I finally took the time to research the halibut tides for this past season.
This being only our second year running a nearshore saltwater boat, we managed approximately 2/3 better harvest (than year one) resulting in plenty of quality fillets for both family and friend.
I attribute this success in part to information gleaned from AOD forum members.
One thing I hadn't realized ~ whether out at Monte or close in near Eshamy we had our best hauls very near LOW tide!
I'd often heard [and therefore primarily fished the "flood"] to focus efforts prior to and just after high tide...
The (time-stamped) photos hold the key to my research.
Looking at the tides I've come to the realization we had our two most consistent halibut hauls of the year within 11 and 29 minutes just past low tide. These were not large tides but 3.5 swing [water transitioning off from high to low tides] and 8.2 respectfully. I've read somewhere on this forum the "mean" tide for PWS is 10 feet. I not sure if mean [expect this is the average high tide] is different than "swing" from high to low...
I'd like to say here that we are "typical" bait fisherpersons using herring and tipped with octopus [secures bait and the bottom fish seem to like it] caught in shrimp pots.