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    Default Visibility and Tides

    From my limited experience I've noticed that diving on an incoming tide seems to provide better visibility than the outgoing tide. Is this common or am I just seeing this by happenstance? Didn't really pay too much attention to it util I started taking my GoPro down with me. I guess it could be "where" I'm diving (Keaton Beach-Steinhatchee area), but I really don't know. It seems the snotty crap comes along with the outgoing tide and even on rough days we have ten more feet of visibility on the incoming tide. Am I reading too much into it and it is just coincidence or am I right?


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    Tides do affect visibility, esp near shore where the changing tide stirs up sediment. I wouldn't expect it to be much of a factor offshore. I think composition of the the bottom (ie sand, silt) and depth and strength of the tide. As the tide goes out all the particulate matter is flushed out and as the tide comes in it brings in fresher cleaner water, depending strength of tide. etc
    I think your observations are valid.

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    Thanks. The whole area out there gets snotty when the current is strong. Now I wonder what the cooler water will do.for the rest of the year. Can't say I've dove past September yet. Till now...


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    During warmer months algae tends to grow, results vary from decreased visibility to stringy whale snot. As water cools algae blooms die off and visibility will improve. Diving in the winter is love/hate, conditions can be really good but its cold, sometimes really cold. If the bottom is naturally silty, any tidal change, current, fish, diver can muck it up good and proper

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    Now if we could just convince our wonderful fishery management to reopen red grouper... Pipe dream!!!


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    OK wild bill, this is Jim Bo

    You are correct, incoming tide is better. Also some inlets , Boca Grand for example, if one goes above the current like north of the inlet you will find the water more clear than south of the inlet. These inlets have large rivers with lots of swamp water, ( Coffee color) coming out. Then out , like 30 miles the thermo might be there and vis is stinko no mater what the tide. This year I have noticed more current that usual out in the 80 to 100 foot levels.

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