How To Fish Beach Points For Trout, Snook, Jacks, & Sharks

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Do you want to catch a lot of fish in a short amount of time?

Fishing beach points is one of the best ways to do that!

And not only can you quickly catch a ton of fish… but you also don’t need a fancy boat or kayak — you can do it from shore!

In this video, we’re going LIVE with Wader Dave as he and Luke fished a small beach point and caught loads of fish, including, snook, speckled trout, and jacks.

Luke even had a run-in with the tax man as you can see in the picture above!

And as they were fishing, Wader Dave shared a ton of tips, such as:

  • How to find the best beach fishing spots
  • What lures to use
  • The #1 thing you need to do to catch fish in these types of spots
  • The best time of day to catch boatloads of fish
  • And much more

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How To Find Good Beach Points To Fish

There are two things that you want to look for when looking for a good beach point to fish:

  1. Current
  2. Structure

At this spot we had lots of current as the outgoing tide was ripping and bringing out lots of bait.

The current also created some steep dropoffs, as well as troughs near the shore, so that provided the structure fish like to hunt near.

And when you’re fishing the beach, know that the fish are right at these depth changes.

Many people wade out to chest-deep water casting their lures out as far as they can, but in reality, the fish are usually behind them!

They’re in the troughs that run parallel to the shore (so they might be just a foot or two off of the beach) and where the depth is changing along the points.

So cast to these areas, not out in the deep water.

Use Light Gear For Beach Fishing

When you’re fishing beaches for snook, trout, and jacks, you don’t need heavy gear.

There’s not a lot of rocks or tree roots around that will break you off, so you can get away with a lighter setup.

Here’s what Wader Dave was using:

  • Medium action 7′ 6″ rod
  • 3000 size reel
  • 10 lb braid
  • 30 lb fluorocarbon leader

Best Lures For Beach Fishing

snook fishing from the beach

We used a few different lures on this trip, including:

  • A 1/2 oz bucktail with white and green and/or red
  • A new shrimp lure we’re trying out (keep on the lookout for some big news about this lure!)
  • Dartspin

And with all of these lures, here’s the key: the fish are feeding on the bottom, so that’s where you need to get your lure.

Wader Dave was using a 1/2 oz bucktail and Luke was using a 1/2 oz jig head to make sure their lures were getting into the strike zone.

And once they felt their lures hit the bottom, they were bouncing them along to get fish to strike.

Best Time To Catch Fish Along The Beach

One more thing to note about fishing the beaches in the summertime is that it’s very dependent on time of day.

When we first got to the water, we were hooking up almost every cast.

But then, about an hour after sunrise (and towards the end of this video), the bite slowed down drastically.

So if you do decide to hit the beaches this summer, be sure to have a line in the water very close to sunrise and sunset.

Conclusion

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What a fun trip!

I hope you enjoyed this episode and learned a lot about catching fish from the beaches around points.

Here are the biggest things to keep in mind:

  • Look for current
  • Look for dropoffs
  • Use a heavy enough lure or jig head to bounce your lure on the bottom
  • Fish right around sunrise and sunset

If you want more Wader Dave, you can check him out at his website, WadersGuide.com, or you can get the wade fishing course he created with us where he shares all of his secrets.

Click here to get Wader Dave’s Wade Fishing Mastery.

Have any questions about fishing beach points?

Let us know down in the comments!

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Marc Wisniewski
Marc Wisniewski
28 days ago

Great podcast. More wader Dave any time! I was surprised about 1/2 ounce bucktails! Seems heavier that you normally suggest. It obviously works. Can you tell me why the 1/2 ounce. It doesn’t look like its needed for distance. Bottom contact? Heavy current? I’d never think of bringing 1/2 ounce down there for beach fishing but now I’m intrigued.

