Wade Fishing Tips: How To Wade Fish For Trout, Redfish, Snook, & Flounder

By: Joe Simonds on March 1, 2018
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It’s wade fishing time again!

Not only that, but Wader Dave is back by popular demand.

If you missed his first blog post called “Wade Fishing 101: Maximizing Your Time & Strikes While Wade Fishing” you can see it by clicking here.

And in this podcast interview, Wader Dave breaks down some of his tips for targeting redfish, trout, snook, flounder, mackerel, and other inshore fish.

We cover:

  • How to find the best wading spots
  • What lures he believes are the most productive
  • Why causeways are such amazing places to wade fish
  • The “must have” things you need to bring (see pic below)

Here’s a picture of what Wader Dave always brings with him on wading trips:

Enjoy and take some notes…

Wader Dave reveals some awesome wade fishing tips.

Wade Fishing For Redfish, Snook, Trout, & Flounder

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Conclusion

Wade fishing isn’t the “poor man’s fishing” like many people think.

In fact, it can be some of the effective inshore fishing you’ve ever done.

As Wader Dave points out, his personal best trout, snook, and redfish were all caught while wading (and he owns a boat and kayak).

And for you boaters and kayakers, getting out and wading can help you approach feeding zones with much more stealth.

Just keep in mind that like all inshore fishing, it’s all about finding the best spots (which very well could be the closest causeway to your house).

Any questions?

Want more wading tips from Wader Dave?

Let us know in the comments below.

Tight lines!

Related Post: Wade Fishing 101: Maximizing Your Time While Wading For Inshore Fish (see it here now)

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Joe Whiteside
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Thanks Dave! Awesome information!Wade fishing is definitely not poor man’s fishing. Wading, I learned how to throw a flyrod at reds and specs all along 98, from east end, state park to the cut at SGI, and those killer holes at Lanark. You can’t get to most of them with a boat but you can in a Kayak! It’s March now… my blood is boiling! Wading teaches you about throwing in wind, watching the water, ripples in sun glare. You can stalk and watch a tide change, oyster beds come and go….fish move in and out. You even become structure! Without a doubt caught more redfish on a gold weedless sprite than anything! Stick 2500 in the back of your shorts, 7/8 wt flyrod in hand and flog away! But its like Wader Dave said, water changes… Hurricanes are like taking a completed puzzle, putting it back in the box shaking it up and starting all over again. I learned a few years ago when they were restoring the beaches near PCB If you see dredging off the beach, camp out on the beach… they are “a coming”. Thanks again J and L. I’ve been with you guys a little while and its been a fun ride.

David Ulgenalp
Member

Joe – sounds like you and I are drinking the same Kool Aid. Glad you enjoyed the podcast.

Todd Williams
Member

This was one of the best podcasts I have heard since joining Salt Strong! I am about the same age as Dave but as far as fishing ability about where he was 35 years ago. This podcast had a ton of good information and tips.

David Ulgenalp
Member

Todd – glad to hear you and others are still enjoying the podcasts. Hope it helps to put more fish on your stringer.

Richard Fiorentino
Member

where can i get Dave’s Wader Guide?

David Ulgenalp
Member

Rich, I haven’t published my Wader’s Guides for several years but the dissections on Salt Strong are basically the same thing. Is there a specific area or location you are looking for information on?

Richard Fiorentino
Member

Thanks for response Dave. I am in the Englewood area

David Ulgenalp
Member

Rich – coincidentally, I just waded a sand bar and adjacent shoreline to the north and south of it located at the north end of Lemon Bay Park and Environmental Center. Not sure if you are familiar with the area but caught a number of small snook working a 1/8 th oz DOA jig and 3” New Penny CAL Shad tail. Caught some nice trout on the north side of the sand bar as well. Looked like a likely place for reds but didn’t get any. Fished the last hour and a half of the incoming tide at mid day.

Richard Fiorentino
Member

Dave – thanks a lot. Do you fish this area often?

Laura Stahl
Member

At 72 I have been mostly an archery hunter from Indiana. Salt Strong has helped me become a fair salt fisherman. I have a modest boat to get me there or tow the kayak, a kayak to get me farther back but I wade when I see fish at a distance or fish activity. The one thing I believe is very important for insiders is to listen very intently…..then re-listen to the lesson. There is always something that goes overlooked when listening to a lesson. Something is said and it causes the mind to reflect upon experiences or places you have fished and the next point is overlooked. All I can say is thanks to the Simonds brothers for giving us the opportunity to learn a whole new recreation and have a reasonable amount of success.
I had a friend from Indiana come down in late February, before the fronts came through. He paid a guide to take him out for snook fishing. They did catch some good snook on live bait. He laughed when I told him the number of fish and size I catch. He even called me “silly boy” (should have said silly old man) when I told him I have not kept one fish yet…..not because no catch was large enough to keep. It is the challenge of fishing something new that drives me, not the catch itself. I want to learn how to find and catch fish on my own just like I have learned how to hunt squirrels with bow or to have a collection over the years of great midwestern bucks. One has to answer the question, what am I out to accomplish?
THANKS SALT STRONG! I will never get too old to learn and am grateful for your help. Last year, I caught my first redfish, a 28 incher, and as soon as I released the fish I said to myself, thanks Luke and Joe.

