Exploration Trip In A River System For Snook & Redfish [Insider Report]
How do you find fish when you are testing out new waters on an exploration trip?
If you are exploring a river system, what are the key spots to look for?
Fishing river systems and creeks provide a lot of opportunities to catch a variety of species and hopefully complete an inshore slam.
Learn more below!!
Exploration Trip In A River System [VIDEO]
Equipment Used In This Trip:
- Deep Lure Setup
- Second Setup
How To Quickly Find Fish In A New Area
If you are planning for an exploration trip, be sure to have different types of lures available depending on the situation.
You should always have a shrimp imitation lure and a small as well as a larger paddletail lure.
Be on the lookout for birds or any other signs there may be fish.
The first thing to focus on for any exploration trip is finding the fish and then the next step is catching those fish.
Cold fronts bring in cold water and fish become lethargic and unwilling to chase after a meal.
The Power Prawn Jr. allows you to slowly bounce a shrimp lure along the bottom so you can present it right in the fish’s face.
Aim your casts up along the edges and mangroves so you can bounce the lure along the bottom back to you.
Try to look for creek mouths with troughs or some depth where fish can hold.
Look for deeper cuts and ledges at creek mouths where the river fills into a bay and bounce your lure along the drop-off.
If you see action and catch a fish but after covering the area you aren’t catching any other fish, it is time to try a different lure.
In order to prevent getting snagged in mangroves, bury the hook point just below the surface in your lure on a weedless hook.
This way you can cast way up underneath the mangroves to present your lure right in front of a fish.
How To Position Your Boat For Catching Lethargic Fish
If after you cover a cove or an area and you haven’t caught any fish, it is a good idea to get a bit closer and observe the structure.
You will be able to see approximately how deep the water is and if it is worth throwing more casts deeper into the mangroves.
This will help you predict where the fish could possibly be holding along the shoreline.
What To Keep An Eye Out For
Always be on the lookout for birds and bait.
If you see birds diving or congregating in one area, it is worth checking out.
Any signs of life can indicate fish in the water.
Search for the 90/10 zone where the fish are holding and are willing to feed.
Lure Selection Tips For Post-Cold Front Fishing
The Power Prawn Jr. on a jighead is the preferred lure for deeper water situations when you need a lure to dive deeper and bounce the bottom.
For shallow water fishing, the Slam Shady rigged on an Owner Weighted Twistlock Hook is the way to go.
As the weather cools and the water gets colder, smaller lures are best because the small baits are being pushed out of river systems into the Gulf and larger bays.
As winter approaches, smaller lures will match the hatch and trigger strikes from lethargic fish.
Be sure to scan over areas and cover ground so you present your lure right in front of a fish.
The main thing when fishing new areas is keeping an eye out for any signs of life!
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