David Ulgenalp
David Ulgenalp
28 days ago

Marc,

Glad you enjoyed the podcast. 1/2 oz is heavier than I normally use when wade fishing inshore waters and you are correct that it’s not for distance as most of the fish aren’t more than thirty or forty feet from where we were casting. I need a 1/2 oz jig to get the lure to the bottom in the fast current that runs along the point we were fishing. Most of the big snook, as well as trout and reds, are hanging right on the bottom or near the bottom. It’s important to make sure that you give the jig a chance to hit bottom before starting a retrieve that allows the jig to bounce along the bottom with the current. A lighter jig gets carried away to quickly and to high in the water column, making it less attractive to the snook. Hope that helps. Wader Dave

Marc Wisniewski
Marc Wisniewski
26 days ago
Reply to  David Ulgenalp

Makes perfect sense. I’ll have to add some heavier jigs to my arsenal. I run into this in Siesta Key at Big Sarasota Pass. The current BLOWS through there on an outgoing and its tough to keep normal jigs anywhere near the bottom. I see you use or pour old school round heads. There are dozens of jig head shapes these days. Do you tie on plain round heads for a reason? Or, just what has always worked for you? Thanks for your help, Dave. I’m from Wisconsin, but I get down there to shore/pier/beach fish as much as I can. Its great to learn as much as I can on podcasts like this so I can make the most of my time when I’m down there.

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith
1 month ago

Great video podcast. Very interested in trying out some of those shrimp lures.

Lee Myers
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Lee Myers
1 month ago

Love these podcast style videos!! Quick question for yall, is this kind of fishing worth doing during the other seasons or is it really just during the summer months?

Luke Simonds
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1 month ago
Reply to  Lee Myers

Points like this can hold fish all year long.

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 month ago

Excellent podcast- video. Select the proper location and you can have some fun getting tight lines! Good info thanks.

Luke Simonds
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1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Thanks for making time to leave the nice comment!

John S
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John S
1 month ago

Two questions: 1. When fishing the bucktail do you add any type of bait? 2. Why don’t you guys use dehookers to release your fish?
Thanks

Luke Simonds
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1 month ago
Reply to  John S

We most often do not tip the bucktails. We use dehookers when a fish is hooked deep, but they generally aren’t needed when a fish aren’t hooked deep.

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 month ago

Great Video!! Brazilian Shrimp looks awesome!

Luke Simonds
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1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Thanks!

Stephen Choate
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Stephen Choate
1 month ago

Where do I buy the lure Luke was using?

John Mitchell
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John Mitchell
1 month ago

Great podcast guys. Can’t wait for the shrimp rigs to be available !!!🎣💪

Luke Simonds
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1 month ago
Reply to  John Mitchell

Thanks Stan!

jon johansson
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jon johansson
1 month ago

Great video. What is the make and model of Dave’s boat?

Nick Nemeth
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Nick Nemeth
1 month ago

This was a fantastic podcast. I’ve been waiting for this one. Thanks for coming through with the request guys!

Thomas Manley
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Thomas Manley
1 month ago

Wader Dave picked a really good spot for you guys to enjoy your morning. I used to live off Anclote Key and fished that area exclusively for years. That point along with the other end of that island were two really good spots. Did you get a chance to fish the outside swash channel of the North end of Honeymoon Island? The area is loaded with big Snook this time of year and usually productive in the evening hours on an incoming tide. Early Morning just before daybreak would be great too.
I used to like the South Entrance of Gulf Harbors for trout and up closer to shore for the Reds. Lots of great fishing in the area as well as by the Shacks in New Port Richie. Great Video and brought back lots of memories. Thanks for sharing with us.

Franklin Valencia
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Franklin Valencia
1 month ago

Ton o’ fun out there…there’s nothing refreshing like fishing at the beach…miss fishing that style for so long. Man guys hook it up with those shrimp lures…they look great and love to report my success with them as well. They look very life like! RIP that poor Jack! Oh and lots of thanks to Wader Dave…great insight and techniques he provided!

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Greg
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Greg
1 month ago

Very good stuff!

Caden Kaufman
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Caden Kaufman
1 month ago

Would a paddle tail work.

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 month ago
Reply to  Joseph Simonds

Thanks

Caden Kaufman
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Caden Kaufman
1 month ago
Reply to  Joseph Simonds

Would a curly tail work in limetrues

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