slack water

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a stretch of water without current or movement

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the occurrence of relatively still water at the turn of the (low) tide

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Slack water had come, and, as the ebb was commencing, there was need for hurry if we cared to escape waiting half a day for the next tide.
Thus, like the tides on which it had been borne to the knowledge of men, the Harmon Murder--as it came to be popularly called--went up and down, and ebbed and flowed, now in the town, now in the country, now among palaces, now among hovels, now among lords and ladies and gentlefolks, now among labourers and hammerers and ballast-heavers, until at last, after a long interval of slack water it got out to sea and drifted away.
Today, however, they would be limited by circumstance to fishing the slack waters of the reservoir near the mouth of Hills Creek.
RIVER DANE: Most likely to be heavily coloured following this week's rain, but the Dane has plenty of feature and sections of slack waters, which means there will be fish to be caught.