Flats Fishing 101: Finding Spots For Redfish, Trout, Snook & Flounder
By: Wyatt Parcel on May 1, 2020
Want to learn how to catch redfish, trout, snook, and flounder on the flats?
We’ve been getting tons of questions about flats fishing recently, including:
- what is a flat?
- how do you find flats on online maps?
- what does a good flat look like in Texas? or Florida? or in the Carolinas?
- where can you catch fish on the flats?
So we created this video to go through how to find flats step by step, and how to identify where the fish will most likely be on them.
To learn how to master catching fish on the flats, watch the video below.
How To Catch Fish On The Flats [VIDEO]
To make catching fish on the flats easier, we’ll break it down to three steps:
- How to find flats on online maps
- How to find fish on the flats
- How to catch fish on the flats
How To Find Flats On Online Maps
A flat is a shallow open body of water with muddy, sandy or grassy bottom.
They’re usually 1-5 feet deep.
You can see three different examples in the picture above of flats in Texas, Florida, and South Carolina.
In Texas and Florida, the darker colors on the flat are areas of seagrass, where the lighter colors are sand or muddy bottom.
In the Carolinas, you want to look for areas of open water that might have oyster bars or cuts and troughs running through it.
How To Find Fish On The Flats
They like structure because it gives them ambush points, as well as protection from bigger predators like dolphins.
There are two categories of structure:
- oyster bars
Topographical structure (depth changes)
You’ll most likely find fish in areas that have both types of structure.
For example, an oyster bar with a drop-off next to it.
Or seagrass next to a channel.
How To Catch Fish On The Flats
Now that you’ve found a flat, and you know where the fish are likely to be, it’s time to actually catch them.
Where exactly the fish are and what they’re feeding on will be largely influenced by things like weather, tide, current, season, and wind.
You can try to go catch fish armed with this information, but if you want to shortcut the whole process and want someone to tell you the exact types of spots they’re biting in, and what they’re feeding on, you can join us in the Insider Club.
Every Friday, we do a weekend gameplan where we’ll give you the current trends so you don’t have to figure them out yourself.
To find flats on online maps, look for large, open areas of water with sandy, muddy, or grassy bottom.
Predator fish will most likely be in areas with structure, so look for oyster bars, grass, and rocks, as well as potholes, troughs, and cuts.
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