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Captain's Corner: Negative tides affect redfish

Brian Caudill

Brian Caudill

What's hot: A full moon and high winds can create low negative tides. Many flats get exposed, forcing fish to seek deeper waters. Some even become stuck in shallow tidal pools. Redfish have been forced to stage around the base of oyster bars and seawalls during these low tides, seeking warmth and food in the dark bottom until the flats flood again. Crustaceans and small baitfish also must seek the refuge of troughs and ditches around exposed oyster bars, providing an easy meal for redfish.

Tips: During low tides, redfish are easily spooked, so move slowly with a trolling motor or push pole and cast ahead to the edges. Use 10-pound braided line with 20-pound leader to get a longer cast. Live shrimp thrown parallel then worked back slowly can attract redfish. But artificial shrimp and soft plastics cover more area without being picked apart by pinfish.

Brian Caudill fishes from Clearwater to Tarpon Springs. He can be reached at (727) 365-7560 and through his website at

Captain's Corner: Negative tides affect redfish 01/19/14 [Last modified: Sunday, January 19, 2014 7:28pm]
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