How To Fish Mangrove Shorelines (To Catch Redfish, Trout, & Snook)
By: Luke Simonds on June 24, 2020
Mangroves are some of the best places to catch fish.
They’ve got everything predator fish need:
- Cover to stay safe from predators
- Baitfish and crustaceans to eat
However, they can be tricky to fish if you don’t know what you’re doing.
It’s very easy to get snagged in the limbs and roots, plus some sections of the mangroves will hold more fish than others, so you could be in a dead zone and not even know it.
In this video, you’re going to learn:
- The two places within a mangrove shoreline that hold the most fish
- The best lures to use (and why lures can outfish live bait here)
- What to look for when drifting a mangrove shoreline
- And much more
If you want to get better at catching fish around mangrove shorelines, check out the video below.
P.S. Shoutout to Kieran Kidder and Capt. Peter Deeks for landing that nice trout pictured above!
How To Catch Fish In Mangroves [VIDEO]
The 2 Best Spots In Mangroves
When fishing any body of water, 90% of the fish are in 10% of the water.
And when fishing any mangrove shoreline, here are the two types of spots most likely to hold the 90% of fish:
These two changes in a mangrove shoreline are where predator fish congregate most to look for an easy meal.
You can skip cast your lure under the trees in coves or points, or cast it parallel to a point and retrieve it right in front of it.
And here’s another thing to look for when you’re drifting along a mangrove shoreline: the three b’s.
Here’s what the three b’s are:
In the video, I saw a mullet swim off of a point, and sure enough, it wasn’t too long before Joe hooked up there.
Lures vs. Live Bait (When Fishing Mangroves)
When it comes to fishing mangroves, you need to cover lots of ground.
If you’ve got a shoreline that’s several hundred yards long, you need to find where along the shoreline the fish like to hang out.
Sure, you could soak a live shrimp along a point or in a cove, but it could take several minutes to decide whether or not a spot holds fish.
On the other hand, if you drift or use a trolling motor to cover ground and make lots of casts to points and coves with artificial lures, then you can find where the fish are much quicker.
Because lures can help you quickly find feeding fish, I’ve found them to be better than live bait when fishing mangroves.
The Best Lures For Fishing Mangroves
Two of our favorite lures for fishing mangroves are paddletails and jerk shads.
Here are two reasons why:
- They catch fish
- They can be rigged weedless
These lures can be worked so that they resemble injured baitfish or fleeing shrimp, which predator fish, like snook, trout, or redfish, can’t resist.
Also, by using weighted swimbait hooks, you can bury the point in the lure and rig them weedless so that they get snagged much less frequently.
This is very important because if you have an exposed hook point, you’re going to catch a lot of trees, rocks, or oysters.
You can get our favorite paddletail, the Slam Shady, by clicking here.
You can get our favorite jerk shad, the Alabama Leprechaun, by clicking here.
Mangrove shorelines are some of my favorite spots to fish, but in order to be successful, you need to remember these two major things:
- Fish points and coves
- Cover lots of ground
If you do that, you’ll find fish.
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