Can you help me improve my flats fishing
Can you help me improve my productivity when I am fishing my local saltwater flats?
We know the area called Cypress Point. There is a park there.
I would change areas often, not because Cypress Point flats are void of big fish, but because of the tidal flow during the moon phases there. They are different week in and week out. You should make note of the date, times and tides that you are doing well in that area. You can pattern fish many times based on the tide in certain areas. That is why scouting areas (even close ones) can often improve your overall results.
There are several holes on those flats; you have to be careful wading there and make sure you keep your eyes open. Fishing there when the water is really clear during the winter is a bit more productive too. That said, the edges where the deep water meet the shallow water have been known to produce, and there are flounder in that sand.
Tides and their effect on (any) flats
If you caught your quality redfish and trout during the week of a new moon on the strong incoming tide, then I would go back to that area on the next new moon. Again on the strong incoming tide. Sometimes that is the big key. But there are other factors that move fish, like water temperature, oxygen content, abundance of forage, type of forage and sometimes pressure from people, boats, jet skis.
The lures you use during certain times makes a difference. A fishing log helps immensely to pattern fish and just when you figure them out, something changes and you start again. If you log all the time, it won't be long before you have many different areas to fish with good results 75% of the time.
We all win some and lose some, that is what keeps all anglers coming back. Another note, Cypress is a great place for snook and I am surprised you have not caught a few.
Captain David M Rieumont
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