What is Inshore Fishing?

What is Inshore Fishing?

Let’s define inshore fishing before we go any further. It usually involves fishing in shallow waters, up to 15 feet deep, within a mile of the shore. This guide will not cover freshwater fishing because it is all saltwater.

It’s advantageous to stay close to the shore, as opposed to offshore or nearshore fishing. Inshore fishing is more efficient because it takes less time to get to the fishing grounds. This means you can fish for longer on shorter trips. The waters near the shore tend to be calmer than those in the ocean. It’s a good choice for people who are prone to motion sickness, or families with young children.

Let’s get to the fish now that we have covered the basics!

What Are the Most Popular Species of Inshore Fish?

Inshore fish species may not be as large or as flashy as the Marlins or Tunas that live in the deep sea, but there is a wide variety of inshore fish to keep anglers returning day after day. You’ll have a wide range of choices, from hard-fighting fish that will keep you on your feet to tasty bottom fish. Here are our top choices for inshore fishing.

  • Redfish. The most popular inshore species in the US and a mainstay of all good fishing in Gulf and Atlantic waters, Redfish is a staple in any good fishing operation. Red Drum is another name for them because of their spawning sounds. They can be targeted all year round, and since they tend to run in large groups, you may have a frenzy.
  • Flounder. Flounder is the South’s most popular inshore bottom feeder. Its mild flavor and smooth texture will make it your favorite when you want to serve a tasty meal. There is a specific fishing technique that’s used to catch Flounder, but we’ll get into it later. California Halibut, their Pacific cousins are an excellent alternative to the Flounder if you plan on fishing the West Coast. Flounder can be found all year round, but the winter fishing will not be as good as the rest of the year.
  • Spotted Seatrout. These fish, also known as Speckled Trout or Specks, are a popular target for both beginners and seasoned fishermen. You’re likely to catch a Speck on your first inshore fishing trip along the Gulf Coast. Spring through fall is the best time to catch these bad boys, as they tend to congregate more in shallower waters.
  • Tarpon. Be alert, you are in the presence of royalty! Tarpon are known as the “Silver Kings” for their acrobatics and long jumps. Every year, anglers from all over the US flock to Florida to test their skills with these tenacious fighters. These are not the best fish to catch on your first fishing trip. But they’re worth keeping in mind once you have a few trips under your fingers.
  • Sharks. Shark fishing is a great way to engage kids in the world of fishing. Inshore species like Blacktip or Bonnethead Sharks can be found and are great for new anglers. The sharks are not picky eaters and will eat anything you throw at it. For the best experience, find a captain who is experienced in taking family trips.

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