This picture was taken 24 minutes before low tide, and 41 minutes before the Giants-Falcons playoff game. With the full moon and wind from the W, low water like this is common. I watched as the gulls picked whiteleggers off the end of the groins up and down the beaches as the tide ebbed.
I also like coming out at this time because it's a great time to scout beach structure and water movement. I, and I think most would agree, get into a comfort zone and fish the same places over and over again. How many of us move down to the next set of groins usually where the angler pressure is less? I have spent this fall, and winter, working "new" water and have enjoyed it and meeting new regulars at those spots.