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Flat Tide fishing?

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I have had good sucess fishing the tides but was wondering if anyone had a technique or suggestion on fishing a flat tide. I have been considering a chum set up for such occasion but not sure if that will work quite like I think. I am new to the salt game but feel like I have fared well in my learning curve for specs and reds almost anywhere I have fished. Any help would be greatly appreciated, and hoefully there are a few more that would benifit from this post.
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Fishing On a Flat Tide
Stay home and get your Honey Do's done and wait for a good tide day. Fish like moving water and while I have never been skunked, %-wise I find it is better to stay home and go another day. Unless of course you just want to get out on the water-then have at it.
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Thank you
Thanks for the good advice Flats. Was hoping somebody might of had a scheme for flat tide fishin LOL
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Location, location, location
The water in the passes is seldom slack for long as large quantities of inshore water move through the passes. When more inshore waters are still, the water in the passes is usually moving.

Beaches also can be productive during slack tides. We've been focused on the beaches and the passes the past couple of years, and I rarely even bother to check the tides any more because we can put fish in the boat regardless.
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well i guess this advice would depend on your boat, but i would recommend getting into areas with deeper water where the current is usually stronger on a normal day....that could either be in a pass (between bay and gulf) or at the first sets of rigs just off the coast somewhere as there is usually at least some moving water in those areas. if u must stay inland, then hopefully there will be some wind and u can fish points where the wind will cause some water/bait to move around the point creating an 'ambush' situation for the trout/redfish....
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Wow
Thanks for the good suggestions! So I take it that chumming them would be a no go with no tide huh?
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Chum draws catfish
We've tried chumming a few times in slack conditions and only managed to attract catfish. I don't mind catching gafftops, but I don't prefer hard heads. Chum is also likely to bring in sharks if you're close enough to the Gulf that sharks are around.

Places like cleaning stations that put a lot of chum in the water day after day after day end up attracting not only catfish, but also mullet, ladyfish, oyster toadfish, etc. Often my children like to sit there and catch these species one after another, but I doubt that is what you're after.
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Out think them
When you have a good tide it moves the bait and the fish feed. On a slack tide you have to make your bait move so go light and then lighter. Been at the flares and rigs in Breton Sound many times and killed the trout when the other boats were watching. Went to light 8 pound mono small hook and free swiming live bait a killer on a slack tide. Two examples to look at the wacky worm in bass fishing and deep sea fishing. Program called Wicked Tuna they always free swim a bait.
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