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Winter Flats Question for Panhandle Folks

We live in the NW but have enjoyed traveling to Pensacola.  We want to start spending some time out of the NW each year, particularly during the winter. We are thinking about getting something like a 16' poling skiff, probably a Saltmarsh 1656 or similar. Easy to store and leave there.   We are mostly interested in somewhat protected/flats/shallow type fishing.  Thinking areas like Big Lagoon, Perdido, Bayou Grande, etc.  I know from watching as many kayak fishing video's as I can find that there seems to be a fair amount of water for that type of fishing.  Are there typically fish in those type of areas in January and February, or have they moved to deeper/warmer water?  Do they move into the flats during the day after they warm up on a typical day?  I know the weather can vary quite a bit.  Interested in any size reds, specks, etc., but will size tackle to go for whatever is available.  

Thanks in advance for any advice or thoughts.  
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