Keys Flats

What are the “Keys Flats” ?

The terms “Keys Flats” refers to a vast section of water on the gulf side of the Keys. The water depth in these flats generally is between one and four feet deep. The bottom is generally filled with dense sea grass; this is why they are often called “grass flats”. When fishing any area it is often important to learn how the fish forage for food. In this case you notice that they will stick their heads deep into the grass to root out crustaceans and small fish that are trying to use the grass to hide. You will often see the tails of these predatory fish break the water as they dig their heads deeper into the grass in search of food. The other concept you need to understand is stealth. This form of fishing is more like hunting than it is traditional fishing. For starters you are often targeting specific fish that you have seen. Keeping quiet is of utmost importance. You need to turn the motor off and use either the current of the water or a push pole to move your boat about. You need to apply stealth techniques when casting as well. Suppose you are casting a jog combination, often the preferred bait in these areas. If you see a fish you wish to target you should cast your bait well beyond its location. You need to judge the movement of the water and the movement of the fish to time it correctly. You are trying to match the retrieve of your offering to the expected position of the fish when the lure enters his zone. This will take time and practice but the results are worth the effort.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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