Big winds, strong tides, heavy boat traffic; several factors can turn inshore waters muddy. Redfish still have to eat, but they’ll definitely alter their behavior based on the challenges that murky conditions create. Same goes for anglers.

Look for reds to hold closer to structure like oyster bars when they can’t see as well. The fish probably realize that they’re more vulnerable to dolphins, which can find prey with their echo-location tactics and sneak up on reds in dirty water.

Armed with this understanding, anglers should plan on making more direct casts toward oyster bars, mangrove edges and any other redfish-holding structure. In cleaner conditions, we might expect those reds to fan out and feed in the sandy potholes, but when they know Flipper can find them before they see Flipper, no sensible redfish will take such a risk.

Now, when it comes to locating likely redfish spots, the emergent mangroves are a no-brainer, but when tides cover oyster bars with murky water, you’ll appreciate side-scanning sonar, which can pick out those targets for you. Otherwise, fan-casting likely areas with a Bomber Saltwater Grade Who Dat Metal Spoon is a good bet, as this weedless bait covers water quickly and won’t hang up, when you find those shells.