The 10 Best Tide Watches for Fishermen

Some Tide Watches
Some Tide Watches

Why are Tides so Important?

If you are planning a fishing trip in any coastal area, the single biggest consideration must be the tidal cycle.

Tides effect not just where you can fish but where the best fishing will be.

An incoming tide brings in small bait fish that are looking for food among rocks, under piers or out in the grass flats around rivers.

The bigger fish (the kind we all love, like striped bass) follow them but typically wait for the outgoing tide to hunt. The falling tide forces the bait fish seaward and often concentrates them in river mouths or tidal pools. This is the time for great catches.

Every coast is different but paying attention to the state of the tide when you get the best results will reward you in the long run.

You can check tides online, of course, but when you are out fishing, nothing beats a good tide watch.

If you are fishing offshore, forewarning of a falling tide can save you the embarrassment of getting stuck on a sandbar, or losing a prop to rocks.

Tide cycles, sunrise and sunset, moon phases all impact on fishing success.
Tide cycles, sunrise and sunset, moon phases all impact on fishing success.

How do You Choose the Best Watch?

A watch that just gives tidal information will be good enough for many people.

A few extra refinements can be very helpful, though.

  • A digital compass in your watch can help with getting about and telling you which direction the weather is coming from.
  • Moon phase information can be important. Most fish respond to both the sun and moon, timing their feeding around the rising and setting of these two bodies.
  • Atmospheric pressure data provides early warning of storms

These Watches make Great Gifts, too.

Get one engraved and you will never be forgotten by the fisherman (or woman) in your life.

Solar Powered Sea Pathfinder from Casio

Casio's Solar powered Tide Watch
Casio's Solar powered Tide Watch

This is many peoples number one choice for features. It is a big watch and very easy to read. You need to play around with it for a while before you discover all the useful information that it can deliver but that is part of the fun.

Here is what it has onboard:

  • Tide data with graph
  • Digital Compass
  • Barometer with atmospheric pressure tendency graph.
  • Thermometer in Fahrenheit or Centigrade
  • Moon data (moon age and graph)
  • Low-temperature resistance
  • Back light with afterglow
  • Easy to read Duplex, LCD Display
  • 5 Daily alarms (more than most people need but maybe you will need it one day)
  • A battery Life of around 2 years
  • 300 feet (100 Meters) water resistance

The solar power feature means that you should never need a new battery.

The downside? This watch is expensive...

Nixon's Tide Watches

A fine quality watch from Nixon.
A fine quality watch from Nixon.
Nixon colors
Nixon colors

Nixon are a top maker of all kinds of watch. They have a number of watches, for seafarers, fishermen and water-sports enthusiasts. The most successful is pictured above.

The tide display is a simple low/high sub-dial with few features besides this. There is no back-light, alarm, or even, a second hand. The materials are excellent, however, with stainless steel body and hard crystal face. It is water resistant to nearly a 1000 feet.

This is certainly one of the the most stylish watches on this page if all that you want is the simplest tide data.

Pro Trek
Pro Trek

Casio ProTrek with Tide and Moon Data

This new watch from Casio has so many features that I have just picked out a few of the most important ones. It must be one of the most complete watches for anyone who enjoys spending time outdoors and is aimed more at hikers and climbers perhaps than fishermen.

  • Tide graph for the day.
  • Moon data.
  • Compass.
  • Solar power (on a full charge the watch will work for several months without light).
  • Altimeter.
  • Radio time signals keeps the time displayed absolutely correct.
  • Barometer (with graphs indicating rising or falling pressure).
  • Thermometer.

A good value tide watch from Timex.
A good value tide watch from Timex.

Timex Men's Tide Watch with tough Leather Strap

Timex are well beyond the 'cheap and not so reliable' tag acquired a decade ago. The company is one of the biggest brands in watches and offer some quality and affordable products.

The T45601 model, pictured right, has:

  • Tide information.
  • Electronic compass.
  • Temperature display.
  • Declination adjustment scale.
  • A robust stainless steel case.
  • The tough leather strap that won't shrink if it gets wet.
  • Night-light.
  • It is water-resistant to 100 meters.

No Timex watch offers moon phase information, which is a pity.

Timex Men's Expedition Watch

This would be one of my personal choices for a triple sensor watch. It has an indigo back-light which looks great and more importantly, makes it easy to read in any conditions.

The compass needs some calibration when it first comes, so you need to read that instruction leaflet. After that it is a breeze. The buttons around the face are an easy and quick way to call up the function that you need.

