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Capt. Hemmer's fishing tips: 3/15

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By Capt. Doug Hemmer
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WEATHER: Tides and wind directions are very important during the month of March. Extreme low and high tides will vary depending on the wind direction. North winds will blow more water out of the bay. South winds will push the water level higher than tide charts predict. When your tide chart says the low tide will be a –7 and the wind is out of the north, you may see a tide as low as a –11. The northern wind will also hold up the incoming tide and make it slower than predicted. A southern wind will make the low tides higher and increase the water flow during the incoming tide. You will want to take these factors into consideration before leaving the dock.

LOCATION: Following tide charts will give you the edge on knowing what areas to target. Extreme low tides will push the fish into the deeper potholes that line the areas where the flats are exposed above the water line. Sometimes you will need to wade from the boat to reach these areas, but some of the spots will have a small channel that a shallow draft boat can float in. Taking the time to explore these areas will let you know which spots to target on the low tide.

When you do find a pothole full of fish during the low tide, you will need to follow them, as they will leave the hole during the incoming tide. Look for deeper channels that the fish can use to travel back to the oyster bars and mangrove shoreline. When you don't locate a hole full of fish, look for areas that have mullet jumping. More times than not, the areas that are holding mullet will have snook, redfish, trout and sheepshead mixed in.

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