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Old 07-15-2014, 09:43 AM   #1
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I have been doing a lot of fishing on grass flats here lately with much success. One thing that I have noticed is my more plentiful, and larger quality bites have been on a falling tide; more precisely the later half of a falling tide when the water depth is at its minimalist.
I assumed that the bite on a shallow water area would be better when the tide is rising so that the fish would be able to feed without worry of being stuck on land when the water dropped, and also bc the tide coming in would funnel bait into the flat and the predatory fish could ambush the current flowing bait.
Anybody have an explanation on how the tide would affect the flat or tell me my thought process is just flat out wrong??
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I think it depends on where you are in relation to the point where the gulf enters the bay. I found that on incoming tides I do better when you fish the flats closer to the pass, outgoing tide I fish where bait is being swept from the bays. When the tides are flat-I go golf.
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You hit on it: predators follow baitfish. Find the baitfish (mullet, LY, bull minnows), you'll find the bite on the flats. Also ook for small variances in depth for ambush points (especially during low tide) - sandy pot holes, prop trenches, etc. Those act as good ambush points. I like to fan cast and cover a lot of water... once you find them, settle in for a bit.
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I think it depends on where you are in relation to the point where the gulf enters the bay. I found that on incoming tides I do better when you fish the flats closer to the pass, outgoing tide I fish where bait is being swept from the bays. When the tides are flat-I go golf.
Where I'm fishing there is an entrance to the gulf less than mile away from the flat. And the tide has been going out with the falling tide in this particular location.
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You hit on it: predators follow baitfish. Find the baitfish (mullet, LY, bull minnows), you'll find the bite on the flats. Also ook for small variances in depth for ambush points (especially during low tide) - sandy pot holes, prop trenches, etc. Those act as good ambush points. I like to fan cast and cover a lot of water... once you find them, settle in for a bit.
This particular flat is about 300 yards long x 60 yards wide with grass throughout the whole area and about 20 yards of the perimeter is 2-3 ft with the middle having holes that drop down in depths up to 6' in some holes.
I've graphed the whole area with down and side scan and found numerous pot holes with sandy, hard bottoms and prop trenches dug throughout the entire way.
Most luck seemed to be in the middle where the depth dropped into the aforementioned holes that had a hard bottom.
Bait fish located all throughout the grass.
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Sounds like you have a good area. Some days it will be on fire, some days you'll go home empty handed. I've found that really early mornings have been best so far this year
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What are prop trenches?
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What are prop trenches?
When people run too shallow and destroy the grass with the skeg/prop. It takes years to grow back.
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When people run too shallow and destroy the grass with the skeg/prop. It takes years to grow back.
If ever...

watching people run over flats makes me sick to my stomach...
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What are prop trenches?
look at google earth images and you'll see areas that look like tire tracks or paths in the shallows -- especially in areas going to a from boat docks that are shallow. Look closely at the Oriole Beach boat ramp area and you'll see.

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