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Surman takes this thought a step farther by noting that active "reaction" baits will be most effective when the tide's moving hard, while switching to flipping, pitching and dragging stuff is the better call during slow to slack water.
Glyn says that in the mid-afternoon, over slack water, something hit his bait like a rocket and put up a good fight all the way to the surface.
Sutton Coldfield angler Barry Finch lost a huge, unseen fish early on in the session but put that right when the personal best barbel took a liking to his 11mm SonuBait Halihooker pellet presented in an area of slack water close to the far bank on a size 14 hook and 8lb line.
In all these locations diving has to take near the coast or at slack water due to the strong tide runs that occur away from the coast.
Skipper Graham told me the best of the catches were from the hard ground at slack water, with rag, lug, mussel and white shads all working well.
We supplement that with six-dozen goose floaters in the slack water.
Most fish are caught during slack water, when tuna are most active.
While this is no time to be anywhere near in a dinghy, an hour or so either side of slack water is the ideal time to go exploring.
The timing has to be spot on with the tidal flow so you enter the water at just the right time to take advantage of the slack water.
Imagine a fish battling up white water and slipping into the relative haven of a long pool with a central current running through it and slack water on either side.
A pair of Indians working a drift net from a fiberglass skiff near White Salmon brings to mind the precarious fishing scaffolds at Cecilo Falls, long ago flooded by the slack water behind The Dalles Dam.
For example, low slack water occurred more than >1 h before sunset on 2 dates when patches of megalopae were observed in the water column.
Since tidal current and river flow are always present, there is no appreciable slack water in the Reversing Falls section.
Look for the seams between slack water and the faster currents.
Shortly after World War II, most of the river's natural character was altered by dams and channels to create a deep, rock-lined barge canal and a series of slack water reservoirs.