Fishing Tidal Creeks

By Capt. Joey Leggio

Want to have a fun day inshore that is great for the younger Captains and First Mates? Try fishing the Tidal Creeks that line Reynolds Channel.

Fishing tidal creeks will result in some fantastic top water explosive action that is sure to excite pro anglers to the novice anglers.

When the tide is high (flood) and it begins to flow out, all the tidal creeks will begin to empty out its treasures into the bay and with that tons of bait such as Grass Shrimp, Spearing and all sorts of small bait fish will pour out into the mouths of hungry awaiting fish.

First you want the high tide slack that is about to switch to out going tide. You will be fishing in mostly shallow water up against the marsh in Reynolds Channel so watch your prop and I would raise your motor higher then normal or even pole your boat around. Look for a nice tidal creek and see if you can see the presence of bait dumping out. You may even see swirls or fish flashes. position your boat so you can cast to the tidal creek and work a lure back to the boat. You will want to use a lite spinning outfit in the 6 to 15 pound class. My rods are filled with 20 and 30 pound Tuf-Line. I like using the Shimano 2500 to 4000 size reels. my rods are 7 to 7.5 feet in length. I like to use small poppers, Pencil poppers, popping corks with flies or a hook tipped with some Berkley Gulp.

Cast into the tidal creek and work your lure / bait back to you. Get ready because at any given moment your lure my get pounced on and then the fun begins. You will be fishing in such shallow water, the fish won't be able to dive but instead just swim away from you. Line will scream off your reel as they fight for their freedom. Don't strike on the fish because a lot of the time they miss the lure and if you strike, you will pull the lure away from the fish. Wait for the rod to bend over then set up on the fish. If he misses the lure just keep working it. He will come back and he will be mad his meal got away the first time.



If you stop catching, pick up and hit the next tidal creek and continue to do this till your arms are tired. I have caught Bass to 22 pounds and Blues to 16.50 pounds fishing this exact way. The top water action is unreal and explosive to say the least. Fluke are not uncommon when your baits sink a little. Don't be surprised if you use a popping cork with a Gulp and a 5 pound Fluke finds this offering irresistible. Just use a 4 foot section of Fluoro Carbon leader between your popping cork and your Gulp bait.

If you can net yourself some Peanut Bunker, try fishing them on just a hook casting into the tidal creek and slowly reel the bait out and wait.....



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