The Current Deal

By Joe Sheaffer

SWFL is definitely under the grip of summer. We are trying to stay cool and the inshore fish are trying to do the same. Most anglers will get up early to fish and head back to the ramp before the heat is on. The fish will be shallow early and look for deeper water or hide under the mangroves to escape the warmer conditions. The tides tend to be higher this time of year and larger volumes of water can create good current swings. Current is always important for fish and this time of year it can really be the difference between a successful day or a tough fishing day. Ideally, we look to the change in the tides to dictate current and how we will fish certain areas. In some situations an incoming tide can be more productive and sometimes the outgoing tide seems to be better. There are times when the tide is slack and the wind creates a current flow. The current not only moves bait but it helps the fish position themselves along structure, so they can take advantage of the current as it moves forage their way. Current also helps increase the oxygen levels which is very beneficial for the fish.

Current definitely plays a major role in how I plan my fishing day. I prefer to fish into the current when possible but more importantly finding structure with current flowing on or around it is key for a successful day. Taking the time to plan your fishing trips around tidal movements can definitely give us anglers an advantage. Using this information along with online satellite maps to identify types of structure and weather forecasts can increase our odds for success. Stay cool and keep casting.