Spring Break is here, the weather and water are warming up and feeling great on the Choctawhatchee Bay and Hogtown Bayou. It is the perfect time of year to talk about flats fishing and what you can expect when you take a fishing charter with Captain Sloan on the Salty Jig.
What Are Flats?
Flats are areas of shallow water in which the levels can vary from one to six feet deep. They can have crevices and holes. Fish like structure for protection and in the flats they find that in grass, excessive sand, rocks, and other sediments. The flats you find on the Choctawhatchee Bay are usually made up of brown sea grass.
Due to the vegetation and sea grass that grows, shrimp and other types of baitfish can be found in excess here. Anglers know that baitfish mean the bigger more predatory fish are near especially in the warmer months. Flat fishing is unlike other types of bay fishing because of the depth of water. In the more shallow water, you are able to visibly see the fish and really set up for a great catch! Spring is the perfect time of year to fish the flats. With the water getting warmer, fish will be moving to the shallow waters of the grass and sand flats.
As we mentioned previously, Spring time is flats fishing time. This is because the natural ecosystem draws the bigger fish to the flats where the smaller bait fish are dashing for cover and right now the Redfish and Speckled Trout are biting!
Speckled Trout are also known as Spotted Sea Trout. Despite their name, Speckled Trout belong to the Drum family. Spotted Sea Trout are found in abundance in the flats because they are hearty eaters and there are plenty of smaller fish to feed on in these areas. Although the world record for this fish is 17lbs 7 ounces, the ones caught in our beautiful bay usually range from 3-5 pounds.
Redfish or Red Drum are another species of fish that populate the grass beds in the flats. Most fishermen love a challenging fish and this one is a worthy opponent for any angler. The more shallow the water, the more fight the Redfish will have in it and the better fishing tale you’ll have to tell. Redfish world records are 94lbs 2 ounces.
No matter what your catch is, the fish are sure to be biting. With the perfect weather and flats fishing, you can visually spot where the schools of bigger fish are feeding. This will make your fishing adventure plentiful! For information on bag limits and more for Spotted Seatrout and Red Drum please visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Book A Fishing Charter With Captain Sloan
Our fishing charter specializes in flats fishing. When doing any inshore fishing especially in the lower waters such as the flats, it is very helpful to have a skilled fisherman who can teach you the proper bait, fishing gear and techniques to use so you are sure to get the catch you want. Captain Sloan has been fishing the Choctawhatchee Bay waters and its tributaries for over 40 years. We welcome you to the Salty Jig. Make your reservations today by calling us or booking online!