As tides cycle through highs and lows, bonefish, permit, tarpon and many other species take advantage of varying depths to access and feed at different parts of a flat. "Pay attention to the tide," says Capt. Ted Wilson, who fishes out of Bud N' Mary's Sportfishing Marina in Islamorada, Florida. "Is it rising or falling? Tide stages not only affect fish behavior, they may also determine whether you can reach certain areas without risk of getting stranded on dead low tide."