How An Ex-Bass Angler Is Now Winning Inshore Saltwater Awards

By: Joseph Simonds on December 13, 2019
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Talk about stepping up your fishing game!

Today’s guest, Insider member, Dave Otte, went from nearly giving up on saltwater fishing because he wasn’t catching anything, to now placing in inshore kayak tournaments and winning angler of the year in his local fishing club.

Isn’t that awesome?!

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Dave was one of those guys who invested in a nice kayak and saltwater fishing gear, only to find out that fishing was a lot harder than he anticipated.

He was frustrated with getting skunked nearly every trip out, and tips from his well-meaning friends weren’t helping.

Sound familiar?

It wasn’t until he invested in his fishing education that he finally turned it around, started catching fish, and having fun on the water.

In this podcast episode, Dave shares:

  • How he went from consistently getting skunked to consistently placing in tournaments (and having a lot more fun fishing)
  • The mindset that it takes to be a successful fisherman
  • The one thing that nearly all beginning anglers struggle with
  • Why it’s not all about the fishing spots that your friends tell you about
  • How to go from a good angler to a great angler
  • And the value of relationships (hint: it helps with fishing, but it’s also way more than that)

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Bass Angler Turned Saltwater Fisherman [PODCAST]

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How To Find Fishing Spots In Deep Or Murky Water

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One thing Dave talked a lot about was our new tool, Smart Fishing Tides.

Specifically, he’s been using the sonar map to find dropoffs in creeks and rivers that he couldn’t find on satellite maps.

This is especially important for late fall and winter, since fish will be looking for deeper, warmer, pockets of water when it gets cold, but they also want to be close to shallow water when the sun comes out.

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Can you imagine making a transformation like Dave?

Going from a frustrated angler, to a consistent angler…

Or even going from a good angler to a great angler!

It’s all possible if you just invest in your fishing education and start learning from other experienced fishermen.

And the best way to do that is to join the Salt Strong Insider Club.

Dave’s story is just one of hundreds of stories of anglers finally learning how to consistently catch fish and have more fun on the water.

Plus, we’ve got over 1,000 fishing guides in the club, so it’s helping anglers of all experience levels.

Click here to join the Salt Strong Insider Club.

Have any questions about inshore fishing, winter fishing, or stepping up your fishing game?

Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Weekly “spot dissection” videos that walk you through all the best spots in certain areas
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  • Everything you need to start catching fish more consistently (regardless if you fish out of a boat, kayak, or land).

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Thomas Campbell
5 months ago

Dave is like family! And a great person! He can definitely teach you a thing or two! Take it from me. He put me On my first bull red!

Dave Otte
5 months ago

Thanks Thomas that was a great day! I’ll never forget the look you gave me as your drag was screaming!