Many anglers sight-fishing for redfish tend to make common mistakes because they’re too anxious about their approach. When cruising around looking for baitfish, anglers often swing their boats into eddies and flats too fast, putting off a large wake and alarming the fish. Fishing shallow-water flats for tailing fish requires patience and determination to approach these fish carefully. It can really pay off if anglers will slow down. 

Capt. Steve Roff prefers to “allow the wind to slowly push [me] onto the flats as slowly as possible with the sun at my back” allowing fishermen see fish more easily and make a deliberate approach and accurate cast.

Light line and baits are essential in shallow-water angling. 

“You never want to bait to make a splash when it hits the water,” Roff said.

Many fishermen prefer a fly rod in the shallows, as a light fly makes as little disturbance as possible hitting the water. But fishermen using spinning tackle can have the same results with light lines and light lures.