Whether you are aiming to catch a flounder, sea trout, snook, redfish or grouper, the improving your inshore fishing skills will hone you to become a lean, mean fishing machine. You could be a recreational angler who only has time for fishing on weekends or a full-time guide who knows the waters like the back of your hand. There is always room to learn and improve. Are you ready to level up your inshore angler skills?

Select Your Target Species

What is your favorite inshore species? Knowing what exactly you are aiming to catch will allow you to focus your research on your catch. Different species prefer different hanging spots. Striped bass lurk around structures like rocks, rip lines and ledges, whereas flounders can be found along small inshore ledges and sandbar drop-offs.

Even the technique you use to fish changes accordingly to the species you are trying to catch. Tarpon fishing requires that you remain composed and strip-set to drive the hook into the fish, whereas catching salmon and most trout species require you to use a trout set. Being intentional in your research on your target species can boost your mental fishing game and help you become a better inshore angler!

Choosing Your Gear

It can be a daunting task to purchase the perfect gear. Fishing shows and magazine article writers hype certain brands that they are sponsored by and the sheer multitude of conflicting opinions on the web can make your head spin. Our recommendation is for you to step back and simplify your gear.

A good quality medium weight reel, high-quality lines, adequately sized hooks, and your preferred lure (tried and tested) can go a long way. In the long run, knowing the traits and effectiveness of different lures, lines and reels will contribute to the tools you have in your arsenal to catch different types of fish.

Fishing experts have pointed out that in most cases, it is not just about the type of lure you use and how expensive your equipment is. What helps you become a better inshore angler is your focus on locating the best feeding zones in the geographical area where you are fishing in. In this case, using a select few lures (one light in color, and one dark in color) can help you avoid getting caught up in having to set live bait.

Expand Your Network

Nobody stipulated that fishing has to be a solitary activity. In fact, knowing more anglers in your community facilitates the overall growth of knowledge and skill amongst the group! Finding fishing buddies to share valuable knowledge about the feeding patterns and movement trends of fish, or the effectiveness of different baits, can help everyone level up their inshore fishing skills. Check out your local fishing club, fishing spot or learn from Captain Sullivan’s many years of experience by chartering an inshore fishing trip!

One of the best ways to become a better inshore angler is to learn from the best. Here at Flats Hounds Fishing Charters, Captain Sullivan’s encyclopedic knowledge of fishing patterns, techniques, gear expertise and navigation can help increase the likelihood that you bring in a big catch! To find out more, get in touch with us today.