How To Find New Inshore Spots (On Tough, Windy Days)


The winds are blowing at 15 mph and there are white caps at your go-to spot… what do you do?

That was the exact situation Luke and I found ourselves in the other day.

Normally, we like to fish the wind-blown side of a shoreline during summer because the water will be cooler and have more dissolved oxygen in it (which is what the fish are looking for).

Unfortunately, on this day, though, the white caps made it impossible.

But since we don’t always get the chance to go fishing, we have to make do with the conditions we’re given, right?

If you’ve ever found yourself in a similar situation, you’re going to love this video.

Join us live and uncut as we come up with an alternate game plan and still pluck out a few nice fish (even though there were no other boats on the water and we were in a spot we’d never been to).

You’ll learn:

  • How to come up with a successful plan B
  • Just how shallow big redfish, snook, and trout will actually hold
  • Where to find hungry fish (vs. where to find spooky fish)
  • Luke’s #1 tip for catching fish on tough days
  • And much more

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tip to catch more speckled trout

Even though our first spot was blown out, we were still able to come up with a plan B and catch some snook and trout in a short amount of time.

If you find yourself in a similar situation, find some cover and follow what the current trends are.

On this particular day, the fish were holding shallow under mangroves, so we tossed the Alabama Leprechaun to shallow water under mangroves and it produced fish for us.

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Steve Varnell
2 years ago

You have to drive to Bradenton and speak with the the great people at Beavertail. Multiple options and great products. I agree with the Suzuki decision.

John Martin
2 years ago

I go weedless with heavier 1/2 oz to 3/8 oz. in 15” weed beds at dust ,fish until the bugs start to kill me. In Florida my huge Expandacraft takes me out in winter any weather
and have an 8’ wide x 12’ long deck. Made in st Pete. Have 55thrust Minn Kota up front
and 3.5 hp Suzuki . Waves do nothing. 4” can go. I have a Lund 18 fisher. And 30hp Yamaha 2 stroke. Hanks tons. I always use fish smell like rock bass and perch on my hands and plastic

Brett Landon
2 years ago

What are your requirements for your new boat? With so many options available, especially here in Florida, it’s almost confusing. I’ve narrowed down my search by my needs. A technical poling skiff is going to suit me the best. Although I want to have the ability to venture offshore on calm days, and have extended running capability, I live farther from inlets, so I’d use a poling skiff more.

Next is the type of construction. As you may know, I’ve spent 26 years in the composites industry from marine to aerospace. Stick with lighter weight materials (carbon fiber/glass combinations). Kevlar boats are not what they seem. Kevlar is extremely flexible, so they have to be constructed with a sandwich core in order to maintain rigidity. Sure, they’re great against impact damage and are lightweight but with the expense, you’re better off going with carbon fiber and/or fiberglass that’s been resin infused. It is the best process technology for building boats, but here again, not all are equal.

Yellowfin has a 17′ skiff. They’re lightweight, technical poling skiffs but they’re on the expensive side.

East Cape is near the top. Maverick, of course, is as well.

Hell’s Bay Boatworks probably has the best legacy. Their boats originated from the masters of the skinny water fishing world (Designer Chris Morejohn, and fishermen Stu Apt, Sandy Moret, Flip Pallot, etc). The Chris Morejohn designs at Hell’s Bay and East Cape are incredible. His history working at Hell’s Bay designing and building the boats they still make today is a testament, and since he’s gone independent, other boat companies have hired him to design their skiffs, such as the Floyd 10 Wt by Floyd Skiff Co, and the H:Skiff18 at Hayaari Marine.

If your needs are more on the bay boat side for more people on board, I’d recommend not getting a hybrid. May as well get a full on offshore center console. Two of the oddest bay boats that won’t break the bank but will hold up to 8 people but run in 6 inches are the Sundance B22 CCR or B20 CCR. This Carolina Skiff sister company made it to be comfortable for the family with get out and fish capability. Can’t put a poling platform on it, though. Too heavy.

The Mako 18 LTS and 21 LTS are fantastic boats. Lots of deck space, like the Maverick, and many of the same features you have on your Maverick (trolling motor, casting platform, poling platform, etc) can be added to them. I’d go with a lean post instead of their flip back cooler seats. Those are cheap and I hate them (personal preference).

Pathfinder boats, owned by Maverick, are fantastic and versatile boats as well. The 2200 is a true bay boat.

I envy your position to buy a new boat!

Luke Simonds
2 years ago
Reply to  Brett Landon

Thanks so much for making time to leave the helpful comment Brett! There are so many variables to take into account, so the boat selection process can certainly be daunting.

