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Reading The Cape Cod Canal Tide Chart

Dave Anderson here you may remember me

as the sweaty guy in the surf casters

Journal video once in my canal back but

today I'm going to talk about the canal

tide chart and how to decipher it I'm

gonna make this really simple I don't

think there's too many secrets left with

timing you're fishing at the canal but

if you're new to it or if you just don't

feel like you have a full grasp on it

this should die in pretty quickly so the

basics of fishing at the canal that you

need to pay attention to win the current

changes not when the tide changes and

the reason why these current changes

don't coincide with high and low tide is

because the tides outside of the East

End and the West End are vastly

different both in timing and in height

so the East End tides the Cape Cod Bay

tides can reach heights of more than 10

feet while the tides in Buzzards Bay

seldom if ever reach five feet see

there's a major difference there a lot

more water is piling up outside the East

End than what's happening outside the

West End also the tide timings are

different so out in Buzzards Bay outside

the West End high tide is occurring

about two and a half hours on the

average before the hot side outside the

East End so you kind of picture how

they're sort of chasing each other and

the the sandwich tide the East End tide

is higher so you know they're sort of

following each other and the tides

running this way and then Buzzards Bay

reaches its height and starts to fall

but this one's still going up so now

this is increasing the speed because now

the water at this end is rushing to fill

the void left by the tide draining out

of the West End after a few hours the

tide in Buzzards Bay reaches low and

then starts to come back up this one's

still coming down and then they equalize

that's when the that period of slack

water happens

and that's also why you know as the the

difference between the two starts to

reduce the tide slows down so that's why

that period of time before the turn of

the tide can be so good for fishing one

it's easier to fish because this curve

doesn't move so quickly but also I think

it makes it easier for the fish to feed

so that is like the target period as a

canal fisherman so the column that

you're looking at on the tide chart

reads railroad bridge current turns east

and if you want to plan your trip so

that you have the best shot of getting

in on these epic blitzes then you want

the a.m. the morning current change the

morning east turn to occur within two to

three hours of sunrise historically this

is when these major blitzes happen these

tides occur around the moon the current

is the strongest the tides are the

highest than the lowest and the belief

is that these stronger times draw more

bait into the canal and the fishing just

erupts during these quote-unquote

breaking tides and that's really it the

only thing that I can add is that if you

look at the sandwich column and you you

know follow it across from the type that

you are eyeballing and you see that

there's another star next to the tide or

even better a double star these are -

times these are times when the time is

lower than the average low and these

double star tides single star tides they

tend to produce the best fishing of each

cycle of tides so if you're seeing that

then your chances are even higher than

they were just just hitting a breaking

tide and that's really it's it's super

easy you know you're gonna plan your

trip for when that Eastern occurs around

sunrise and if you see that double star

tide in the sandwich column all the

better so if you're traveling in from

wherever it makes it pretty easy which

is

find that tide on the chart and plan

your trip and you're gonna give yourself

the best shot at getting in on some of

these great hits it doesn't mean it's a

guarantee it's been a little harder to

predict over the last five years or so

but historically that's when you want to

be there good luck this year