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High awareness for low water

Winter tides present opportunities and hazards

Updated: December 13, 2010, 5:01 PM ET
By David A. Brown | ESPNOutdoors.com

One of my favorite seasonal occurrences brings both blessing and curse to the coastal shallows. When winter's extreme low tides drain the flats to barely a shimmer, anglers need to pay close attention to their environment in order to maximize the good things and avoid the bad.

Using one of my local haunts as an example, we see the same discouraging mistakes happen every year. Trout and redfish pile into the deep holes and troughs on the east side of Anclote Key and inexperienced anglers ...

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