What tidelines look like on Google Earth

  • bryan rongstad says:

    How do you know which side of the tide line to fish? Do you fish the output side or the input side?
    Spot A water flow —> Spot B
    so fish spot B where the water is flowing to instead of Spot A where water is leaving?

    • Hey Bryan, this is a question I get a lot, and you’ll see it pop up in the comments from time to time.

      It’s a good question, and over the years I learned the best way to handle it is by answering with a question: why not fish both?

      What’s keeping you from fishing both?

      If you fish the way you’ll learn in this course, then you’ll know that you are getting in and getting out of each spot, moving with a purpose.

      Honestly, fish can be at either end of the tideline you described in your question because so many other variables are left out.

      So I am telling you that you should fish both.

      Tight lines!

  • LionOfJudah2517 says:

    Oh dang, this one is a game changer. Makes perfect sense about the tide pulling the bait out and where the fish might be sitting to wait for the bait.

    • Absolutely! This is key, especially during the shrimp migration during the fall and, to a lesser extent, the spring.

      Watch Fishing Trip Reviews from September and October and you’ll see what a player the big tidelines are.

  • Scott Temonia says:

    Devin, I see you moved the time slider back in time to view the tidelines. I also notice it’s harder to see them on current imagery. Do you have specific times/years that you look at to get the best view of them? Also, is it safe to assume that tidelines don’t stay the same? If so, what’s the best way to identify how they have changed using current imagery?

    • Yes, you are on the right track in that tidelines could appear differently on two different days, despite being under the same tide.

      This is due to how fast the water is moving, and even wind direction.

      The wind can blow in one direction in one place in Louisiana, and a completely different direction in another place that’s not far away.

      Windfinder.com provides a moving graphic for this, so you can get a better idea as to what’s going on across coastal Louisiana.

      Anyways, if wind is blowing in different directions across the state, this can affect water levels.

      However, I strongly advise anglers against obsessing over semantics when planning for a fishing trip.

      We are all guilty of it sooner or later, getting wrapped around the axle over something that ultimately isn’t that important.

      What’s important is launching the boat, casting a line, keeping fishing reports, etc…..you get it.

      To further answer your questions:

      No, I do not have specific dates, for the most part.

      As mentioned in the videos, October 29th, 2012 was the date after a massive cold front, revealing what those conditions and extreme falling water looks like.

      You can look up the conditions prior to and for a certain date in NOAA’s NDBC.

      I’m not too sure what you mean in your last question, all I can say is that a tideline formed by falling water levels is a tideline you want to try when the water is falling.

      Tidelines formed by rising water levels is a tideline you’d like to try when the water is rising.

      Let me know if that answers your questions.

      Here’s a screenshot of Windfinder’s map.

  • Paul Kuon says:

    How can you tell a tideline from a shallow area that causes disturbance in the water?

    • Paul, that’s an excellent question. You’re thinking!

      Sometimes you can see small waves cresting, if the satellite image is very clear, or even a change in water color.

      The best way to know is to go there and take a look.

      I know there’s a lot of great information here to help you plan, but it’s all useless if you don’t put your time in on the water.

      Also consider that shallow area may be a point that extends to deeper water, so backing off of it 50 to 100 yards may be productive.

      Ultimately you will need to go fish it!

  • Ernest Cannon says:

    Devin, I like to fish the surf from my boat around Elmer’s island during the summer. Can you give me any pointers of what to look for on google earth when trying to find spots to fish the surf. It kinda all looks the same to me and they’ve repaired the beach which removed the obvious spots to fish (the run outs). There is a lot of beach between GI and Fourchon so any tips would be appreciated. Thanks.

    • Hey Ernest, thanks for commenting.

      Wade fishing could be tough because you’re relegated to a single area.

      It’s even tougher when things don’t really stand out because the length of the beach is uniform.

      Just because that’s the case, doesn’t mean what’s inside this course doesn’t apply and we need to start looking for something else.

      Nope.

      You’re still looking for the Big Three and you’re still leaving unproductive water.

      I liked to wade fish Breton and Gosier Islands, and I would focus on the areas that had rafts of mullet, clean water and some amount of tide. If there was no tide, I’d go to the tip of the island, where water usually moves first.