The effect of Tides on angling

The effect of Tides on angling

Postby hank » Mon Aug 03, 2015 11:41 am

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The rivers and many of the Broads themselves are tidal. This is because the very gentle slope of the rivers in the region allows the tide to penetrate far inland. All the rivers flow into the sea at Great Yarmouth. Anyone whostands on one of the Great Yarmouth bridges will see how fast the flow can be.
There are two high tides and two low tides each day and the time of the high tides progresses just under 1 hour each day.
The further down river you travel towards Great Yarmouth the stronger the flow will become Legering generally takes over as the only viable method of fishing in the lower reaches. Tide tables indicating high & low water at various points around broadland can be found at along with local newspapers regularly printing tables. For a general guide the high tide at Loddon Bridge is roughly similar to Horning and Beccles
There are variations in the strength of tidal flow from one week to another. A variety of influences cause this and anglers need to be aware of them. Many anglers are aware of the changes caused by spring tides, after the new and full moon. However there are other influences at work that the angler also needs to know about. Sustained periods of north-westerly winds lead to higher tides in the Broads. These are increasingly associated with invasions of salt water up the Broads rivers.
They occur mainly in autumn and winter but are not unknown in the summer. In autumn the effects on the fish population are profound The fish flee from the salt water in the lower reaches making some areas completely devoid of fish
by the time November arrives. Any angler visiting the area in late autumn and winter would be advised to avoid these lower reaches. Examples are: anywhere downstream of St Benets on the Bure, downstream of Potter Heigham on the Thurne downstream of Brundall on the Yare and downstream of Burgh St Peter on the Waveney. For pike anglers visiting in winter these distributions of prey fish should be kept in mind. It should be noted that pike are very vulnerable to salt.
saltwater makes its progress upstream along the riverbed Therefore the degree of saltiness will be higher at the bottom of the river. What may appear to be a salt free river can be too salty for the fish.
There is also a period of still or slack water as the tide turns during this time bites will stop for a while. It offers the angler the chance to accurately rebait the swim without the worry of a strong flow making ground baiting somewhat hit or miss.
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