Low Country Trout, Redfish & Flounder (With Dan From Savannah)
If you were totally new to an area, how would you figure it out?
That’s a tough question, right?
You’ve got to learn new waterways, tides, and weather patterns.
It takes a lot and if you’re currently trying to figure out your area, you’re going to love this podcast episode.
Salt Strong Insider, Dan Cantrell, shares his story of how he struggled for years to catch inshore fish and what it took for it to finally click for him.
And now, he’s teaching other anglers how to catch fish in the Low Country area so they don’t have to struggle like he did.
We covered a TON of helpful fishing tips in this episode, including:
- The two biggest mistakes inshore anglers make
- The biggest difference-maker when it comes to actually catching fish
- Why spots aren’t going to help you catch fish
- How to plan a trip to maximize your time on the water
- And much more
Low Country Trout & Redfish [VIDEO]
Low Country Trout & Redfish [PODCAST]
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- LIVE BAIT VS. SLAM SHADY: FLATS FISHING CASE STUDY
How To Find Feeding Fish
This is the biggest difference-maker when it comes to being successful on the water: finding feeding fish.
We always talk about how 90% of the fish are in 10% of the water and Dan has found that to be true, too.
Here’s what Dan looks for:
- Nearby depth change
And we always talk about the 3 B’s:
No matter if you’re in Texas, Florida, or South Carolina, the tips above will help you catch fish because they only want two things: to eat and not be eaten.
Areas with the elements above are where fish will satisfy both of those desires, so you can usually find them there.
Why Catching Fish Isn’t About Spots
If Dan gave you his favorite spot, you might catch fish there only a handful of times.
What if it was good in the winter, but you went in the summer?
What if it was good at high tide, but you went at low tide?
Instead of finding spots, you need to learn trends.
If you know how fish actually behave, then you’ll be able to find them no matter what the conditions are.
Biggest Fishing Mistakes
Here are two mistakes Dan mentioned that cause anglers to not catch fish:
Mistake #1: Just because you see someone fishing a spot doesn’t mean there are fish there.
If you’re struggling to find fish, it’s easy to assume that everyone knows more than you.
But here’s the truth: tons of people struggle!
Don’t worry about spots or what other people are doing.
Instead, learn fish trends.
Mistake #2: Getting caught up with all the different fishing lures.
The best way to catch fish is to get really good at just a few proven lures.
That way, if you find yourself not catching fish, you know it’s the spot, not your lure.
So many people waste time in dead zones tying on new lures when really there are no feeding fish there and no matter what lure you’re using you won’t catch anything.
Here’s what Dan likes to use:
- Z-Man paddletail (under a popping cork if the water is really dark)
- Shrimp imitation lure
- MirrOdine suspending twitchbait
And here’s what Luke likes to use:
- Slam Shady paddletail
- Alabama Leprechaun jerk shad (in calm, clear, shallow water)
- Shrimp imitation lure
How To Plan A Fishing Trip
How well you plan your trip can often be the difference between catching a slam and coming home skunked.
When planning his trips, Dan first starts with the weather.
He takes into consideration elements such as the wind, temperature, and season.
Then, he looks at the tides.
He knows that if it’s high tide, he’ll go to one area, and if it’s low, he’ll go to another area.
He uses SmartFishingTides.com to help him get data and make decisions.
Another thing that lets Dan plan his trips well is his fishing network.
He talks to his fishing buddies and keeps close tabs on what the fish are doing so he knows exactly what to do when he gets on the water.
It can take years to build a good fishing network, but if you want to shortcut the process you can join the 16,000 anglers in our network in the Salt Strong Insider Club.
How To Keep Up With Dan & Low Country Fishing
If you want to keep up with Dan from Savannah you can do so at the links below:
He’s also producing a lot of content in the Insider Club for the Low Country area and interacting with members so you can join the Salt Strong Insider Club here.
What an inspiring story!
For many people, fishing is in their blood, so it’s really cool to hear how Dan struggled for years but didn’t give up and now he’s giving back by teaching others.
Do you have any questions for Dan?
Let us know down in the comments!
And if you want to join him and 16,000 other anglers and get our best fishing spots and tips, plus discounts to our online tackle store, click here to join us in the Insider Club.
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