6 Tips To Fish Tree-Lined Shorelines For More Strikes

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Do you fish tree-lined shorelines?

These are some of the best places to find fish because they have everything predator fish need:

  • Food (such as baitfish and crustaceans)
  • And protection from bigger fish

But as far as actually catching them, given all of the roots and rocks where you can lose fish or get your lure snagged, things can get a little tricky.

So in this video, I’m going to share with you my best tips to catch fish in these spots.

I’ve used these tips to catch loads of redfish, trout, and snook under trees.

Check it out below.

How To Fish Tree-Lined Shorelines [VIDEO]

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To catch more fish along tree-lined shorelines, check out these six tips:

Tip #1: Go heavier on the gear

There’s obviously a lot of structure that you can get snagged on under trees, including tree roots, rocks, and oysters, so you’ll want to use heavier gear than if you were fishing an open flat.

I usually use 15-20 lb. braid and 25-30 lb. leader.

Tip #2: Rig your lures weedless

I like to use a paddletail, like the Slam Shady, a jerk shad, like the Alabama Leprechaun, or a soft plastic shrimp.

I’ll rig all of these weedless on a weighted swimbait hook, such as this Owner TwistLock hook.

Also, after every cast, check your lure to make sure it’s still weedless.

Tip #3: Avoid spots where the water runs way under the trees

Chances are, the fish are way back near the shoreline, and even if you could get your lure back there, you probably wouldn’t be able to get the fish out.

Ideally, you want to find an area where the water is running only a few feet back.

Tip #4: Hit all holes, pockets, and points

People often wait until they find something that looks easy to cast to, or they see fish, but it’s usually the spots that are difficult to cast to that are holding fish.

Tip #5: Skip cast cast your lure under the trees

When the water is high, fish are likely hanging near the roots and skip casting your lure under the overhanging branches is the best way to get to them.

Tip #6: Cast parallel to shorelines

When the water is lower, the fish will probably be hanging just a few feet out from the tres, so you can catch them by casting and retrieving your lure parallel to the shoreline.


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No matter where you’re fishing or what species you’re targeting, you can usually find fish around tree-lined shorelines hiding from predators and looking for an easy meal.

Keep the tips above in mind to catch more fish and get snagged less.

Have any questions about fishing around tree-lined shorelines?

Let us know in the comments below.

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Tina Roberts
Tina Roberts
12 hours ago

Great video Tony, thank you

18 hours ago


19 hours ago

Thank You so much.

Stan Mitchell
Stan Mitchell
20 hours ago

Yes sir good stuff, thanks Tony !

Tom Marks
Tom Marks
20 hours ago

All great tips, Tony. Now, I just have to get back to Florida to put it all to use.

Edward Dietrich
Edward Dietrich
21 hours ago

Thanks for more great tips. I am having trouble with the owner twist jig to go into the slam shady. What is the trick? I have no problem with DOA, OR Gambler plastics.

Ed, Crystal River,Fl.

19 hours ago

I fuse the hook to puncture the front of my plastic ( Z man type)
Makes it easier to start the twist connection

Tom Watts
Tom Watts
22 hours ago

Tony, Very good. THank you. Tom Watts, Naples, Fl.


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