“We’ll give this area about 10 minutes and if we don’t get any action, we’ll move on to the next spot. The fish are definitely here, but that recent storm and king tide has them real moody, so we’re not going to spend too much time in any one place if we don’t get a bite pretty quick,” said Capt. Garrett Lacy of Mt. Pleasant.
Throw your popping cork rigs on 7- to 7 1/2-foot medium-heavy spinning gear. The longer rod helps you with greater casting distance and you can achieve greater backcast clearance with the cumbersome rig. This helps prevent accidental snaggings, entanglements and any cast-killing drag.
Tailing redfish is one of the most exciting ways to stretch a line in saltwater. It is often more like hunting because anglers are looking for fish across the grassy flats and stalking ever so stealthily. If sight-fishing in shallow water isn’t enough, throwing surface flies to reds will sure get an angler’s blood flowing.
The flood tides that affect the coastal region provide easy meals for redfish in the marsh. For anglers who have studied how reads move onto the flats, some of the best places catch a red during the tailing tides is in their staging locations in deeper water. But anglers targeting those areas can ruin their future tailing action.
Every year, anglers check tide tables to see when they can target redfish tailing on skinny flats, and opportunities are limited, with only a few days per month when the tide rises above the 5.7 threshold when the sun is out. And shots at fish during the flood can be limited, making casting ability ever-so-important.