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Captain's Corner: Flats yield great fall fishing

Go shallow then deep: Cash in on the current great fall fishing by loading the well with frisky sardines and hitting the flats. Focus on the deeper troughs and potholes that surround area flats and bars. Even a pothole or cut with 6 inches of difference between it and the surrounding flat can make it a honey hole or highway for foraging gamefish. Broken bottom areas where grass, sand, oyster or rock meet are great. Sand holes of any size are often deeper than the surrounding grass and have been holding good numbers of trout and redfish. As the tides get low the same fish you are targeting on the bars and shallow flats will move into deeper cuts and nearby channels and stage there waiting for the tide to come back up.

Voice of experience: Leave enough time and tide to get out of very shallow areas, so you don't find yourself high and dry until the tide comes back up. Unfortunately, I am speaking from experience.

Matt Santiago can be reached at (813) 205-2327, and online at

Captain's Corner: Flats yield great fall fishing 10/22/12 [Last modified: Monday, October 22, 2012 9:30pm]
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