The 10 Best Tide Watches for Fishermen
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.
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
- Sunrise/sunset times are essential for longer fishing sessions
- Do you like digital or analogue (dials and real hands) displays? Digital displays can can make it easier to read complex information like a week of tide data.
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Tide Watches From Casio
It is always worth checking out Casio's latest tide watches. The more exclusive models sell out quickly and are not always easy to find. The watch pictured above is from the Frogman series, launched June 2020, and is waterproof to depths of 200 meters. That is overkill for most fisherman and so is the price, at $800. But it is a fine watch to admire at any time and has every outdoors feature you can imagine.
An easier to find model, and far more reasonably priced at under twenty dollars is Casio Men's Fishing Timer (Model: WS-1200H-3AVCF). It is a bare bones fishing watch without a barometer to give warning of storms or a compass if you get lost. It does include moon phase data and is water resistant to 100 meters.
It uses predictive data, based on your location, tide and season to tell you when fish are most likely to be caught. It does not give you detailed tide graphs but might make a good gift for an enthusiastic young angler.
Feature Rich, Mid-priced Watches From Casio
Watches with tide data tend to be expensive but there are mid range choices, too.
Many people find the mixed analogue (actual hour and minute hands) confusing on these kinds of display but this model is big and the display well thought through.
If you want a completely digital display, check out the last of the Casio watches below. For analogue lovers, Nixon watches, further down the page, is a good choice.
Full Digital Display Watches
Casio, also provide fully digital display models like the newly released GBX100-2.
The display is crisp hi-definition and very readable.
Tide graphs, moon data, high tide and and sunrise and sunset times are easily accessible.
Nixon's Tide Watches
Nixon began making elegant dress watches with tide data, several years ago, primarily aimed at yachtsmen. You can still find examples of these older watches online, especially on sites like eBay.
In the last few years, the company has shifted focus and now caters to waterspouts enthusiasts of all kinds, especially surfers.
The most recent lines are more outdoor-orientated and resilient but with a determination to retain classic proportions.
Pictured is the popular . It displays tide graphs for 550 locations around the world as well as sunrise/sunset, wave counter and back-light,.The materials are excellent, however, with stainless steel body and hard crystal face. It can resist 10 atmospheres of pressure. Nixon Base Tide Pro
Timex Watch with Tough Leather Strap
- Tide information.
- Electronic compass.
- Temperature display.
- Declination adjustment scale.
- A robust stainless steel case.
- The tough leather strap won't shrink if it gets wet.
- It is water-resistant to 100 meters.
No Timex watch offers moon phase information, which is a pity.
Rip Curl's Tide Watches
Originally, all Rip Curl watches were made for surfers, but they were very tough and they told you everything you needed to know about the tides, making them a good option for fishermen.
The success of those early iconic surf watches has prompted the company to produce multiple designs, many of which are as suitable for fisherman, sailors and water sports enthusiasts as the original target audience.
For a younger fisherman, especially, these can make a great gift.
The Rip Curl Men's A1113 is a classic stainless steel watch and link bracelet with a Spring/Neap moon phase, tide dial and mineral crystal face.
Priced at around three hundred dollars, it is one of the more expensive watches on this page but tough materials and good build quality will mean a long life.
It is not designed for divers but offers high protection against water penetration to 100 meters.
Oceansearch Midnight Black
The Oceansearch Midnight Black watch from Rip Curl is a classic surfer design but could have been made with fishermen in mind. It delivers information 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.
It has a compass, countdown timer, stop watch and alarm on-board, as well.
Other designs are illustrated below.
Rip Curl Tide Watches for Women
The Maui Mini Tide Surf Watch is smaller (53 mm width) than most Rip Curl watches and fits a smaller wrist comfortably while delivering vital tide information.
It has tide charts for 500 locations worldwide available in graphical or detailed form.
It is available in mint (pictured above), black, slate and peach.
How to Use a Tide Watch
Other Rip Curl Watches for Women
The Aurora and Horizon lines from Rip Curl, illustrated below, do not have tide information on board but are waterproof and shockproof. For style conscious women, who like to spend time on or in the water, they are watches to be aware of.
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