The Best Tides For Redfish, Snook, And Speckled Trout [Flats, Bays, & Creeks]

Do you want to know the absolute best tides for redfish, snook, and trout are for the flats, bays, and creeks?

If yes, this video tutorial below will show you the #1 factor to keep in mind when planning your next inshore fishing trip.

Plus, you’ll learn about the two most common mistakes anglers make that significantly decreases their odds of success when it comes to fishing the different tides.

And as you’ll see towards the end of the video, there are some tactics that can be used to catch inshore slams (redfish, trout, snook, flounder) even when fishing “bad” stages of the tide cycle.

The red section of this tide graph is technically a bad time to fish as you’ll see in the video below.

But even during those “bad” tidal stages, you can still have some great fish catching if you know how to roll together all of the various factors and put yourself at the right spot for the given conditions.

In fact, you’ll see a good slam (redfish, snook, and trout) caught during the exact tide period shown above in the tide tutorial video below.

Please watch the entire video on reading tide charts and don’t hesitate to ask me any questions in the comment area below.

Click the play button below now.

Best Tides For Redfish, Snook, & Trout (VIDEO)

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Were you shocked by the answer for the best tide?

We’d be doing you a disservice if we said tides weren’t critical.

In fact, it is essential for all saltwater anglers to know how to effectively read a tide chart because tidal cycles play such a big role in the feeding activity of redfish, snook, and trout.

However… make sure to not just focus on the tide height because the current is an EXTREMELY important factor to consider.

In order to get consistently good at catching quality inshore fish (redfish, trout, snook, flounder, etc.), you’ll have to get good at predicting where the top feeding zones will be based on multiple important factors such as:

  • Tides/Currents
  • Season
  • Wind direction/speed
  • Water temperature
  • Cloud cover
  • Water clarity

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Ray Markham
1 month ago

The tide chart is a good place to start since these are the “predicted” levels according to astronomical data. I always used these and NOAA used to have several graphs overlapped together that I took data from for almost 30 years and about 6 or 8 years ago NOAA underwent some major changes online that made putting all the information together much more difficult. The other charts included wind speed and direction, water and air temperature, barometric pressure, tide levels, and direction (incoming or outgoing). When all of those were combined onto one chart you can see how each factor plays in with the others. There are direct correlations between barometric pressure, wind direction and velocity, and tide levels. There are direct correlations between cloud cover, atmospheric pressure, wind direction, and velocity. I found that out when I used to race sailboats. You can do an entire school on predicting tides, weather, etc. In the heat of summer and cold of winter, one of the most instruments on my boat reads the water temperature. Oxygen levels are another subject but most often affects fishing during the summer months. This was a good start, Luke. Keep it up.

Betty Rainge
1 month ago

This was so encouraging, that any time of day there is a fish to be caught. Good Vid.

george murray
4 months ago

How do I get Current sea surface temps

J Long
4 months ago
Reply to  george murray

Hey George, great question. I’d love to find an app or more granular web site for this data. For a broad overview, I use NOAA’s Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Contour Charts. If anyone knows a good app or web site, I’d be grateful for the pointer.

Ray Markham
1 month ago
Reply to  J Long

For offshore water temps and currents, ROFFS is probably one of the best. On Instagram roffsfishing. It offers a host of hydrological data..

Ray Markham
1 month ago
Reply to  george murray

I don’t know where you live, but in the Tampa Bay area, you can call PORTS (Physical Oceanographic Real Time System) for information at 866-827-6787. Another useful tool is NOAA’s Tampa Bay Weather phone number. 813-645-2506. These are recorded messages with prompts for different data.

G Brown
8 months ago

How far inland will redfish/trout regularly go in the Suwannee River?

Andrew Garrison
1 month ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

It’s answers like this that make me really appreciate this club 🙂 Now I have a good visual indicator I can track to know if I’ve gone to far upriver no matter where I am. Thank you!

Ray Markham
1 month ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Good advice, Luke. Trout will travel well up into freshwater during extreme cold, even though they are very cold tolerant. We had a cabin on the Chassahowitzka River from the late ’40s through the early ’70s and trout would come several miles up the river toward the headwaters and springs. In the spring, they would go back out to the edges of the Gulf.

A Rollins
9 months ago

Now, if only the tide tables were accurate…Lol

Ray Markham
1 month ago
Reply to  A Rollins

The tide tables are only a prediction based on astronomical data. There are many other factors that affect the tides that will make you think the tables are incorrect. These predictions are sometimes done years in advance.

Rob Emmerson
10 months ago

With current being the most important factor. Does that apply on the beach as well? Often when it is rough, there can be a pretty substantial cross current. Water is churned up but moving. I have not had much luck, but have managed to catch everything in my cast net from Drum to Sheep’s Head and a Mullet or two.

John Coggins
10 months ago

The video does not play

1 year ago

Is there a good apps that I can download to get more information?

Bruce Macewen
1 year ago

I can not play your video. It’s happened before

Bruce Macewen
1 year ago
Reply to  Bruce Macewen

I rebooted my phone it works now… thanks for the great tide info

Eric Glenn
1 year ago

By just looking at the Tidal charts how do I know what incoming tide and whats out goin tide ?


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