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Flats Fishing

Flats fishing also known as backcountry fishing, offers anglers the opportunity to catch a variety of game fish without spending a lot  of money. I’ve always enjoyed walking around in the shallow waters and doing some flats fishing until one day I was attacked by a sting ray. Lesson 1 is if you are going to do flats fishing this way be sure to learn the Stingray shuffle (or wear something on your feet) by simply kicking up sand occasionally as you walk around.   

Just as a guide would do if you were in a boat, you need to keep your eyes open and look for fish or bait fish when flats fishing. If you move quietly you can literally get right on top of the fish. Another advantage to wading around the shallows for flats fishing is you don’t have to anchor and you can use whatever wind there is to your advantage. Sometimes while flats fishing the fish may run close to the shore searching for food in the wash of the breakers so keep that in mind while making your casts and work your lure all the way to the rod. You may want to vary your retrieve until you have success and are aware of the speed you used for the fish you caught. If you are flats fishing at dusk or later you may want to start your retrieve’s slower. Tide and currents are important factors in flat fishing. If the time you have to go flats fishing is flexible, your best results may come when the tide is rising or on the way out so start your flat fishing as the tide is still coming in and continue for awhile after the tide is on its way out. Besides the tides if there is any structure in the water could very well hold fish and should justify several casts while flats fishing. If there is a drop off in the water, point from the shoreline, creek or river mouth, converging currents or a group of trees or rocks near the shoreline should also justify some casts while flats fishing. 

If you are seeking big game fish you may want to hire a professional guide for your flats fishing adventure. Some things to consider before you make your decision is the price, length of time, how many people can fish, his or her experience and is all tackle and bait provided? Normally when you charter a boat for flats fishing or any other charter type fishing, a fishing license is not required as it is held by the captain. If you want lunch or drinks that would be something normally you would have to bring. If you are seeking a specific type of game of game fish such as tarpon, you may want to do a little research as to the best locations and time of year to catch tarpon or whatever fish you want to catch while fishing the flats. Of course weather conditions and other factors influence patterns that fish follow so keep up on fishing reports where you plan on doing your flats fishing. If you are booking a flats fishing trip or any other charter fishing trip you would also want to know the cancellation procedure just in case something comes up and you can’t make the fishing trip. 

Flats fishing can be a lot of fun with or without a boat in many different areas for many different spices of fish. By observing your surroundings such as birds or baitfish in your area and making the best of it by having live bait and some good artificial lures should also make your flats fishing trip very rewarding.

Article By Bill Kopp

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