3 Smart Tips For Targeting Inshore Saltwater TROPHY Fish
Do you want to target more inshore saltwater trophy fish?
How can you catch the GIANT fish from schools of small fish?
There are different strategies and tactics that apply to targeting trophy fish!
Take a look below!!
Targeting Trophy Fish
These tips will apply to different species but are more relevant to catching gator trout, bull redfish, and those 40-inch snook!
First and foremost, you need to make sure that you are geared up and prepared to target whichever species you are going after.
Generally, 7-foot and 7’6″ fishing rods are all-purpose for everything inshore saltwater fishing.
Depending on the type of structure around the areas you are targeting big fish, you need to gear up appropriately for different scenarios.
For example, big trout are known for having soft mouths.
It can be easy to overpower a trout when using topwater lures with single inline hooks.
Soft mouths mean you can pull the hook out of the fish’s mouth pretty easily if you overpower the fish.
Lots of times trout will be in open flats or areas with minimal structure.
Medium and Medium-Light rods are perfect for targeting trout because the softness in the rod tip will help counteract the head shakes trout are known for.
Similarly, snook are a species you definitely have to be overprepared for.
You want to make sure you have enough power to steer a snook away from structure.
A Medium or if there is a lot of current, a Medium-Light rod will apply well to catching larger snook.
The main thing to keep an eye on when targeting snook is the amount of drag pressure you are putting on the fish.
When you just hook into a fish and they begin their run away from you, if your drag is too tight, snook are known to break off and swim away.
The fish will either come to the surface and shake its head to free the hook.
Or the fish may make a straight run and the line will be rubbing the corner of its mouth causing abrasion.
If you do happen to hook into a big snook, very carefully feather the line back onto your reel spool.
Also, bump your drag back just 1-2 notches.
By slowing up on the drag, you are compensating for the initial surge of the fish.
You will prevent the risk of possibly breaking off that fish.
Proper Handling & Release
The most important part of targeting and catching trophy fish is properly handling and releasing them.
It is better to use a landing net that has a rubber-mesh net rather than other materials.
Lots of fish we target have protective slime coating along their scales and bodies.
If you use other rope materials or nylon, you run the risk of pulling the slime coating off the fish when the fish is already stressed from the fight.
We want to make sure we keep fish as calm as possible and safe in a net that will not rub their slime coating off.
The other benefit of using a rubber net is your hooks won’t embed themselves into the material.
A rope or nylon net can catch your hooks which can cause major issues.
The last thing you want is a fish thrashing around in your net with the hook embedded into the material.
It is vital to not increase the stress on the fish and release them as fast as possible.
Larger trophy fish are the future of our fisheries.
Big fish have the capabilities to go out and produce thousands of fish equal to or around their size.
Fish are exhausted once you are holding them and it is important to take your time on the release.
Have a firm grip on the thick part of the tail and carefully sway the fish left and right.
This gives the fish time to relax and catch their breath.
Additionally, you are working out some of that lactic acid that can be built up during the fight.
Ultimately, the fish will let you know when it’s ready to swim off.
Targeting Trophy Fish [VIDEO]
Everyone wants to catch the biggest fish, but it is preparation and readiness that will set you up for success in hooking into and landing a true trophy fish.
Be sure to gear up properly and have everything you need to induce a strike from a gator fish.
Make sure you handle these fish with care and caution because we need them to sustain our fisheries!!
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P.S. – Want to know how to retrieve all the different types of inshore fishing lures in a variety of ways? Check out our Artificial Lure Retrieval Methods Mini-Course.
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