Fishing From Shallow Water Skiffs, An Etiquette Guide



Posted  by Dolphin Boats on Feb 23, 2015

catching-bait-shallow-water-skiffsBefore you head out in your shallow water skiff, it’s a good idea to be well versed in shallow water fishing etiquette. This is especially important if you’re fishing during the busy season,  or in an area which gets congested. Our experts have put together a handy etiquette guide so everyone can have an enjoyable shallow water fishing experience:


  • Be aware of your proximity to other shallow water skiffs. It’s rare you’ll ever be the only boat around when flats fishing, unless you’ve managed to find an extremely isolated place, so a good rule of thumb is to stay at least one football field away from any other boat. If you’re in earshot of the people on another boat, you’re too close.
  • If you like to stay stationary when shallow water fishing, it’s not good etiquette to anchor in the middle of a channel or in a running lane between flats. Not everyone enjoys stationary fishing and you’ll most likely be in the way of other flats boats trying to pass. Try anchoring off the edge of the flat, this way other boats can safely pass without causing a disturbance.
  • It’s hard to avoid making a wake, even if you are poling very slowly. Be mindful of other fishermen in the area and try to keep your wake as small as possible otherwise you may scare off fish they’ve been after. Even a small wake from 50 yards away can spook a school of fish.

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