No, not brand new to the area, but i'm customizing a 15'4 Gheenoe, for flats fishing and i just can't remember seeing a lot of nice grassy flats nearby. I'm dropping in over on NAS. I definantly checked out the maps, saw some flats, but nothing really grassy. I appreciate the tips though.:usaflag
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I hope that this doesn't soon too snooty or arrogant, but you can pretty much find grass flats EVERYWHERE in this area.
Like others have said, look at google and bing maps. There are a LOT of sand flats, but there's grass around the edges and the bottom of basically our entire bay and sound system.
Now, accessing them from a Gheenoe is going to be tricky at times especially if you hit the grass flats around Portofino or somewhere like that b/c it can be a relatively long haul across the sound if it is choppy.
Personally, if I could launch at NAS Pensacola, I'd go around sand island then work the grass flats on the North side of the East end of Perdido Key (Johnson's Beach/Fort McRae); but, that's just me.
Another option is to head into the River systems - Blackwater and Escambia. Lots of creeks and grass there too.
Just be careful in that Gheenoe around here, they are kinda tippy!
Generally between P'Cola and Navarre the grass flats are on the north side of the sound and the sand flats are on the south. There are some of each on both sides, but I have found this to be mostly true. Hope that helps.