2 years ago

Not quite sure you receive this email I am one of your 80-year-old member,If not the only. Joe Marino in Clear Lake Texas. I’ve written before in the course of Muddy Waters and rough fishing conditions I’m always looking for answers to improve my catching. I’ve been fishing this area for some 40 years and have done little to moderate catching, nothing to talk much about. I hoped with some better education I might be able to up my bites. I actually fish each Monday and Friday if possible, mostly to avoid boat traffic and noise.
But, my fishing is not the reason for this email and would always appreciate any help for the love of fishing that I have.
In your video I just reviewed I see you two talk about a new boat. I can tell you I’ve probably had 10 boats over the years. The one I have now is serving me well in so many ways. In fact this is the third Mako I’ve had over the years. In the early 70s and 80s Mako always built strong boats that do great, at that times upper bays near the jetties and sometimes offshore. 
Now I have an 18 foot Mako LTS skinny water boat with a 90 hp Mercury two-stroke three cylinder.
She’ll run 38 miles an hour and at 4000 RPMs a decent speed burning little amounts of fuel. That engine is big enough for this boat.
This boat has plenty of room with the standup deck on front and rear. The live bait well has served well over the years and the cooler under the seat is more than adequate for fish and refreshments. I have two batteries and the Perko switch so I rotate each time I use the boat, never had a problem with that. This is a strong well-built boat, I recommend you taking a look at Mako. 
I have gone to Florida and have bought boats, last one in Sarasota. So, you’re in the boat capital of the world and should find every make of boat at great prices. At this time I’m wanting to stay inshore and again unfortunately we have muddy water.
I am enjoying watching your weekly videos and trying to mimic what I see. Hopefully, it may lead to more bites and better catching.
Kind regards, Joe Marino

Luke Simonds
2 years ago
Reply to  JOE MARINO

Thanks so much for making time to leave the helpful comment Joe! I’ll make sure to check out Mako boats.

As for getting help finding fish in your area, make sure to go through the Finding Spots Mastery course lessons to learn the core strategies in finding the feeding zones based on the conditions you’ll be fishing any given day. And then check out the weekly Game Plan lessons to see the latest and greatest feeding trends.

Jim Leas
2 years ago

How can it be out fishing all other lures when you both are fishing the same lure all day ???

Chuck Phillippi
2 years ago

Great podcast. Just a thought what about raffling off your old one, for a new one. It gives us (Salt Strong Insiders) a way to give back to Salt Strong and we all have can have a part in the new boat!

Luke Simonds
2 years ago

I don’t believe that we can legally raffle off the boat because many states consider that a lottery system which is not legal for companies to run.

Bill Zimmer
2 years ago

Even though you never discussed it, It was interesting to see how you both were successful working the same lure differently. As Yogi Berra said, “you can see a lot just by looking”. You discussed learning and as a golf professional that worked with 1000’s of people, I can tell you that your brain will use it’s experience in other sports, movements, etc. to relate to what is being taught. Regarding casting, the simple fact is that the fishing pole is a single lever, if you move one end back, the other end will move forward!

Luke Simonds
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill Zimmer

Thanks for making time to leave the nice comment Bill!

Gary Yoder
2 years ago

key west 230br ..fantastic fishing & drinking boat..get shallow as a foot & been 32 miles offshore on right day!! yamaha 250 sho vmax..topped out 57 mph ..two weeks ago on drinking day had six adults @ 50 mph. quality & layout is perfect!!!

Luke Simonds
2 years ago
Reply to  Gary Yoder

Our dad has that same boat… it has been very impressive.

Adam Collier
2 years ago

I’ve been looking hard at Tiburon boats to eventually replace my bluewave 2200 STL that has been a great boat. Their hull design is like none other.

Luke Simonds
2 years ago
Reply to  Adam Collier

Thanks for making time to leave the helpful comment. I’ll be sure to check out the Tiburon boat models.

Tom Marks
2 years ago

Joe and Luke, you may want to investigate Evinrude a little further before buying.

BRP, in a statement on its website, said, that it has “re-oriented its marine business by focusing on the growth of its boat brands with new technology and innovative marine products. We will discontinue production of Evinrude E-TEC and E-TEC G2 outboard engines. Our Sturtevant, WI, facility, will be repurposed for new projects to pursue our plan to provide consumers with an unparalleled experience on the water.”

Luke Simonds
2 years ago
Reply to  Tom Marks

Thanks for making time to leave the helpful comment Tom!


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