
PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:17 pm 
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The higher the coefficient the faster the movement of water. You can go to your selected location and review past/future track records. It will also tell you if it is high/average/low. Think there is a detailed explaination somewhere on the website.

Here is what the website is tell me for the 2013 Classic at Sisters Creek!

The tidal coefficient will be 41, a low value, which means that the range (difference between high tide and low tide) will be lower than on other occasions and the currents will also be small. The tide heights will be 4.6 ft, 0.0 ft and 4.6 ft. We can compare these levels with the maximum high tide recorded in the tide tables for Sisters Creek which is of 5.9 ft and a minimum height of -1.3 ft.

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 Post subject: Re: Tidal Coefficients
PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 2:31 pm 
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The coefficient basically reflects the amplitude of the tide - how high is the high and how low is the low.

If you have a -.6 suck out low tide along with a 5.6 high tide their will be a large coefficient and a 'stronger' tide.

If you have a weaker tide say a 4.8 high with a .5 low you have a low coefficient.

You don't need the coefficient to recognize that when MORE water must move the tide will be stronger, and when less water moves the tide will be weaker. :smoke:

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 Post subject: Re: Tidal Coefficients
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site is great, but don't cancel fishing if the prediction is for a bad day-the fish don't read that and the 14 trout I caught today sure didn't :smoke:

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 Post subject: Re: Tidal Coefficients
PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:13 am 
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Ya gotta remember the basics of kayak fishing:

(1) Go whenever you can, regardless of wind, weather, temps, tides, and "tidal coeffcients".....

(2) TdsDad and KayakMike both summed that up....Go whenever you can and DO NOT overthink it!!

(3) I like and use several diffenent Tidal Websites....including the one in JKF above....and other sites like "saltwatertides.com" for other places in the USA..

(4) Just remember......Tide Charts are based on Historical Info, and they have NO idea what the winds and tides are for today...or for tomorrow.....and they DID NOT KNOW of the Nor'easter we had late last week when we had nearly a SEVEN FOOT tidal swing ....so disregard the "Old Farmers Almanac".......LOL!!!

Just go fishing and good luck......JohnYaksJax


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 Post subject: Re: Tidal Coefficients
PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:31 am 
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I appreciate the info.

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 Post subject: Re: Tidal Coefficients
PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:50 am 
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JohnYaksJax wrote:

(1) Go whenever you can, regardless of wind, weather, temps, tides, and "tidal coeffcients"..... ...JohnYaksJax


Really? Meet me at the launch for JJJ Flats and I know you will change your mind :D

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 Post subject: Re: Tidal Coefficients
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Jerry don't you have the Lowrance Mark 4? If so, you've got tides and currents on board!

If you move your cursor over the one of the boxed "T"'s on the chart screen, it'll show the "predicted" tide level and whether it's rising or falling (doesn't account for weather though). If you push the wpt button, will give you hourly details. The boxed "C"s will give you the same data for current including coefficients.

Won't do jack if your batteries dead though. :smoke:

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 Post subject: Re: Tidal Coefficients
PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 7:24 pm 
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Actually, my sealed battery started leaking today :cry: Company is replacing battery for no charge but it will be several days before I get.

No S**T... I want to check what you say out :salute: Maybe I was asleep at the wheel. I will wait to say thanks until I check out what your advised for me to do :smoke: :smoke:

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 Post subject: Re: Tidal Coefficients
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islandspeed2001 wrote:
No S**T... I want to check what you say out :salute: Maybe I was asleep at the wheel. I will wait to say thanks until I check out what your advised for me to do :smoke: :smoke:


I can wait. :smoke:

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