This Is Why Most Bass Anglers Fail At Inshore Fishing

How can a lifelong bass angler change over to start inshore saltwater fishing?

Do you need to buy everything new and throw out your bass gear?


Your gear will work if you apply all of the knowledge you have accumulated when bass fishing and apply it to inshore saltwater fishing!

You are going to want to give this podcast a listen!

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We covered a lot in this podcast, so here is a timestamped version:

  • 0:41 – Defining “failure” in this scenario
  • 1:32 – Rob Newell joins the podcast
  • 2:29 – Rob Newell’s background
  • 3:26 – Applying bass fishing knowledge to saltwater fishing
  • 5:20 – Biggest mistakes bass anglers make when saltwater fishing
  • 8:59 – Where should bass anglers start
  • 9:51 – Live bait myth
  • 12:29 – Confidence and familiarity
  • 14:20 – Finding structure and bait
  • 15:19 – Crossover lures
  • 20:21 – Mimic freshwater techniques in saltwater
  • 21:51 – Applying bass knowledge to saltwater fishing
  • 23:21 – Similarities between bass fishing gear and saltwater gear
  • 31:13 – Casting
  • 33:15 – Tides
  • 40:39 – Impact of current flow
  • 42:16 – Saltwater fish behavior
  • 43:55 – Power of artificial lures
  • 44:56 – Finding productive fishing spots
  • 46:25 – Simplify things (The Three B’s)
  • 47:29 – Artificial lures VS. Live bait
  • 50:41 – Trying out new techniques


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Many bass anglers across the country are fishing in overcrowded lakes when they can have more elbow room and variety if they choose to get out and try saltwater fishing.

You as a bass angler have the knowledge of fishing already in your head, now you just have to shift your thinking a bit and apply it to inshore saltwater fishing.

Give the gear and lures you have to fish freshwater lakes a try in inshore saltwater areas because they will surprise you and catch fish!

Are you a freshwater angler that has more questions on making the switch to inshore saltwater fishing?

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Gary Blank
8 months ago

I live in the midwest and have been mainly bass fishing for over 55 years. Vacation in Florida every year and started bringing my lighter weight gear to fish in Florida. Caught my first snook on a beetle-spin. Only tackle I have added to my midwest gear is circle hooks and plastic shrimp. I catch saltwater fish ever trip. I couldn’t agree more with this podcast.

Gerald Dexter
8 months ago

I loaded a shimano 4000 with 10 lb super slick on a 7′ 6″ TFO and all it does is wind knot.I was casting with the wind, I wonder what’s wrong!

Lyle Crafton
8 months ago

Awesome podcast. Just wish I had seen it years ago, it would have shortened the learning curve. I go Bass fishing with a buddy of mine that is an avid Bass fisherman, high powered boat, 30 fishing rods, boxes and boxes of lures. I carry three poles and a small bag of tackle… he rarely out fishes me. Simplicity is so much easier.

Jim Scott
8 months ago

I think this is worthy of an A rating, and believe most LMB anglers would require some adaptation in inshore fishing. Also I do realize that for some the transition is marginal because their preferred style of LMB fishing is already similar. You made good and helpful points that should be helpful for most. Thanks for the thoughtful article.

Luke Simonds
8 months ago
Reply to  Jim Scott

Thanks for making time to post the nice comment Jim!

Steve Miller
8 months ago

Ok, this was great for me. I have never done a ton of fishing before moving to Florida and when I did it was with buddies pre-fishing for bass tournaments.The best thing with this was when I caught more and bigger fish than them. LOL The only knowledge that I had was from these bass-only anglers. I started saltwater fishing late in 2020 and was and still am confused. However, this is one podcast that I have listened to from A-Z that totally had me captivated. The fact that you all have transitioned from bass to saltwater makes your information even more valuable. Good stuff men. Thank you!

P.S. My daughter is totally into unicorns, Luke. If you ever do see one, please give us a holler.

Luke Simonds
8 months ago
Reply to  Steve Miller

Haha!!! I’ll be sure to keep a watchful eye out for unicorns.

Rob S
8 months ago

Rob starts off by saying most bass anglers have the basic skills and 90% of the gear, and how easy it is to transition from bass fishing to inshore. Only a few times trying it, and the light bulb goes off. And he says that saltwater won’t destroy fresh water gear but don’t bring your more expensive stuff, just the second string stuff in case it does. And the bass anglers think they need a big boat since they apparently haven’t seen kayakers on inshore waters. I’m thinking how do these thoughts line up with the headline that most bass anglers fail. To me, bass exhibit the closest characteristics to snook which should make for an easy transition, and hard to understand why most seasoned bass anglers fail at this. Certainly entertaining.

I thought Justin nailed it with his observations which more closely aligned with my experiences growing up in FL, and comments below by Rod Rice, Elijah Mua, and Justin add to this discussion. We fished where ever and when ever the opportunity was remotely presented. We fished artificials and bait, fresh water, inshore, near shore, and offshore. The selection of artificials were a fraction of what’s available today, and even more limited finding hard body plugs capable of withstanding the fight of large, strong fighting saltwater species. The soft baits today didn’t exist other than “rubber” worms starting to be sold in tackle stores around the mid-1950s. So spoons and jigs were often the go to artificials for saltwater.

Luke Simonds
8 months ago
Reply to  Rob S

Thanks for making time to post the nice comment Rob!

Brett Laws
8 months ago

I really enjoyed this podcast. I’m very familiar with Rob Newell from my bass days. Please have him back for more podcasts.

Luke Simonds
8 months ago
Reply to  Brett Laws

We’re glad to see that you enjoyed this discussion Brett.

Rod Rice
8 months ago

Great podcast!!!!!!!!!
I’m a angler who grew up in the Midwest, moved to the East Coast, then moved back to the Midwest for family reasons. The #1 thing I tell everyone about the difference between Saltwater and Freshwater fishing… “It’s all the same, but it’s all different!” So if you’re a successful angler (bass, crappie, bluegill, walleye, etc) with great attention to detail, knowing the predator/prey relationship, knowing how fish position themselves in different locations throughout the year you will be successful, it’s all the same. But the challenge (and fun part) is that saltwater fish are totally new species, and each one is unique, so you’re learning the predator/prey relationship from square one, so it’s all different! The #2 thing I tell everyone is Location, Location, Location, none of the rest of the stuff matters (lure, color, size, etc.) until you find the right location.

Luke Simonds
8 months ago
Reply to  Rod Rice

Thanks for making time to post the helpful comment Rod!

James Wilson
8 months ago

I enjoyed this podcast. Have any of you rigged up the paddle tails using a Texas or Carolina rig. It seems to me that you could get the rig down in the grass areas and keep it weedless.

Luke Simonds
8 months ago
Reply to  James Wilson

I have used carolina rigs with soft plastics for trout, and it certainly works. I just prefer to rig soft plastics on jig heads when fishing deeper grass flats because they seem to respond to the lure moving up and down more on the retrieve.

Danny Mitchell
8 months ago

This is probably my favorite SS podcast thus far. Lots of great information here. I’ve always said “inshore fishing is very similar to bass fishing except you never know what you’re going to catch and the fish pull twice as hard”.

Luke Simonds
8 months ago
Reply to  Danny Mitchell

Thanks for making time to post the nice comment Danny!


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