The Best Baitfish For Inshore Fishing & How To Match The Hatch


Regardless if you fish with live bait or lures, you’ve got to know where and what baitfish are in your area.

In this episode, we hammer home why it’s critical to know what types of live bait are in your area (for each season), where to find the baitfish, and how to match the hatch in order to catch more fish.

This will be incredibly helpful for both live bait anglers and artificial lure anglers (especially if you love catching redfish, trout, snook, and flounder).

Check it out below!

You can watch the video version of this podcast below (which I highly recommend), listen to the audio version by clicking the play button underneath it, or listen to it on iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify.

P.S. Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify and leave us a review!

Best Baits & How To Find Them [VIDEO]

Sign up for FREE to receive the latest saltwater fishing videos, tutorials, product reviews, and fishing product discounts!

➡ Click here to join the Insider Club

Best Baits & How To Find Them [PODCAST]

salt strong podcast itunes

salt strong podcast stitcher

salt strong podcast spotify

Note: Don’t forget to subscribe to the Salt Strong podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify and leave us a review!

➡ Click here to join the Insider Club

Related Podcasts:

You can follow the timestamped table of contents:

  • 1:34 – There’s a time & place to use live bait
  • 3:09 – SHRIMP! Everything eats shrimp
  • 4:08 – The Mullet Run is the most wonderful time of the year
  • 5:25 – What eats mullet?
  • 6:36 – Mud minnows: where are they and what fish species love them
  • 8:31 – The best live bait to use to catch a ton of fish
  • 11:12 – What’s the money bait in the area you’re fishing?
  • 13:12 – Mullet, pinfish, croakers, pilchard (white bait)
  • 14:23 – Without a cast net, how do you catch live bait?
  • 15:17 – The Slam Shady Bomber mimics this
  • 15:31 – Slam Shady 2.0 and Gold Digger will catch doormats
  • 16:41 – Best Wintertime bait and why
  • 19:15 – Is there a best Springtime bait and why?
  • 21:43 – If you want to catch baitfish without a cast net, do this
  • 24:46 – Shad is the predominate bait over in Texas during Spring
  • 27:28 – Best Summertime baitfish, hands down
  • 29:39 – The $9 baitfish…
  • 32:18 – Buy your bait or go find your bait?
  • 33:03 – Fall is here, what baitfish are you using (dead or alive)
  • 37:08 – Regional bait names
  • 38:37 – Using mullet to catch big tarpon
  • 40:02 – Blue crabs for HUGE reds during fall
  • 43:56 – The lures for catching big redfish in schools
  • 47:28 – Match the hatch with your lures by season

Check out the course mentioned here:

Here are the lures mentioned:

And here are some other tactics for catching live bait:


blackout chum

If you love to fish inshore year-round, then you need to know what baits are present by season, how to find them, and the best ways to match the hatch!

Have any questions about what lures to use to match the hatch?

Any other topics you’d like us to cover on live bait?

Let me know down in the comments!

And if you know an angler who loves to use live bait, please TAG or SHARE this with them!

P.S. Want access to our best fishing spots and tips, plus discounts to our online tackle store? Click here to join us in the Insider Club!

Related articles:

Related categories:

Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Lyle Crafton
2 years ago

Ah, you left out ladyfish. Great cut bait or whole for the big Ones.

Douglas Dalton
2 years ago

Excellent video. I found it much more informative than the fishing course on live bait.
Type of live bait makes a difference for certain. My best friend and I fished an area and I was using a slam shady and caught a few trout. He used menhaden and caught multiple reds but when he switched to finger mullet he caught big trout.
It would be nice to have a pod cast like this on how and where to fibd live bait.

Matthew Lanier
2 years ago

Great video guys! A bunch of really great information here!

John Frymier
2 years ago

I just went back and checked both of Cpt Deeks’ courses (using and catching bait) and he never mentions croaker – possibly he’s fishing south of their range. Or is what he calls a “pigfish” a croaker?

Lyle Crafton
2 years ago
Reply to  John Frymier
Eric Thinguldstad
2 years ago

Watched, learned! What lures were shown during the video portion for mullet. You don’t have any on your site

Jonathan Getz
2 years ago

Hey Joe/Wyatt,

I’ll forward an email you that I sent to Luke a while back.

Just a couple other comments:

On the Texas Upper Coast, shrimp are hard to come by in the winter. Big baits like mullet actually work best, along with crab.

Around here, you can catch shrimp on some beaches in the summer time, and around grass on bay marsh edges. You have to be careful though because there are legal restrictions on location and time of year. Many marsh areas are consider “nursery” areas and are off-limits.

Lastly, we have lots of threadfin and gizzard shad here (have a small dot). Large ones can actually be good bait for gator trout. A friend of mine actually found 8″ gizzard shad in a large trout he harvested.

2 years ago

Only time I ever paid for bait is day I started out late and was headed offshore.

Tim Hann
2 years ago

The day I pay $9 for a pogey, is the day I need to be admitted to a mental health institution.


Do what the “SMART ANGLERS” are doing and join the Insider Club.

Here’s what you’ll receive today when you join:

Other Fishing Tips You May Like :

2 Ways To Rig Gulp Peeler Crabs (For Redfish & Black Drum)

If you want to catch fish with Gulp Peeler Crabs, you need to make them look natural. These two ways of rigging them let the crab appear to take up a...
See Full post

How Fishing Stories Let One Angler Quit His Job & Start A Fishing Show

There's something magical about being out on the water, right? In this podcast episode, Ronnie Green from "A Fishing Story" shares his story of how...
See Full post
No comments
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x

Get Instant Access To “The Inshore Fishing Manifesto” PDF Now

You’ll automatically be emailed a private link to download your PDF, plus you’ll be added to the Salt Strong Newsletter.
(Please double-check your email below to ensure delivery.)