Flood Tide Tips To Catch Tons Of Redfish (Lures & Tactics)
Flood tides are hard to come by but when they happen it makes for a unique fishing experience.
Coastal marsh creeks and mudflats provide structure and holes for big fish to hold in and ambush baitfish.
How do you target big redfish in a flooded marsh environment?
Check out how below!!
Flood Tide Tips To Catch Tons Of Redfish [VIDEO]
A flood tide does not happen very often and only happens when there is a massive tide swing where the water floods into marsh creeks.
Certain areas have different heights and parameters for creating a flood tide depending on varying conditions.
The key is finding that sweet spot in the tide that gives you the perfect conditions for finding big fish in the grass.
Fishing right off of high tide and aligning yourself with the wind will put you in the best position to hook up with fish.
The idea behind moving into the marshes to fish after high tide is because the redfish are already in the flooded marsh looking for a meal.
As you approach the marshes and grassy ledges, cast your lure onto the edges of the grass and see if you can pick off any fish waiting to ambush bait.
The little coves and pockets of the flood tide will have moving water and most likely fish.
Fish will be staged in the current waiting for bait to swim by them.
If you move to points or areas with flowing current, you can find fish there waiting for bait to swim into their mouths.
By working your lure along the bottom, you can induce strikes from trout or redfish sitting at the bottom.
The depth off of the grass ledges in marshes can drop from 3-4 feet to up to 10-15 feet.
This structure provides areas for fish to hold and ambush prey.
Positioning On The Flats
Using the high water to get up on the flats can also get you in prime position to find bigger fish.
Depending on where you are in relation to the flat and wind direction is where you should aim to set up.
When there is a lot of water, the fish can be a bit harder to find.
If that is the case, letting the tide go out a little more can reveal where the fish are.
Fish can be digging in the mud for crabs and shrimp or tailing in shallow water.
Pinching the tail off of a paddletail lure can create a profile very similar to the small bait the fish are feeding on.
Further, it makes it easier to constantly cast in and out of the grass.
You will get snagged less using a weedless setup and the “nub” rig with any paddletail without the tail.
Flood tides are rare and can create opportunities to hone in on big fish digging around in the mud in coastal marshes.
It is important to have knowledge of the area as well as different spots of interest fish may be holding.
Look for current and different depths for big fish waiting to ambush prey.
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