It offers:

  • A Tide tracker
  • A Temperature Sensor- this can be used to get water temperature as well as air.
  • An Electronic compass
  • Declination adjustment scale
  • Stainless steel case
  • INDIGLO night-light
  • Silicone water-resistant strap
  • Water-resistant 100m

The inexpensive Gulfman
The inexpensive Gulfman

Casio Men's Gulfman Tide and Moon Watch

All of the watches on this page will stand up to being dropped a few times. This is one, you could drop, stand on and let the kids play with (maybe not for too long!).

The stainless case is protected by tough, thick shock-absorbing resin. If you knock it against a rock, the face and controls are well shielded from damage. In other words it is designed specially for the roughest outdoor life.

It also has the following features:

  • moon data and tide graph
  • 29 time zones
  • three multi-function alarms,
  • a countdown timer and stopwatch
  • Water resistant to 660 feet (200 meters).

Casio Men's G9100-1 G-Shock Gulfman Tide and Moon Watch
Casio Men's G9100-1 G-Shock Gulfman Tide and Moon Watch

Great value at under one hundred dollars...


Rip Curl Tide Watches- Will a Fisherman Wear One of These?

OK, these are made for surfers, but what the heck. They are very tough and they will tell you everything you need to know about the tides.

No one is pretending they are not expensive but you will stand out for style even on the best marlin boat in Cabo!

For a younger fisherman these can make a great gift.

Rip Curl Midnight Black
Rip Curl Midnight Black

Rip Curl Oceansearch Midnight Black

This watch from Rip Curl could have been made with fishermen in mind. It delivers info on moon phases, tide times and local water height at two hundred beaches worldwide.

The tough construction is designed to withstand a surfer's routine submergence in sea water as well as the physical shocks any sports watch encounters.

Fishermen can benefit from Rip Curls expertise in this area and have a reasonably priced, stylish watch at the same time.

It has a compass, a countdown timer, a stop watch and an alarm on-board as well.

Vestal Men's Brig Tide and Train Surf Watch

This is another tide watch designed primary with surfers in mind but it is a capable watch for fisher folk too.

It has very similar specifications as the Rip Curl above with time and tide info, alarm and compass.

Colors include grey/black and white, as well as the blue, pictured above.

You can sometimes see one of these watches for under a hundred dollars online, if you search around.

Why Do You Want a Tide Watch?

  • For fishing
  • For surfing
  • Spend a lot of time in boats
  • As a gift for someone who surfs
  • As a gift for someone who fishes
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Comments 10 comments

Paulie 11 months ago

What about Bausele? they make really nice watches that tell tides.

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FullOfLoveSites 3 years ago from United States

Really interesting info.. It's like one complete gadget for every fisherman. Even they tell about the moon phase! It's amazing. It looks like I want to go to the coast and risk myself fishing under the moonlight because of these great watches. :)

jim bradley 4 years ago

Re the Rip Curl Ocean Search model- I fish and surf regularly - I have had 2, the first broke down 3 times in the first 18 months - returned each time after being 'factory repaired' - replaced with a new one 9 months ago only to have the compass (as with the first) go kaput within days. Aesthetically pleasing, comfortable but only 3/5 for reliability and service. And yes, the compass is (would be!) very handy on cloudy days when estuary fishing with multiple twists in the river and tributaries.

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southwesthooker 4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

The Casio Sea Pathfinder pictured above(SPF401V) is one tough watch! I've been using mine for 6 years already. Still using it and I never go out to sea without it.

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MarleneWheeler 4 years ago

This Is Perfect! I was shopping for a new fisherman's watch, talk about timing. It's Bookmarked. Thanks

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Will Apse 4 years ago Author

Lol.I've never heard of that before. Am I right in guessing are a big, strong guy, Anton!

Anton 4 years ago

i had one of the timex expedition watches in black with the metal strap, awesome watch once you got used to all the gadgets on it, but the outer casing that holds the strap on completely snapped off when i clapped my hands to congratulate someone!!!????

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sportgames 4 years ago from Ashter Street 14, New Yok

These are all good watches, but for me fishing is more than a watch. I don't need it to tell me the tide and all that stuff, I can manage by my own, I don't even want to know the time.

I am looking to have a good time fishing and relax.

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Joe Macho 5 years ago from Colorado

This would be a great review if only I had a coast to live by. I really liked the information presented, and didn't even know that there was such a thing as tide watches. I can definitely see how useful they could be as I too follow the patterns of the moon and atmospheric pressure for fishing. Thanks for the hub. Voted up and useful.

wayne 5 years ago

ta very useful info.

Are any of the compasses affected by magnets, such a mag switch on a sea kayak,please?

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