How To Fish Shallow Backwater Creeks [Real Time Example from St. Petersburg, FL]
By: Luke Simonds on January 28, 2019
Fishing Shallow Backwater Creeks
One of my favorite ways to target redfish, snook, and seatrout is by fishing shallow backwater creeks during the winter months via kayak or paddle board.
This type of fishing is what I believe is the perfect combination of an exploration adventure and fishing fun because many of these creeks have very little human contact so you just never know what animals you’ll see out there.
I’ve come across hogs wading out in the water, an endless variety of birds, and all sorts of marine wildlife.
Best of all, the fishing can be surprisingly good in many of these backwater creeks too.
Even in creeks that get super narrow like this:
But even on the creeks without much fish, the adventure aspect of the trip takes the lead in ensuring that the trip is still a fun time.
Here’s one such trip that was an absolute blast even though the creek system that I was exploring did not hold many fish and I faced a series of navigational setbacks.
Note: At the end, I’ll explain 3 important things you need to do if you plan to fish shallow backwater creeks.
Creek Fishing Report From St. Petersburg, FL
Equipment Used This Trip
Here’s a list of the equipment that I was using this trip in case interested:
- Paddle Board: 12 ft L2Fish
- Rod: 7’6″ TFO Pro Medium
- Reel: Daiwa Fuego LT 3000
- Line: 10 lb PowerPro
- Leader: 20 lb Ande Mono
- Lure: DOA CAL Shad
- Hook: Owner TwistLock
Fishing shallow backwater creeks via kayak or paddle board can be an absolute blast.
But you must make sure to take proper precautions when going on these types of trips because there is an added element of danger given that you’re going off the beaten path into areas where there is little outside help in case something goes wrong.
Be sure to take the following safety precautions above just having the typical safety equipment:
- Tell family members and friends where you will be going and how long you plan to be there
- Bring a fully charged cell phone and keep it protected from water exposure
- Spend time in the pre-trip planning phase to make sure you know the routes and print out maps for any complex creek systems
Note: If you’re new to kayaking or paddle boarding, I do not recommend going on these types of trips… get plenty of practice in more open areas before pushing back into any remote creek systems.
Here are links to some other fun creek and hidden lake trips in case you’d like to see more:
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