Clear water flats reveal the natural behavior of highly sought after gamefish.
Story and Photography by Nate Skinner
There’s something to be said about observing wildlife, undisturbed in their natural environment. Under the right conditions, hunters can enjoy this kind of stealthy experience from the concealment of a blind. The game animals before them are completely unaware of their presence.
Creating a situation that leads to a visual close encounter with creatures that live underwater is a little more involved. Clear water is a necessity, along with sunny skies, the right equipment, and a finesse-like approach.
The intricate process that brings anglers within sight of the fish they pursue is one that will increase the skills of even the savviest of salts. It reveals the intrinsic behavior of target species and is well worth the effort.
Whether wading or drifting, a typical fishing trip usually involves focusing efforts in a stretch of water that is believed to be holding plenty of fish. The only things anglers have to work with to show them what the fish might be doing is signs on the water’s surface and knowledge of the area being fished. Most of the time casts are made without a clue of what is actually happening underwater.
Sight fishing unlocks this mystery. From an elevated position under a clear sky anglers can open the door to the unknown. Shallow water flats containing clear water and hoards of redfish can provide invaluable lessons for those willing to learn. Whether the fish are feeding or not, watching their every move is breathtaking and extremely informative. It reveals their daily routines and shows how they act under varying conditions.