Once a very avid freshwater bass fisherman, I often related largemouth bass migrations with creek channels, deep sloughs and ledges. Now that I am a die-hard saltwater fisherman, I have found that this same freshwater bass fishing tactic also works with saltwater red fish.
In fact, I have taken this theory a step further by identifying these deep sloughs, or channels, with my Humminbird fish finder. Then I look for the shallow water structure nearby where red fish will more than likely be found.
Just like schools of freshwater bass, red fish will often use these deep-water exits to reside during passing fronts. Or they may use these to simply migrate from backwater to estuaries into the sounds and finally, the ocean when they become adults.
Some of these better red fish flats will have a hard sand, or shell bottom. Or there could be numerous shell beds, feeder creek mouths, points, jetties or even grass flats. And just like largemouth bass, red fish will often relate to an ambush point when feeding on these fishy flats.
Also, remember that the moving tides will often bring forge foods past these ambush points, so currents are very important when locating reds from deep channels or sloughs.
So the next time you go hunting for reds on the flats, look deep first.
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