Inshore Fishing Tips

The latest techniques to help catch your favorite inshore fish species.

Inshore fishing is the most popular style of saltwater fishing, with millions of anglers able to target inshore species because of easy accessibility, low costs and year-round availability. 


Anglers in states all along the East and Gulf Coasts target popular game fish such as striped bass, redfish, flounder, snook, and speckled trout. In the tropics and Caribbean, bonefish, tarpon and permit are world-class fighters. West Coast anglers have access to calico bass, striped bass and salmon. 


But before you target a new species, you’ll need to know how and where to catch them. You’ll likely need to brush up on the latest tactics and techniques too. Plus, you may need to outfit your fishing boat differently, or trade in that old skiff for another boat entirely. Below, we spotlight the information you need to be successful at fishing inshore, whether it's related to species, techniques or boats. 

Popular Inshore Game Fish

Salt Water Sportsman has all the information you need to target your favorite inshore species. For many, it might be redfish, speckled trout or striped bass. Florida anglers have even more opportunities with tarpon and snook readily available. Whatever species you target, we will help you land more of them. Below are some of the most popular inshore species to catch. 

Inshore Fishing Techniques

Some fishermen love inshore fishing because of the sight-fishing opportunities. Other anglers love using light tackle to target hard-fighting fish close to home. Still others like inshore fishing because of its similarities to hunting: You have to locate and outwit fish before they spot you. No matter the reason you love inshore fishing, we provide you with the techniques to catch a trophy. 

Inshore Fishing Boats

Bay boats, flats boats and skiffs are specialized for inshore anglers to reach those shallow waters you simply can’t get to in a center console. Shallow draft, lighter weights and lesser horsepower are common traits of inshore boats. Still, there are plenty of inshore boat options available to anglers. We cover and highlight popular new and used boats on the market today.