During the spring, redfish, trout and flounder step up to the plate and really begin to gather up the groceries. From finger mullet, mud minnows, crabs and shrimp, plenty of staple food resources are available in a variety of different places. However, anglers will continue to target their prey on the shallow flats and creeks where many of the spring schools will remain to play. And even though food is abundant and marine mammals are less of a concern, fishermen can still be there own worst enemy.
Capt. Tom Siwarski of Carolina Aero Marine Adventures hunts for redfish in the shallows most of the year.
“Try to stay as far away from them as possible to not spook them,” he said. “You will get more bites out of each area.”
Siwarski instructs his clients to make long casts and try to make as little noise as possible. Closing storage hatches and cooler tops, and jumping around the boat will send noise and vibrations through the water, alerting the fish of the angler’s presence.
The water depth will determine how stealthy anglers need to be. Even though sound and vibrations carry just as far in shallow water as deep, redfish will less spooky when there’s more water above their heads. If anglers are looking at a school patrolling the banks or pushing water along a shallow flat, an extreme stealthy approach will put more fish in the boat.