Wade Fishing For Trout, Snook, & Redfish In The Fall/Winter


It’s wade fishing time!

A lot of people say, “If only I had a boat, I would catch more fish…”

Or, “If only I had a kayak, I would catch more fish…”

Well, Wader Dave has a boat, kayaks, and paddleboards, but he still prefers to wade fish!

In fact, he wade fishes over 200 days per year and is a wade fishing guide.

It’s a great way to catch fish because you can be stealthy, thoroughly cover the area you’re fishing in, and a pair of wading boots is a lot cheaper than a boat!

In this podcast episode, we’re going to dive into catching fish during the fall and winter while wade fishing.

Wader Dave shares:

  • The best places to wade fish during the fall and winter
  • What to look for when fishing along the beach (when it appears to be just miles of straight sand)
  • When the best times to fish from the beach are, and when to ditch the beach and head to the backcountry
  • How he catches loads of fish from causeways
  • The one mistake most wade fishing anglers make (that you’re probably making, too)
  • His favorite lures that he always takes with him on a wade fishing trip

You can listen to this episode by clicking the play button below, or on iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify.


Wade Fishing In The Fall & Winter [PODCAST]

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Wader Dave is making all excuses for not catching fish because you don’t have a nice boat or kayak irrelevant.

He has tremendous success catching fish often while just wading in knee-deep water, or even from the shore.

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Dan Deins
1 year ago

Hey Dave, thanks for the info! What size lil john are you using? Is it the 3-3/4 or the 4-1/4? Thanks again

Mario Menchaca
2 years ago

Does anyone know which Dartspin colors are most effective?

David Ulgenalp
2 years ago
Reply to  Mario Menchaca

I like the watermelon red / copper and glow / chartreuse.

Marc Wisniewski
2 years ago

I listened to this podcast three times and took notes! When I get to FL I am either wade or pier fishing. This was so informative! Got a list of baits to take along to Anna Maria Island next month. Thank you! I hope you are on as a guest again.

David Ulgenalp
2 years ago

Marc – glad you found the podcast to be useful. I hope it helps you catch more fish when you visit Anna Marie Island.

William Chambers
2 years ago

Great stuff! Certainly motivated to get out in the water this fall! I’m trying to start wade fishing more and only bring one rod. Just a question regarding switching between a topwater lure and a jig and plastic. Are you using a fluoro leader for both topwater and jig? Ive only ever used mono or braid/mono for topwater walking baits. However, I probably throw the jig and plastic(with fluoro)more so trying to avoid switching leaders if possible. Thank you!

David Ulgenalp
2 years ago

William – If I’m trailing my kayak or paddle board behind while wading, I bring a second rod and will often have it rigged with a top water bait tied to 18” – 24” of mono while using 3’ of fluorocarbon on my other rod that I’m using subsurface baits. If I only have one rod I go with flourocarbon.

William Chambers
2 years ago
Reply to  David Ulgenalp

Awesome! Thank you so much!

Chuck Phillippi
2 years ago

Great work on this podcast, tips and instructive content! Its as simple as that. Work smarter not harder and catch more fish.

David Ulgenalp
2 years ago

Charles – thanks for the positive feedback! Gals you enjoyed the podcast.

Joe Sheaffer
2 years ago

Awesome Pod cast Dave. Love wade, beach and pier fishing, your info is invaluable.

David Ulgenalp
2 years ago
Reply to  Joe Sheaffer

Thanks Joe – hope it helps you catch more fish.


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