The timing or “when” is probably the most important part of the equation. Look for tide heights of 7.7 or higher. You will need to be looking for fish the last 2 hours of the flood. Typically you will have, on average, about a two hour window in which to locate and catch these fish. Once you have located a potential tailing flat, find a place where the flat touches up against deeper water via a feeder creek or even an edge right against the main body of water you are fishing. Nose your boat a few feet into the grass and start looking. As the tide floods to about 6-8” depth you will start to see a tail or two if they are there. If you don’t see anything after 10 minutes or so, you may need to look at another area. Remember-- your window is only about 2 hours, so choose an area that may yield several flats fairly close to each other. Once you spot a tail, slip the anchor over and walk it into the grass a bit. You will have deeper water coming so getting stuck will not be an issue--just be sure to vacate as soon as the tide turns. The redfish usually leave as soon as the tide turns as well.
In closing, not all flats will hold fish. Some flats will have fish today and not tomorrow, and vice versa. There are times when the flat becomes too deep. As a rule, once water gets over your knee, you will not see the fish tail. When the water gets this high, a technical skiff with a platform will often have the ability to see these fish. At certain angles you can see them on foot as well. There are many folks who pole these flats, and it works. For me, I always think walking is stealthier and works better--just one man’s opinion.
Here are some dates and times that should be good at the end of this month, providing water temps stay above 68. Keep in mind these are approximate and may vary from spot to spot.
Sun 10/23 3:30pm-6:00pm
Mon 10/24 4:30pm-7:00pm
Tues 10/25 daylight until 8:00am and 5:30pm until dark
Wed 10/26 daylight until 8:45am
Thurs 10/27 daylight until 10:00am
Fri 10/28 daylight until 10:30am
Sat 10/29 8:00am-11:15am
Sun 10/30 9:30am-12:00pm
Mon 10/30 10:30am – 1:00pm