Tides play a crucial role in fishing and boating on Florida's Gulf and Nature Coast. The scallop season is approaching on a full moon, with low tides making it easier to catch. Inshore, redfish are best, while offshore, red snapper and gag grouper are also present.
The author prefers incoming tides on the Big Bend for fishing due to extreme high water and the potential for redfish and snook to be out of reach. They position their vessels to intercept fish as they move into the interior of a key, which can be the most productive part of the incoming tide during summer. Offshore waters offer protection from rough seas and fast-moving tides.