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As a (very general) rule of thumb, fish deeper water (passes/inlets) on an outgoing tide, and fish shallow water (flats/shorelines) on an incoming tide. Fish tend to gravitate toward passes on an outgoing tide, facing the current to gobble up any morsels washed out of the backcountry by the t ...
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After a hot day, an afternoon rain can significantly lower water temperatures, making gamefish -- especially those in skinny water -- more active. Get on the water after a late afternoon thunderstorm and your odds of finding aggressive fish are very good. But be careful and patient–an erran ...
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When it's been hot for a prolonged period, fish shy away from very shallow water. The reason: flats and other skinny-water areas heat up more quickly than deeper water does. Fish shallow areas early/late in the day, but if the sun is high and has put a pall on the action, consider deeper, coo ...
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Remember that wind can severely influence tide heights. A strong wind moving in the same direction as the tidal flow can literally "blow out" a dropping tide, exposing shallow areas and leaving boaters stranded in the shallows for hours. Conversely, a wind blowing with an incoming tide can in ...
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Many anglers avoid fishing on days when wind and waves cause beaches and bays to get murky. And with good reason -- muddy water can often turn off the bite. However, at times cloudy water can work to your advantage. Though fish in murky water can be much tougher to spot, the limited visibilit ...
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If you've ever used a dive mask to look at underwater structure (like mangrove roots) you know that a certain measure of luck is required to extract a fish that makes its way into "the sticks". Once a fish muscles its way back into roots (or other underwater snags like dock pilings, downed tr ...
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Walking beaches to sight-fish can be productive, especially early and late in the day. In the summer months, snook are often seen cruising the "wash" along Florida’s beaches. When you see a smaller fish cruising close to shore, peer into the deeper water behind the fish you see. Larger snoo ...
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Fishing Tip: watch waterfowl

When fishing near shorelines, bars, flats, etc., keep an eye open for wading birds lined up along the water's edge. These birds are often after baitfish, and their keen eyesight usually puts them in good position to find a meal. By extension, if bait is present you can bet that fish are close ...
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Slide rule: Along Florida's Gulf coast and in other saltwater hot-spots,savvy anglers check their fly or lure as a matter of course after catching a fish. But also remember to run your hand down the last two feet or so of your leader to check for frays or cuts. Snook, for example,are notoriou ...
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Get the lowdown: Veteran skinny-water anglers know low tides can provide excellent sight-fishing opportunities, but lower water levels can also be incredibly useful for anglers who study the secrets they expose. Very low tides can unveil deep channels and shallow sections for safer navigation ...
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