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The fish are hungry so let’s drop the kayaks in and hit the flats for an afternoon of Redfish action. An extreme low tide will create hungry fish. It often f…

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CrypticCRICKET says:

Find an abundence of the bottom of the food chain menu items and you’ll also find the predators at the top of the food chain around and among them. Observe the activity in this area and you’ll see the patterns of events that turn the fish on and off. I never check the tides before going fishing. I fish good habitats and I fish the conditions as they are. I find the best conditions in the area and concentrate on those areas. Hope that helps.

CrypticCRICKET says:

I catch redfish at all times of the day. You will find active fish wherever the food is. The best habitats have the most abundence top to bottom of the food chain. Find the best grass beds that you can find with deeper water nearby or other cover nearby and also good water quality and you will find fish. Concentrate on the water depths that active redfish hunt food in and you will catch active redfish. If the water is cold, fish the time of day that its warmest. Hot water – find cooler water.

Natasha Chancy says:

Right I got that from the video but am still confused as to what specific time to go out to fish the flats/ mangroves. Some swear that sunrise/eary morning is best because fish get lazy when the water is warm later in the day, some say to fish 2 hours before high tide, some will say go at sunset etc. When is the best time of day to catch reds?

CrypticCRICKET says:

Fish understand that they will die if they run out of water to swim around in. They need to spend time where the food is but they won’t risk dying to eat. If they’re feeding opportunities don’t decline then they don’t stop feeding. If they can’t get to food for a while they get real hungry and become easier to catch. If a low or retreating tide moves fish off a flat then it also concentrates that migration into the deepest channels onto and off of the flat. They’ll stage at a comfortable depth.

Natasha Chancy says:

Great video. I have trouble determining what’s the best time to fish given low and high tide times. If low tide is at 9 am and high tide is 3:30 pm, what would be the best time to catch the incoming tide? We kayak Weedon Island but we never seem to catch anything but catfish and ladyfish. Any suggestions on time?

CrypticCRICKET says:

I’m glad that you liked that. If you find yourself on a flat that’s been drained of most of it’s water, you can count on the fish to come back up onto the flat to feed as the tide rises. All you have to do is set up to fish the places that they use as a highway back up onto the flats. The best ambush locations are close to the best flats habitats.

Larry G says:

Great video, very informative


CrypticCRICKET says:

Hi there! Thanks for the invite and the heads up on the Southwest Florida Kayak Angler’s Association. Pretty cool little tournament you guys have put together. I won’t be able to make this tournament but I’ll keep an eye on your club’s website for the next one. I like those type of tournaments. Have a good one and thanks for watching my videos. Oh yeah… I have several other yak fishing vids on my channel, I think you’ll like em. Have a good one!

FartingLSUtiger says:

Also the sfwkaa.com club is hosting a nice redfish/snook turney Friday night and Saturday if you are interested, nice video , awesome!!

FartingLSUtiger says:

I fish out of matlashey after and out of the blue way launch on waterfront drive, where do you launch and where do you fish?

FartingLSUtiger says:

I fish out of matlqche often and out of the blue way launch on

dodgerlives says:

Tropical Point on Pine Island headed towards St. James.

CrypticCRICKET says:

Google Earth is an amazing way to find lots of not well documented launch areas. You can also see all the bottom contours and grass beds in the satellite views. You can change years to get imagery from different time periods (when the water was clear if need be)

CrypticCRICKET says:

Hi youngms44

I highly recommend Matlacha and Pine Island launch sites. Right in your “backyard”. Awesome grass beds and mangrove shorelines! Excellent mangrove islands with a wide range of water depths. Generally good water quality. Lee county has a Blueway Trail system that utilizes launch sites in that area. Lee county has a free Blueway Trail map available.

CrypticCRICKET says:

Snow is pretty. LOL!

It never snows here. It does get kinda cold here about January.

You should make some snow videos Fuqouri. Maybe go out and track some wildlife for us. That could be fun.

CrypticCRICKET says:

Thank you!
I’m glad you enjoyed it!

redwoodfox says:

Well done vid. Enjoyed it

FUQROUI says:

This sucks I woke up to four inches of snow and you get to go fishing. LOL

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