Greg Beach
Member

Awesome podcast Dave, been in Navarre and Pensacola area now for almost a year. Like you to start with I have no boat and am currently trying to do all my fishing by wading. Found some good spots so far but haven,t quite figured out how to maximize the technique to catch more fish. Have learned alot from SaltStrong though since joining in the past couple of weeks. Look forward to seeing more tips from you in future, Thanks again!

Richard Fiorentino
Member

What is that fanny pack you use?

David Ulgenalp
Member

Outdoor Mohave waste pack can be found at Walmart for about $10. It’s big enough to hold everything I need and I sling it over my head and one shoulder to keep it out of the water while I wade.

Richard Fiorentino
Member

Thanks Dave

Richard Fiorentino
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David Ulgenalp
Member

That’s the one. Works just as good as all the expensive bags I’ve tried over the years and big enough to carry anything I need for a day of wading. Good luck!

Andrew Stewart
Member

I really enjoyed this info as I am planning a trip to FL later this year. I am trying to nail down my gear list. Right now I’m trying to decide on how I want to carry my gear either a sling bag or waist pack. Not looking to bring a lot but water is a must.

David Ulgenalp
Member

Andrew – check out the piece on wade fishing posted on Salt Strong a couple of weeks ago that includes the gear I use and reccomend for wading in Florida – Wade FIshing 101: Maximize Your Time While Wading for Inshore Fish. Joe Simonds also just posted a picture of my gear at the end of the podcast posting. Hope this helps. Wader Dave

John Simkunas
Member

That was awesome! I really enjoyed it!

David Ulgenalp
Member

John – Glad you enjoyed the podcast. I look forward to sharing more of what I’ve learned overs the last 40 years of wade fishing. Wader Dave

Michael McDowell
Member

Fantastic information. Love the minimalist view of fishing. This discussion opens up many previously ignored possibilities. This is why I bought into insider fishing. Thanks.

David Ulgenalp
Member

Michael – thanks for taking the time to provide some positive feedback. Hope to bring you more tips. Wader Dave

Ronald Walisch
Member

Excellent information I don’t own a boat but I always wade fish and this is really good stuff

David Ulgenalp
Member

Ronald -thanks for the positive feedback. I hope to bring you more “good stuff”. Wader Dave

James Hagist
Member

It was almost like a TV sequel. You left me wanting more. Bring Wader Dave back!

PS you mentioned that he had a blog. Can you post a link?

Jerry Mason
Member

I really enjoyed the Wader Dave podcast and look forward to hearing more from him. He seems like a good fit with the philosophy exhibited by you guys at Salt Strong. Bring him back so he can share more nuggets of wisdom and experience as it relates to wade fishing.

David Ulgenalp
Member

Jerry – I reached out to Joe and Luke because I read and listen to everthyring they post to Salt Strong and wanted to be a part of it. Glad you enjoyed the podcast and hope to do more. Wader Dave

Sam Craparo
Member

As a wade fisherman I enjoyed the video. Looking forward to the next one. Don’t have lots of free time so it’s a bonus to be able to invest an hour or two and have ability to to catch some quality fish. In the last few days I have caught snook , mackerel pompano trout and lady fish on hard bait close to home. I’m a 63 year old baitcasting plug chunker .

David Ulgenalp
Member

Sam – glad to hear you enjoyed the podcast. More importantly, I’m glad to hear you’re catching fish. This past weekend was a tough one for me. I’ll use the cold front that came through Friday night as my excuse (I have a different excuse available for every day I don’t do well). Keep plugging away. Wader Dave

Sam Craparo
Member

Catching fish is a bonus. I feel blessed to have the ability to be surrounded by nature. Wading seems to be the least obtrusive way to interact with so many marine creatures.

Dennis Glasgow
Member

I didn’t learn one thing in 30 minutes. I fished new pas today and hickory pass and the docks and the mangroves.Two of us caught 2 fish today. I saw dead fish all day from baby 3″ catfish to 15 lb drum. Suposidl it’s lake okeechoebee causing the problem for southwest Fla. Tomorrow I will fish the ten thousand islands south of Marco I hope it’s ok.

David Ulgenalp
Member

Dennis -sorry to hear you didn’t learn anything new. Most of what I covered was the basics and I’m guessing you’re an experienced fisherman. The next podcast will get into more details about types of baits, colors and retrieves and more advanced techniques for finding fish. You still may not learn anything but you won’t know unless you listen. Glad to hear you’re getting out on the water so frequently and good luck. Wader Dave