WINTER INSHORE FISHING: How To Catch Inshore Slams Right Now


Winter can be one of the trickiest seasons to catch fish.

It’s not that they get “lockjaw,” like many people think, but it’s because the weather changes drastically every few days.

One day a cold front is blowing in and it’s freezing out…

Then a few days later the afternoons are sunny and warm!

This causes the fish to move around a lot, and if you’re not dialed in on where they’re moving to, then you’ll probably get skunked.

But in this video, Tony and I are going to share where and how to catch fish before, during, and after a cold front in the winter.

You’ll learn:

  • The best spots to find fish at each of these times (no matter where you live)
  • The best baits and lures to use to persuade picky fish to eat
  • Tony’s best secrets for catching 30-pound black drum
  • And much more

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Here’s a timestamped table of contents from our conversation about winter inshore fishing:

0:36 – The best type of spot to fish in the winter (in each state)

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7:45 – How to catch fish before a cold front

12:15 – How to catch fish during a cold front

15:20 – What to do if fish just don’t seem to be eating

16:36 – How to catch fish after a cold front

24:53 – How to catch big black drum on the flats


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When you’re inshore fishing in the winter, the number one thing you need to look for is depth changes in wind-protected areas.

Take into consideration what the weather currently is and what it’s been these past few days, and go in with a plan to target spots fish are likely to be.

Have any questions about fishing in the winter?

Let us know down in the comments.

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Joseph Johnson
3 years ago

What is a headger jayhead? He stated for murkier waters tying on a headger jayhead to feel the depth. What the heck is that???

Juan Gonzales
3 years ago

How do you find /know where depth changes ,google maps?

3 years ago

If you see dolphins ,,should I fish where dolphins are?

3 years ago
Reply to  kprice131pd

stink bomb

3 years ago

Saltstrong has a good duo with Tony and Wyatt!

Mel Crissey
3 years ago

Excellent job Wyatt and Tony. I picked up some really good information from you guys.
My primary fishing is around Corpus Christi, Port Aransas, the upper Laguna Madre and the Aransas Pass and Rockport areas along the Texas Coastal Bend coastline.

Chieu Nguyen
3 years ago

I am curious about where the shrimps , the small crabs and the bait fish were going in the winter. Don’t they move out to the deep water like the big fish and move to the shallow water when the temperature is up after cold fronts i I see pod of mullets swimming on the flat during this warm period during the day, but I am not sure the shrimps and the small crabs s are coming up to the shallow and back to the deep water during the winter. Why is that? Are they stay in the deep water and migrate back to the shallow flats until
spring time?

Marvin Patr
3 years ago

I’ll be down from Tennessee fishing for a couple of weeks in Florida on the Atlantic side. From recent evidence would I be better to concentrate on Mosquito Lagoon or farther south?

Mark Held
3 years ago

I’m fishing Estero Bay 2-4 days a week. I’m catching trout 95% of the time. I’m using paddle tails primarily. The water temp is mid 70s. Question: why am I only catching trout. I’m fishing current, depth, mangroves, grass, oysters, and other multiple structure? Should I be moving to a spring pattern?

3 years ago
Reply to  Mark Held

I have good luck in Estero bay on snook and reds. I use gold spoons most of the time. I look for moving water near mangrove islands. I find the reds and snook tight to the shore. The trout are usually a little deeper


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