The first thing when you get on any flat is to look for signs of fish. If you do not see your targeted species then look for other types of fish, like baitfish such as mullet, scaled sardines, threadfin herring, pinfish, grunts or creek chubs. If you don't see any bait fish, now look for crustaceans like crabs, shrimp, etc... Next, try and locate lush grass with some sand holes (potholes) mixed in. If you don't find much of that look for oyster bars or some other hard bottom. If this all fails come back on a different tide and see if you can locate all the above again. Usually on any given flat, there will be some game fish at one time or another.
Just about all our flats hold sport fish at one time or another depending on conditions, tides, baits, and more. Scout new flats - it will teach you a lot and add to your potential fishy spots. You can see the shallow (wading) area in this image. It's great on foot, paddling, or on a shallow power boat.
You just have to figure that time out by making several trips to that flat at different tides, times, moon phases and time of year. You can bet once you figure the pattern out for that particular flat your fish catching will be much more productive.
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