Tired of sharing the flats with too many fellow anglers and pleasure boaters unaware of how long it took you to ease into position on that redfish school? Escape the crowds by taking a kayak into the secluded shallows where outboards can’t run.

From narrow marsh cuts, to mangrove-canopied creeks reaching into hidden lagoons, these lightweight vessels will take you far off the beaten path and enable you to engage unpressured fish from a stealthy position.

Advanced rigs may include multiple rod holders, but in most scenarios, a two-rod setup will handle the majority of needs. A 7- to 7 1/2-foot medium heavy spinning outfit with 30-pound braid and a 20- to 30-pound fluorocarbon leader provides plenty of casting distance and fish-whipping power.

Rig one rod with a Heddon Saltwater Super Spook Jr. and walk that bait over grass beds with potholes, along the deeper edges of oyster bars and across cuts and troughs near mangroves, marsh grass or cane points.

Use the other rod to toss a Bomber Saltwater Grade Shad-Head Jig with a YUM Mud Minnow or a Swurm. Go light on the head, so you can keep the bait out of the grass.

A couple kayak pointers ...

Judge tides and wind accordingly and use these natural forces to your benefit, rather than hastening your exhaustion.

Always use an anchor when stepping out to wade fish. No matter how firmly you stick that bow in the exposed mud, a rising tide can quickly dislodge the vessel and leave you stranded.