Top 3 Reasons You’re Getting SKUNKED (Hint: It’s Not Your Bait)


I know many people who keep getting skunked trip after trip after trip…

But I also know people who can’t remember the last time they got skunked.

If you’re in that first group, can you imagine catching fish nearly every time you go out?

Can you imagine having pictures of redfish, snook and trout on your phone…instead of pictures of sunsets?

Well, here’s the deal…

We’ve found that if you’re getting skunked too much, it’s probably because of one (or more) of these three reasons.

Watch the video below to see what those reasons are, and what to do about them.

Top 3 Reasons You’re Getting Skunked [VIDEO]

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Are you making one, two or all three of those mistakes?

Most people are!

Here’s what you can do about it:

Reason #1: You’re Switching Lures Too Often

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Switching lures too often wastes time and takes your focus away from what’s really important: finding feeding fish.

You could be throwing the best lure or the liveliest, smelliest bait, but if there’s no fish around, you won’t catch anything.

On the flip side, if there are feeding fish in the area, chances are they’ll take a variety of lures or baits.

The best strategy is to master one lure that’s proven to catch fish.

We recommend something like a jerk shad rigged on a weedless hook, or a paddletail rigged on a weedless hook or jig head.

Once you are confident you can catch fish with those proven lures, you can focus on finding fish.


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Reason #2: You’re Fishing The Same Spot

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Let’s say you had your best day ever at this one spot.

You might be tempted to go back there again and again and again, but that’s not always the best choice.

Fish are always on the move due to ever-changing tides, weather, seasons, bait, water temperature and other factors.

If you want to catch fish, you need to know the current trends, and then choose a few spots to fish based on those trends.

For example, in the fall you can find big redfish in the inlets and passes as they prepare to spawn.

But in the winter they’re likely to have gone into the backwater creeks or residential canals.

If you fish the same spot every time, you won’t be as consistent as if you followed the fish.


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Reason #3: You Aren’t Planning Your Fishing Trips

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They say if you fail to plan then plan to fail, and when it comes to fishing trips, that’s so true!

Going to back to reason #2, fish are always on the move.

Before you go fishing, see what the fish are doing and what they’re feeding on, see how the weather and tides are, find some fishy looking spots on the map, and ask people who’ve been out recently what they’re doing to catch fish.

On our podcast, we always ask professional anglers what makes them so successful, and two key things that nearly always come up are:

  1. Be diligent when you plan your fishing trip
  2. Have a fishing network to learn the most up-to-date trends

An awesome tool to help you plan when to go fishing is our Strike Score.

Learn more about that here.


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Here’s my challenge to you:

Next time you go fishing, pick one, two, or all three of these factors to focus on getting right.

Doing this has helped thousands of anglers nearly quit getting skunked, and it can help you, too.

Remember, the three reasons most people get skunked is because:

  1. They switch lures too often (and lose focus of the most important thing: finding fish)
  2. They fish the same spot
  3. They don’t plan their trips well

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Larry Gonzalez
1 year ago

I haven’t tried to use lures. I normally use live bait, cut bait, and fish bites. I don’t have a boat or access to one ,so I fish from shore on (and under) bridges or from a pier. I live in north west Florida (Pensacola, Navare, and Milton). Last time out, I caught 8 croakers, 2 specks , and 1 red. All of which were too small. This was an old spot that I hadn’t tried in years . It was fun no doubt, but wanted some keepers.
I will try some lures and maybe things will get better.

Chris Frangos
1 year ago

The only people I know who never got skunked are those who don’t fish !!

Captain Brian Davis
1 year ago

Good stuff Tony.

Thomas Campbell
1 year ago

Great info tony. I’ve learned to do most of these and I usually don’t get skunked. Honestly I get skunked more often when I use live bait now that you have to me the right ways to use artificial. My issue is, I have a 15 year old paddle kayak and I’m scared to take it too far so that limits how much I can bounce around from spot to spot.

Raymond Bierschenk
1 year ago

Ha! And I thought I was just being stubborn when I wouldn’t change lures!

1 year ago

I always said I was “stubborn” (or lazy) as I pretty much refuse to tie on another lure. I take 2 rods on my kayak, always one with a jighead for some sort of soft plastic and flexible with the other but often a Topwater. Glad to hear i’ve Been fishing smart!

Christopher Hobby
1 year ago

Now I’m one of the guys who can’t remember the last time I got skunked. Gotten skunked a bunch of times but just don’t remember the last time I have.

Steven Free
1 year ago

Yea tony your the right man for the job you are so true i used to change lures alot more then now now i usually know how the fish are acting better dufing a particular part of the day so i know when to change not only lures but tactics as well being a bit older then you young bucks working at saltstrong(if you call fishing for a living work that is but i know its more then that)i used to be more stubborn in my old ways and not really listen to advice about fishing from anyone especially from the younger generation I thought I knew as much as could be known that is until I joined saltstrong I’m certainly glad I changed my ways and joined thank you for being an honest good business man as well as a great guy and angler at that????


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