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More Tide Changes.

If only we could look ahead to see what newly elected officials will do about vital issues. Lotta promises about cleaning up the waters, from both parties. Let's hope they keep them.

One thing we can look ahead to see are the tides for 2019. Right now, at, you can begin planning your upcoming year of fishing.

The reason we can look ahead is because the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) calculates and publishes tide predictions for different stations around the state. There are corrections, or adjustments, we can use for the "primary" stations, to find tide times, plus or minus, for fishy locations like downtown Jacksonville, Destin Pass, Boca Grande and more.

The reason our Florida Sportsman tides (which are based on NOAA predictions) look the way they do, with the wavy graphs and fish icons, is so you can do what we do when we plan our trips:

We don't necessarily pick a day and then look at the tides, as you'd do on an app of some sort. We pick the tides and then look at the day. Want a midday riser to sight-fish under bright February sun? Check. Late evening falling tide for tarpon in June? Check. We still think the visual display is useful, and you, the reader, keep asking us to compose these tables. So, we're doing it. Current month's tides are in each print issue, too [see page 76], On top of that, we've calculated moon rise, set, over and under times for every day of the year--the "Prime-Timer," for some outdoorsmen.

Maybe it's TMI, but we'd like to add that for 2019, we've updated those small-print tide corrections, with help from NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services. We're also switching over from the St. Marks "primary" station to the newer Cedar Key station, to best calculate tides for Florida's Big Bend and Everglades regions.

It's all part of our commitment to deliver vital content, in print and online, that helps you make the most of your time on the waters.

Jeff Weakley


Caption: Tide gauge at Cedar Key, one of several primary sources which NOAA uses to measure and! predict tides.

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Title Annotation:FROM THE EDITOR
Author:Weakley, Jeff
Publication:Florida Sportsman
Date:Nov 1, 2018
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