"When the tide floods, redfish schools push far back into little creeks and muddy pools," says Hildreth. "A five-pound redfish can nose way back into awfully skinny water-so shallow I can't follow it. I can only float my boat into those places during the highest tide. And the mud is so bad, it's impossible to wade. That's why low tide is the best time to stalk redfish in many coastal areas, and I've done it throughout coastal Georgia, South Carolina and in my native Alabama. I can consistently locate them any day, 12 months a year."