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In fishing, "tailing" typically refers to the behavior of fish, particularly in saltwater flats fishing contexts. It occurs when certain fish species, such as bonefish, redfish, or permit, are feeding in shallow water, and their tails protrude above the surface as they root around for food on the bottom. This behavior is often seen in areas with sandy or muddy bottoms where the fish search for crustaceans, mollusks, or other small prey. Observing tailing fish can be an exciting opportunity for anglers, as it indicates the presence of feeding fish in shallow water. Tailing fish are often more accessible to sight fishing techniques, allowing anglers to spot the fish and make precise casts to target them. Tailing can also refer to the condition of a fish's tail fin, particularly in freshwater fishing. When a fish's tail is damaged or frayed, it may be described as "tailing," which can result from injury, disease, or natural wear and tear. Anglers may encounter tailing fish in both contexts, but the behavior and implications differ depending on the fishing environment.

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