Last week’s low tides produced great fishing if you could access the areas where the fish were. Running the poling skiff, we targeted snook, trout and redfish in depressions and troughs on the flats. Artificial lures scored big, using soft-plastic jig bodies in black back/gold flake bellies on ⅛-ounce jig heads. In the troughs, using the twitch, twitch, pause method worked well for trout. Often just letting it sit on the bottom as the current moved the tail produced solid bites. Start by experimenting with different rates of retrieves until you begin getting some interest, then stick with it. If the bite slows, switch it up a bit. When fishing the shallows, the same baits were deployed but used as swim baits, varying speed until the bite happened. Work them slowly across the sandy potholes and just fast enough to keep them out of the sparse grass. Redfish from 22-32 inches were caught along with snook between 22-26 inches. Most of trout were in the 14- to 18-inch range. A 15-pound fluorocarbon leader gets more bites. Once a hooked fish is deemed to be a snook, fight the fish with the rod parallel to the water to keep the leader away from the gill plate.