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for fishing a bay/inshore flats scenario: May to October Mid Atlantic and
US Gulf Coast
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Lures: (see key below) For open areas (red positions) and
against the rocks use crankbaits (4" red/white) and
plugs (silver/chartuese/red-white) or 3" sidewinder/krocodile spoons.
For the Blue positions, use weedless spoons, chugging plugs (or non-weedless
spoons retrieved quickly), and (best) soft plastic twitch baits, retrieved
with a jerking retrieve (jerk-wait-jerk-jerk).
Remember not to strike on sight, but wait to feel the fish.
Tackle: 6lb to 10lb class spinning or baitcasting. If tarpon,
jack crevelle, or large stripers are present, 20lb class tackle with 200+yards
of line will be necessary.
Note to Fly-Anglers: A 7 weight fly rod with a 2" to 4" streamer
or shrimp/crab fly can produce well. 4 inch floating zonker, size 6 wooly worm and indicator, clouser with or without indicator, and white/yellow popper. Crazy Charlie for probing between grass patches. Here are a few flies to start with
Timing: Morning, evening, and incomming tides are the times to hit
the flats. A cold front will drive the fish off, as will a very windy
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