Throughout Florida, every region offers a different opportunity at inshore species. For example, fishing the oyster bars of Jacksonville is much different than fishing the grass flats of Pine Island Sound. Most fisherman are the same, every time we walk into the tackle shop, we pick up a new lure or two…or ten, we’re like women with shoes. Having a variety of lures in your tackle box is great, but there is baseline. Having these five styles of lures in your box will cover just about any species and technique used in Florida. Many companies make lures like these below, check out your options and use what works best for you.
Rapala Skitter Walk
We live for the topwater bite, if you don’t, you might not be alive. The click’n and clack’n noise of the rattle catches the fish’s attention, and a profile “walking” on the surface drives them to seal the deal, and explode on the bait. The best times to throw topwater plugs are early morning and late evening, when the fish are more active. Overcast days may extend these periods of good topwater fishing, due to the lack of sun. Topwater is my go to bait when working around schools of bait. Hitting the outside edges of the school, the plug looks like a bait that has strayed from the pack, making it an easy target. You can check out the Skitter Walk here.
Deadly on Anything (D.O.A.), couldn’t be any truer when it comes to their shrimp. I think I’ve caught more species on this lure than…