The Florida flats are a must-have on any shallow water fisherman’s bucket list. Here’s a quick guide to fishing this noteworthy area.
- Season. Fishing on the flats is good all year round, but different seasons bring in different conditions and game fish. Tarpon are at their best from late February to the end of July. Bonefish pick up from March to the end of October and Barracuda are in their greatest number from December to the end of March.
- Boats. Due to the fishing terrain, you’ll need a boat with a shallow but dynamic hull design to access these shallow fishing areas. Remember to choose a skiff, backcountry or flats boat with sufficient fuel capacity to get you to the best spots, as well as the necessary storage and safety features for a safe and enjoyable trip.
- Baits. When you know what species of game fish you’re after, you’ll know what bait you need to stock up on, whether it is blue crab for redfish, lobster or live shrimp for bonefish, you’ll need plenty on hand for a day out in these rich fishing grounds.
- Weather. While this area of Florida is known for its balmy weather, it also has a stormy side, so make sure everyone onboard has a certified life jacket which meets U.S. Coastguard requirements. Wear a few light layers which can keep a cooler breeze off as well as protect you from the sun. You can also track changing weather conditions through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). If the weather is going to change, don’t wait until the last minute, it can change far more quickly and dangerously than you may anticipate.
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