Figuring Out Tide Times

Paul Sperco tells us an hour or so before and a couple hours after high tide are preferred times for whiting and croaker.
To check out other early morning high tides see the attachment and move down the list for times that suit your needs. It lists high tide times for the remainder of the year between 6am and 6pm. The times are for Seminole Shores (St. Lucie Inlet) which is within a few minutes of that listed for Walton Rocks.
If you want to create your own tide table for any of lagoon or beach listings using NOAA data follow the instructions for the example below:
1. You will be downloading tide predictions so before you start make a new folder to store the data in. Tide Predictions would be a memorable name. Next go on the internet and follow the instructions below.

2. Open NOAA tide predictions for Florida

3. Scroll to Florida East Coast and stop and read
This is a very long list of tide prediction locations. The locations you are interested may not be available or go by another name. Look for another location nearby. Those for the ICW in our area are near the top of the list.

4. For this example scroll down to Seminole Shores (in our local papers this is the St. Lucie Inlet)
Ocean tide tables for Seminole Shores or Ft. Pierce inlet are further down the list. Keep looking until you find it and select it. If you can’t find it, open

5. The new screen, Prediction Tide Tables for SEMINOLE SHORES, FL (8722366), will display several choices for the data you want displayed.
Select the Year, 12 or 24 HR clock, Time Zone, ignore Threshold direction and value. The last selection is Format. The choices are PDF or Text. If you want to manipulate data chose TXT otherwise PDF.

6. Select Download and direct the file to the Tide Predictions folder you created previously.

The text file can be copied to an Excel spreadsheet or database where it can be sorted and formatted to your liking.


St. Lucie County Artificial Reef Program
For more info about the program, call
772-462-1713 or email [email protected]
For a detailed list of reefs including
GPS coordinates for fishing and/or diving, visit


Wave Height and Weather Information at Fort Pierce Inlet
National Data Buoy Center