I thought of the post I wrote not that long ago…the one about judging water clarity. I experienced some ridiculously clear water. I knew it was coming with the low river levels and calm winds, but I had no idea it would look this good! We were not that far into Breton Sound when I noticed that I could see fish more than a few feet below the surface in gin-clear water. I jumped out and swam around. I just had to! It was so cool to sit underwater and look up at my boat. I didn’t want to waste any time with it, as I had fish to find. So I took this quick video so I could share it with you. On OneofThePack’s scale this would be a perfect 7. Maybe I can get him to take a look at this and he can chime in?
This is in about 4 feet of water. Can you see the ripples on the sandy bottom?
Captain Devin diving for speckled trout in Lake Robin...okay, not really.
This is something that can be difficult for some to grasp, so hopefully I can “clear” things up and make your fishing trip more productive. The purpose of this blog post is not to teach you exactly what to look for. It will not give you any hard and fast rules. Rather it will give you a guideline. You can use this guideline to give you an idea where to start if you are not familiar with judging water clarity.
I wrote this article for the June edition of Marsh and Bayou Magazine.
Elvis survived the times. The common understanding of tides will not.
If you still look at tide charts in the back of the newspaper, then I suggest going to the museum and burying yourself with all the other dinosaur fossils. Perhaps you use tide charts online? Okay, you’re on the right track, but realize we live in the age of the Information Super Highway. There is so much more information readily available that you can see what the water is actually doing versus what it’s predicted to do. Jump-start your learning curve without spending time on the water. What am I talking about? Well, I am talking about real time data provided by the Shell Beach Buoy!