Best Fishing Tips (Salt Strong Newsletter April 14, 2019)

By: Joe Simonds on April 12, 2019
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It’s newsletter time!

We had an amazing week over here at Salt Strong and I hope you did, too.

Fat trout seemed to be the theme this week, and we tackled some pretty important topics on the podcast, so to make sure you didn’t miss out on anything, here’s the weekly newsletter!

We’ve got some special new features first, then Insider tips, followed by the public tips, and then the Salt Strong Podcast.


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Trout looks nice,water still to cold here in Norfolk Vs. making a trip St.Augustine next month what’s running at that time of the year.

Luke Simonds

St. Augustine has a good fishery all year long… can catch redfish, speckled trout, and flounder there all year. Here’s a video of a recent trip we had there in case you didn’t see it:


I was curious as the size line recommended for Bull reds from the surf. I am trying to learn how to surf cast. I am attempting to get the most distance from my cast while retaining the strength to catch the reds out here in Louisiana.

Luke Simonds

If only targetting bull reds, then a 30lb + braid would be what I’d use because it can provide plenty of power to control a big red in the surf while being thin enough to cast far and minimize water drag on the line.

But if you’re using lighter tackle, you can still catch big reds on lighter line 10 to 15 lb as long as there isn’t a lot of structure or current… some of my biggest reds have been landed on just 10 lb braid.


Can I use regular mono as a shock leader or should I use fluorocarbon leader? Also, what rig what you recommend for surf fishing?

I appreciate your advice.

Luke Simonds

Yes, you can use mono as a lead instead of the more expensive fluorocarbon… not only has it been done for many years before fluoro was introduced, but I’ve been going back and forth from fluoro to mono and I can’t tell a difference in fish catching.

Thomas Ross

Good stuff. Maybe you have covered in the past, but if not an overview of different types of seagrass and how it helps knowing them for fishing may be helpful. Tight lines.

Luke Simonds

Great suggestion Thomas! We have not yet covered the types of seagrass yet, so we’ll add it to our list of topics to address.

For now, I’ll just give my thoughts on good grass vs. not so good grass in the simplest terms… the good grass is rooted in the ground, and the not so good grass is the type that gets moved in the current (often referred to as “tumbleweed grass”).