Inshore Fishing How To


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Replacing Trebles with Single Hooks

New inline-eye single hooks are great for retrofitting plugs and other multi-hook lures.

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Wade Light

There’s something to be said about grabbing a handful of lures and hitting your favorite spot, just your two feet and your fishing rod. Covering a lot of ground may be out of the question, but with careful planning you can cover it thoroughly.

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Top Tips for Sight Fishing

During this FS Seminar, Florida Sportsman editor Jeff Weakley gives indispensable tips on searching for fish while sight fishing. At the heart of sight fishing, he explains the importance of recognizing the aspects of shape, motion, and color while scanning for fish.

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Fiddler Crabs for Bait

Remember chasing fiddler crabs when you were a kid? Fiddlers are probably my all-around best bait, especially if kids are along. Catching the crabs can involve action, yelps of joy, lots of bending over, and a great lesson in biology. They’re also an irresistible bait for hungry fish.

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Bridge Fishing Basics

Coastal bridges are excellent places to fish for redfish, sheepshead, grouper and many other species, but there are some secrets to getting the most out of the opportunities.

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Targeting Trophy Seatrout

Grow up, change habits and target trophy seatrout. There’s a point in a spotted seatrout’s life when it reaches about 17 inches and like most teenagers, it gets an attitude. It goes from a fish that can be waterskied back to the boat on light tackle to one that will take drag.

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Basic Florida Seagrass Facts

A primer on the favorite flats habitat. They say Inuit people can identify seven different kinds of snow. There are almost that many kinds of sea grass on Florida’s flats, but if you can tell the difference between just three varieties, it’s likely to make you a considerably better angler.

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Fishing Hard Baits Inshore

In this Florida Sportsman seminar, Reel Time Host Capt. George Gozdz discusses his hard bait lure choices while fishing on the Peace River. These tips can be applied to almost anywhere you want to throw hard baits inshore.

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The Real Thing?

Super life-like lures open new angling possibilities. Improved photo-copying, computer-assisted design and advanced molding technology now make it possible to shape near-perfect imitations of the critters fish love to eat, and a number of lure-makers are taking advantage.

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Choosing the Right Hook

In this FS Seminar, Rick Ryals tells us what the most important things are to consider when selecting the right hook for the job. Ryals explains which hooks are best for live bait and dead baits, and the key differences and advantages of using j-hooks and circle hooks.

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Pier Trolling

You don’t need a boat and a motor to go trolling for big snook. But a strong pair of legs and a stout rod will go a long way to landing some monster linesiders.

1.) Notice the position of the feet, pointed at about a 45-degree angle, shoulder-width apart.

Surf Casting Instructional

Rich Vidulich teaches surf anglers how to cast better. He’s learned from the best. His mentor is American distance champion Tommy Farmer of North Carolina, whose record throw reached 859 feet.

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Rod Guides Basics

Budget or breakthrough, it’s hard to imagine fishing rods can get any better than this. For the average angler, if your rod guides are in good condition, showing no signs of wear or cracking, there’s little reason to obsess about the technology.

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Live Bait Rigging Methods

The way a live bait is rigged when trolling can make a world of a difference when it comes to the way the bait swims through the water. Florida Sportsman’s Rick Ryals explains a few simple techniques that will get your bait swimming the right way, depending on they type of fishing you want to do.

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Fishing a Popper

A popper is a lure that usually tapers toward its widest at the front, where it has a concave or slanted, flat face. The line tie is near the center of the face. When jerked forward in the water, the lure makes a popping sound as it throws air and water forward.

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Rigging a Live Bait

There is a long list of great baits found throughout Florida. One thing that can stump many anglers after catching your favorite game fish candy is, how to rig it?