How To Quickly Find Inshore Fishing Spots (Based On Tides & Wind)


It was a cool morning a few days after a cold front and we were idling out towards the bay.

We had a hopeful employee with us on board interviewing for a job, and we wanted to show him a good time and what Salt Strong is all about.

Not having time to pre-trip plan myself, I asked Luke where we were going.

Apparently, he didn’t pre-trip plan either, but that didn’t matter.

I watched him pick up his phone, look at, and put together a game plan in less than 5 minutes.

And just like Nick Saban called the perfect play on fourth and goal, we had a great day out on the water and caught tons of fish in just a few short hours.

Luke planned this trip so quickly and effortlessly that I think he takes it for granted, so I had to get him on the podcast and talk us through how his mind works and how to pick spots that hold fish every trip (he hasn’t been skunked on his boat in years).

If you’re always going back to the same handful of spots, wondering why you’re not consistently catching fish, then you’re going to love this episode.

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The 90-10 Rule

One of the concepts that let Luke figure out a game plan so quickly was the 90-10 rule.

The 90-10 rule states that 90% of the fish are in 10% of the water, and that’s true whether you’re looking at the whole of Tampa Bay, or a North Carolina creek.

One of the best things this concept helps you with is by letting you eliminate 90% of the water that likely isn’t holding fish.

In the case of the trip we were talking about in this podcast, Luke was able to eliminate the areas with no structure, so we spent our entire time fishing feeding zones.

You can learn more about the 90-10 rule here.

The Key To Catching Fish: Real-Time Feeding Trends

The big problem is that most people focus on spots…

But without knowing recent trends, spots are useless.

It’s all about knowing the type of spot that fish will be feeding at based on the conditions.

That’s when you can find unlimited spots and can catch fish anywhere, anytime.

This is why fishing guides are so successful.

They’re on the water every day and networking with other fishing guides so they have close tabs on exactly what the fish are doing.

This doesn’t mean you need to be on the water every day, but it does mean knowing what the fish are doing each day will help you.

Luke really started becoming a better angler when he started fishing tournaments and networking with other tournament anglers.

Even though he was working his 9-5 desk job and only got out on the water once or twice a week, one of his tournament buddies was on the water every day letting everyone know what was going on.

Trends Work No Matter Where You Live

One of the most common myths is that fish are different in different areas.

But the truth is, a redfish is a redfish is a redfish, no matter where it lives.

All inshore fish have the same biology and react to the same changes in the environment, which is why the trends hold true no matter where you fish.

One of our Insider members recently posted in our private community how the trends we were sharing helped him, and he lives in Louisiana!

And we’ve been fishing with Capt. CA Richardson and tons of other pros and they all know that this is true.

But when you hear fish are different in different areas, it’s usually coming from someone who’s an inconsistent angler and hasn’t quite figured out the trends (this was us when we were first starting).


Trends change throughout the year and if you want to catch fish, you need to know what they’ve been doing the last three to seven days.

You could learn the trends yourself and try to build your own network, but if you want a shortcut, then join us in the Insider Club.

Every Friday, in ten minutes or less, Luke creates a video talking about the current trends so you can catch fish during the coming weekend.

You’ll learn what’s working and what’s not so you can maximize your time out on the water.

As an Insider, you’ll also get access to:

  • Spot dissections where we get on online maps and break down spots from Texas to Florida to North Carolina
  • Insider Reports where we show you exactly where we fished on a map, why we went there, and how it went
  • Our 16,000 member community where people are sharing their fishing reports and asking and answering questions to become better anglers
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Planning a fishing trip isn’t hard, as long as you know what the trends are.

Fish aren’t smart, they just react to conditions (like the weather, wind, and tides) and if you know how they’re going to react in a certain situation, you’ll skyrocket your chances at catching them.

Have any questions on how to quickly find inshore fishing spots?

Let us know down in the comments!

And if you want to keep up with the current trends and catch more fish in less time, join us in the Insider Club!

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Steven Free
1 year ago

Yea I know it’s the trends but at least you guys haven’t changed the old subscribe to saltstrong encouragement videos like the one I first saw back in 17 when I first became a member but I do have a comment while I do agree that the 10 percent where the fish are is obviously where you want to be I have found that my same old spots do produce year after year the only thing now is I just fish them differently and know that during certain tidal phases they are there usually but are feeding differently and are located differently in that area as well for instance I know one of my spots that has alot of points w scattered oysters by them well I also know that some of these spots are great but only on an out going tide while some others are great on an incoming still the same spots but they must be fished differently to be productive according to the tide phase and also what part of the tide phase as well sometimes the beginning can trigger them and sometimes not until the very last 2 or 1 hour left in it so you see my point being the same spots can and will produce they just need to be approached and fished differently according to the tide and conditions but I will say that even though I learned alot of this info in my own kinda like you guys did by trial and error I also learned a ton from being a lifer in your club thanks for living up to your promise you made to me those few years ago and many more to come😉👍

Anthony Guidetti
2 years ago

Always great content appreciate your pod casts!
My question refers to severe weather situations, as I’m typing this question Hurricane Elsa is blowing up the west coast, which obviously impacts the fishing prior to, during and after the hurricane!
So I chose to fish Bradenton beaches on Monday to get in ahead of the storm
Was fishing the beaches and peirs and working my way down to the inlet , did very well on the slam shady catching Jacks, Spanish mackerel, and a few yellow tail as the weather began to deteriorate the fishing slowed.,.so now it’s Wednesday
What would be the most effective plan moving forward as the hurricane moves out and off to the north and what are the typical affects from a hurricane situation?
Thanks, and so appreciate you and your info

Richard Proctor
3 years ago

Thanks guys. Great resource. I’m a beginner, so bear with this question. But what exactly do you mean when you refer to a “wind protected” point? Thanks

Luke Simonds
3 years ago

Wind protected areas are simply spots that have some protection from the wind from trees, houses, etc. So a wind protected point is just a point that has protection from the wind.

For example, a wind from the north leaves the northern shorelines with trees/houses in a wind protected category. And a point shooting out from that northern shoreline would be a wind protected point.

David Wamskey
3 years ago

That’s great that Luke can get on his phone and look up various fishing factors that will help you find fish. But how about us poor saps who have an Apple SE phone and there is NO Salt Strong app for it. What are we do do?

Luke Simonds
3 years ago
Reply to  David Wamskey

If you’re referring to tides and weather, then you should be able to access the Smart Fishing Tides platform linked here:

Also, we took down our app a while back, so everything is now accessible from our website:

robert hartman
3 years ago

Good morning guys, I’m coming to West Palm to R&R after surgery. Last year you posted two spots on Singer Island , one on the beach and one on theICW by McArthur Park. I thought I saved it but can’t find the article. Can you help?
Capt Bob

Luke Simonds
3 years ago
Reply to  robert hartman

Whenever in need of finding posts based on geographic location, be sure to use the Master Map that’s available in the Insider Club platform. In it, you’ll be able to zoom into the locations you mentioned to see the pins/links for each of the reports. Here’s a link:

Stacy Heffner
3 years ago

Appreciate the shout out!! Lol

3 years ago

Nick Saban doesn’t call plays, not even for his defense.

John Hardiman
3 years ago

Good job guys! Great Information as Always!!!

Luke Simonds
3 years ago
Reply to  John Hardiman

Thanks John!


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