Inshore Fishing

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Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Action

Florida Sportsman: Matt822 With the arrival of spring water temps a little early, it appears the bite has woken up over the last three weeks with tons of snook on the flats and schools of redfish covering the mangrove lines. The last two weekends I was able to get them on top water baits early in the morning, then switched to green swimbaits or paddle tails.

Inshore How-To

Sonar (including side image, right) reveals baitfish on small mid-bay lump.

Inshore Hard Bottom Fishing Techniques

Along broad stretches of Florida’s coast, fishing hard bottom is also an effective inshore strategy for trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, tarpon, black sea bass, sheepshead, mangrove snapper—and even, yes, the occasional keeper gag.

Inshore Gear

Rich Vidulich demonstrating his casting stance on a Stuart Beach.

Surf Fishing Gear the Pros Use

Akios Reels and Cast Pro Rods paired up for max-cast distance. While researching for the new Sportsman’s Best: Surf Fishing book, written by Florida Sportsman contributor David Brown, I checked in with surf fishing pro Rich Vidulich on some casting technique and tackle questions.



Beach Fishing for Tarpon

An east coast skiff guide divulges his secrets for locating and catching beach-run tarpon. Good numbers of tarpon are off the beaches in east/central Florida from late-May through October, as they are along Florida’s Gulf of Mexico shores.

Inshore Boats


Robalo 226 Cayman Bay

The Robalo 226 Cayman is the middle child in the series of Cayman boats at 22’ 6” rounds out the…»

Sea Chaser

Sea Chaser 26LX

The Carolina Skiff/ Sea Chaser 26 LX is another reasonably priced offering from this Waycross, Georgia company. Designed to be a general “multi-purpose” boat for fishing in freshwater or salt, from lakes and rivers to bays and estuaries, even coastal salt and offshore fishing.