Exploration Trip To Palmetto: Redfish, Seatrout, Snook, And Crazy Dog
It is always fun to get out to a new fishing spot in search of new waters and structures that may be holding big fish.
But how do you know where to set up and start looking for fish?
What kinds of lures are best for exploring new fishing spots?
Check out the answers here!!!
Exploration Trip To Palmetto: Redfish, Seatrout, & Snook [VIDEO]
Pre-Planning For An Exploration Trip
When exploring potential fishing spots, it is a safe plan to start out with a paddletail and power fish an area to cover ground and find where the fish are.
After you found some nice water that is holding some fish, you can use some finesse lures or continue with the paddletails.
Prior to actually going out to a new spot, it is a good idea to check out maps ot see potential areas of interest to scout where there are ledges or cuts with structure that fish may be held up in.
Just as important are tides, wind forecast, and current feeding trends of fish in that area.
It is also smart to look at a number of different areas to fish so you can hop from spot to spot looking for fish and gaining knowledge about the area.
By setting yourself up in a feeding zone with moving water and structure off of a point or some mangroves, you can tell almost immediately if there are fish in that spot.
Even if you are in a new area, the feeding trends are what will get you in the best position to catch more fish without having to rely on live bait.
Finding schools of bait will also only increase your chances as odds are there will be fish around.
Jumping around to new areas and covering ground will also help you learn more about the new spot you are fishing.
You can truly never gain too much knowledge when it comes to fishing and especially when exploring new areas you want to make sure you soak up as much information as possible.
Best Lures For Exploration Trips
The Slam Shady Bomber is the go-to lure for prospecting new areas and covering lots of ground.
All it takes is casting it out and straight retrieve of the lure and you can include an occasional twitch or pause now and then.
The Bomber will mainly do the work for you in swimming great in all types of water and attracting fish.
Late summer and all of the fall fish tend to strike the bigger lures more often.
If a bite slows down or some of the conditions change, try picking up and moving to a new area that you previously scouted.
You can never go wrong matching the hatch.
If you see there are smaller baitfish around, you can switch your lure to the Slam Shady 2.0 paddletail.
In the case the fish are feeding on small bait and the paddletails aren’t getting as many strikes, the ever-so versatile “Nub” rig might be a good changeup.
By just tearing off the tail of the paddletail, you are left with a smaller jerk bait that has a small profile to match the bait in the water.
Tip For Fishing The Mangroves
Finding some mangroves with overhanging trees and grass hanging off of them creates little pockets and holes that snook or other fish will like to hold up in.
Try to skip your lure right through the overhanging trees and under the mangroves to put it right on those fish.
If you see small baitfish skipping out of the water or getting scared, it is probably because there is a fish holding up against the mangroves.
Gear Used In This Trip:
- Rod: Prototype Salt Strong Custom Rod from Mudhole
- Reel: Prototype Salt Strong Reel (my first time using it)
- Mainline: J-Braid 8 Grand – 10 lb test
- Leaders: Ande Mono – 20 lb & Ande Mono – 30 lb
- Scent: Dr. Juice Inshore Slam Scent
- Glasses: Smith Optics Guide’s Choice – Green Mirror Glass
Exploring new fishing spots is all about finding the feeding zones and staying up to date on the current fish feeding trends.
If you know the feeding trends, you can head out with a few artificial lures and find fish.
Preparation and knowing the trends are what will set you apart and get you on big fish.
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