Keep looking:Professional fishermen are most often separated from the occasional ones not only by the amount of time they spend fishing but, more important, the time they spend "looking." I often tell young enthusiasts they cannot spend all of their time fishing their proven holes. They must spend time looking if they want to take their passion to the next level. Looking leads to learning. Today's modern technology of satellite imagery offers a jump-start to finding likely areas. Often, the images reveal holes and deep swashes. Sometimes, they provide a bird's-eye view of an edge, bar or cut that discloses the travel paths and preferred habitat of fish.
Pro logic:Once potential habitats are located, the next step is investigating them in person. There is no better time to do this than during winter months, when the tides fall below mean water. Extremely low tides reveal even the slightest changes of depths that fish will follow. The tides also will expose key pieces of structure such as oyster bars that guard a creek's mouth and might not be visible at any other time of year. Noting the location via GPS or triangulation, a savvy angler will be able to return to places virtually concealed at other times of the year.
Robert McCue can be reached toll-free at 1-800-833-0489 and GiantTarpon.com.