How To Catch Inshore Fish From A Boat Without A Trolling Motor
Here’s a question I got recently:
Is it possible to go out and catch inshore fish in an offshore boat?
Yes, it’s definitely possible!
Even if you have a shallow running boat or don’t have a trolling motor, you can still catch inshore fish.
Sure, you won’t be sight fishing reds in the shallows, but in this video, you’ll learn how to catch a ton of trout, mackerel, and jacks without having to go offshore.
Check it out below!
Catch Inshore Fish In An Offshore Boat [VIDEO]
Trolling paddletails on the edges of flats with seagrass or oyster beds is one of the best and easiest ways to get tons of tight lines.
Here are 5 steps for how to do it successfully:
Step #1: Drift or troll
To find the fish, you need to cover ground.
If it’s windy or the current is really moving, then you can turn your motor off and drift.
If it’s a calm day, you can turn the motor on and either keep it in the lowest idle speed or a few taps forward.
You don’t want to be cruising through the flats, but you also don’t want to be going so slow your lure is dragging the bottom.
Step #2: Find the depth the fish are holding
Sometimes the fish will be on the shallower side of the edge, other times they’ll be a little deeper.
To find that ideal depth, I like to zig zag along the along the edge and make a note of where I’m getting strikes.
Step #3: Slow down to fish the honey holes
As you’re trolling, you’ll find that some areas hold more fish than others.
You can stop trolling and anchor up or slowly drift those areas to catch more fish.
Step #4: Experiment with different rod actions
Sometimes the fish like when you hold the rod still and let the paddletail do the action.
Other times, they’ll hit more when you jig it up and down a little bit.
Do some experimenting to see what they’re preferring that day.
Step #5: Check your lure for grass
Dragging around a clump of weeds won’t catch you any fish, so be sure to check your lure for grass every so often.
The good thing with paddletails is that you can feel the wobble of the lure in the water.
You’ll also get used to the weight of the lure, so if it feels a little heavier, you probably have some grass stuck on it.
Best Equipment For Trolling Paddletails
You don’t need anything fancy to do this type of fishing.
You can just use your typical inshore fishing setup consisting of:
- 7′ 6″ fishing rod
- 2000 – 3000 spinning reel
- 10 lb. braid
- 30 lb. mono
- 1/4 oz. jig head
- Slam Shady paddletail
Trolling a paddletail behind your boat on the edge of a flat is a great way to get lots of tight lines.
You don’t need a fancy boat or equipment and you don’t even need to be good at casting.
It’s great for kids, new anglers, and even experienced anglers who just want to have fun and catch a ton of fish.
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