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  • Fish where flats meet deep water breaks
  • Fish where current meets or leaves a ledge and other structure
  • Fast moving water & turbulent water provides ambush points for stripers- Venturi effect
  • Scout boulder fields and shoreline contours during low tides and mark them with your chartplotter- helpful at night for wading anglers or with  your handheld GPS to allow you find at night
  • Mark structure not on your chart with your GPS-
  • Use drift socks on your boat to counter the effects of wind and current
  • Use top water hookless lures as teasers in shallow or dangerous waters to prospect fish
  • Use a heavy “river anchor” in muddy soft bottom areas where a traditional fluke type anchor will not hold
  • Stripers will stay on the flats all summer as long as the water temperature stay below 75F
  • Tides are critical- flooding tide is typically more productive better than the ebb and at the lower stages of the tide
  • When the flat is emptying fish are hastily retreating off the flat to get to deeper water
  • When flats fishing from a boat look closely at the dark grass patches on the bottom where bass will be spending more time than over white sand
  • Drape fishing net over your outboard, hydraulic lines, cleats… any obstruction that can foul fly line
  • Use blue painters masking tape to cover fly line fouling areas- cleats, rod holders etc
  • Stay put when fish blow up- resist the temptation to move- drift through close areas several times- fish will repeat the pattern of feeding. The bait that fish broke on minutes ago is still there and fish will circle back.
  • When fishing a surface frenzy- particularly tuna species- often pays to dead drift your fly pattern or a very slow retrieve- and vary the retrieve
  • Windy fall fishing… 8wt rods are not up to the task.  Go with the heavier rod and the sinking line to power through the wind
  • Fish creating swirls may actually be 2-4 feet down but because of their size and large tail fins they are moving a lot of water
  • Feeding Fish Signatures- Mornings  most noticeable- flat water- Swirls, Breaks, Birds looping/ hovering/dipping, baitfish spraying
  • Have your fishing partner cast into the immediate area of a caught fish
  • Use a kayak or inflatable with your “mother ship” to access hard to reach or private and delicate waters
  • On the RI flats (LNB for example) you will rarely see bass on top, they will be on the bottom looking for crabs and shrimp
  • Always bring binoculars to sight fish and birds. Binoculars with built in compass to pinpoint bearing open water with no landmarks or navigational aids for reference

Capt. Jim Barr
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