Inshore Fishing 101: This Is How To Never Get Skunked

How often are you coming back from a fishing trip with nothing to show for it?

Are there techniques and tactics to prevent getting skunked out on the water?

All it takes is putting in the time and covering lots of water to find fish and never get skunked again.

So listen in as we share our thoughts on inshore fishing tactics and how to prevent coming up empty on your trips!

You will learn some of the best techniques and tactics for finding spots to fish and then locating the fish once you are settled at a scouted fishing spot.

You can watch the video version of this podcast below (which I highly recommend), listen to the audio version by clicking the play button underneath it, or listen to it on iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify.

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Inshore Fishing 101 [VIDEO]

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Here is a timestamped version of the podcast:

  • 3:30 – What NOT to do
  • 6:13 – The BEST inshore fishing lure!
  • 7:38 – Master one lure at a time
  • 8:08 – Advantages of the paddletail lure
  • 9:52 – Leader options
  • 10:21 – Types of leader line
  • 10:51 – Knot options
  • 11:10 – Knot on jigheads
  • 11:52 – Importance of mainline choice
  • 15:19 – Benefits of using a jighead
  • 15:39 – Rod choices
  • 16:07 – Trolling over the flats with younger kids
  • 16:49 – Best reel options
  • 17:54 – Types of jigheads
  • 19:33 – Best fishing spots
  • 20:15 – Process for finding fishing spots in open bays
  • 21:16 – What to look for in a new spot
  • 22:05 – What to do if you don’t have a trolling motor
  • 25:03 – Just start with going out and catching fish
  • 25:49 – Fishing spot example
  • 26:54 – If you don’t have a boat, THIS is what to do
  • 27:25 – Where the fish are going to be
  • 28:01 – Where to target fish
  • 28:30 – Baitfish highways
  • 28:46 – If you aren’t catching fish, it is rare it is because of the lure
  • 29:36 – The three B’s
  • 30:04 – Birds = Baitfish
  • 31:43 – Best conditions to catch the most fish
  • 32:01 – Fishing in marsh and river systems
  • 32:37 – Where to focus your fishing in marsh systems
  • 33:40 – Number one zone for marsh systems fishing
  • 34:10 – 90/10 Rule
  • 35:13 – Importance of tides and water flow
  • 36:06 – Fish feeding times
  • 36:29 – Positioning tactics
  • 37:36 – Trolling techniques
  • 38:05 – Retrieving your lures in the current
  • 38:11 – Recap of gear and equipment
  • 39:02 – Slam Shady 2.0 Paddletails
  • 40:37 – Salt Strong Insider Club Courses
  • 45:38 – Paddletail retrieve



The key to inshore fishing for beginners is to keep it simple and do not overcomplicate things.

If you stay consistent and scout fishing spots to learn more about structure, fish behavior, and bait patterns, then you will have the blueprint for getting tight lines.

You will make mistakes and the key is to learn from them and build on them on your quest to catching more fish and avoid skunked fishing trips!

If you have any further questions on inshore fishing, please ask us down in the comments!

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Christian Amato
2 years ago

Great video and lots of helpful tips but I was wondering how similar is snook/ red fishing to striped bass fishing . And would these tips apply to bass fishing?

Ron Whetstone
2 years ago

Great video. One thing I would like to add about spinning reel size. I am a tall guy 6′ 3″ with fairly large hands. Even though you might only need a 2500 size reel I would consider not getting anything smaller than a 3000 if you are tall or bigger than average because of comfort. I have both 3000 and 4000 size reels. I have fished 4000 reels for years using #10 braid. I have also owned 2500 reels before but they are just to small in my hands. Just something to think about if you are considering purchasing a reel.

2 years ago

As always, great stuff. I’ve been a member I think for three years and I am still learning from you guys. I am guilty of having not taken advantage of all of the courses, but I will. One thing I am curious about is the whole mullet-redfish relationship. Do the redfish hang around the mullet because they are eating them or because mullet schools scare up food for the redfish? Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedules to kindly respond.

Luke Simonds
2 years ago
Reply to  Phil

Both reasons can be the case which is why there is no such thing as mullet being too big to have redfish hanging around with them.

Tony Toscano
2 years ago

Highly recommend the casting course as well as the 3 main courses has a base line.UTF,unitity through fishing.

Luke Simonds
2 years ago
Reply to  Tony Toscano

Thanks for making time to post the helpful comment Tony!

Will Gresham
2 years ago

Hey guys I am real greenhorn I listened to the bait shop guys whom I bought the rods from and they told me to use the 20lb braided line. So after watching your podcast you are saying switch to 10lb. my rods are only 2 weeks old. My question is should I just bite the bullet and switch now or fish with what I have now for a little while.

Luke Simonds
2 years ago
Reply to  Will Gresham

It depends on what type of fishing you’re doing… if fishing from piers/jetties or if you’re often fishing areas with lots of hard structure (rocks, pilings, etc.), then it would be smart to stick with the 20 lb line.

But if you’re fishing open flats with lures for trout, redfish, snook, flounder, etc., then it would be smart to switch to 10 lb line because you’ll get much better casting performance without losing any needed strength.

James Credo
2 years ago

Do you recommend the same strategies for fishing at the jetties?

Luke Simonds
2 years ago
Reply to  James Credo

The same lures work at the jetties too. But you’ll likely need to beef up the line strength since there is a much higher risk of the line rubbing up against sharp rocks/oysters.

Robert Spencer
2 years ago

Recently joined your Insider Club and have really enjoyed your courses and podcasts. So many things are clicking on what I did wrong on previous trips. Can’t wait to get out there and apply all your tips and tricks! Great job..Thanks. P.S. I am one of those crazy fly fisherman in a kayak and can’t remember the last time I used a spinning reel. But thinking about getting a spinning rig and wondering what you recommend for a rod in place of the TFO since it is out of stock?

Luke Simonds
2 years ago
Reply to  Robert Spencer

This insider lesson on equipment shows what to look for in a good rod regardless of brand so that you can choose a great one at a local store based on what type of fishing you’ll be doing most:

2 years ago

Great podcast – just continues to re-emphasize those key nuggets to get on the water and be successful. Thanks !!! Could you please add the links to the courses.

Last edited 2 years ago by Pablo Diaz
Luke Simonds
2 years ago
Reply to  Pablo

Thanks Pablo!

Dana Endorf
2 years ago

Great video. Thanks, guys.

Luke Simonds
2 years ago
Reply to  Dana Endorf

Thanks Dana!

2 years ago

great video. you guys mentioned early on in this video you are nearing 100 species caught on the slam shady, do you have that list available to view anywhere? and can insider members add to that list or is it just for salt strong coaches?


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