In this course you will gain the foundational knowledge needed to select the correct tackle, safely navigate the marsh, find your own fishing spots and put limits of specks and reds in the boat.
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This Section is Dedicated to Melissa Larson
Melissa is a bonafide angler who has been there since the beginning. Thank you, Melissa!
Speckled trout are a schooling species. It’s their instinct to hang out in numbers and for a couple different reasons.
If anything at all, it’s critical you understand these things about speckled trout.
Just like rod specs, knowing exactly what makes a reel a good fit or not is key to selecting the best one for you.
There’s a lot to choose from, but for the sake of simplicity, let’s narrow it down to *one* kind.
Soft Plastics You Need
There are a lot of lures for you to choose from, so here in IF101 we’ll narrow it down to what works and is worth your dollar.
Rigging Soft Plastics (The Right Way)
Rigging soft plastics correctly not only catches you more fish but also shows others you know what you’re talking about.
The One Hook That Does It All
Again, we’re narrowing down hook selection to get you started with what is proven and worth your dollar.
Three Fishing Knots That Do It All
If you enjoy knot tying, then you’ll enjoy this. If you’re not quite the knot nerd, then that’s okay because these will get you by just fine.
Improved Clinch Knot
This knot is my all-time favorite, mostly because it is the first knot I learned to tie and I am very good at tying it quickly. I have used it for all kinds of lines and found it to retain 90%+ of the line’s tensile strength.
Uni to Uni Knot
This knot is key to tie leader lines directly to your main line without the use of a swivel.
This is the knot used to tie fishing line to the spool. Be sure to pull tightly so the line properly grips the spool!
Arbor Knot on the GoPro
Here is another video of tying the Arbor Knot. It can be a difficult knot, but this GoPro vid ought to help.
How To Spool Line Onto A Spinning Reel
Shot on the GoPro, so you see it from the perspective as if you were doing it yourself.
The Rig That Does It All
Years of trying different tackle combinations have revealed this rig to be a great fit for trout and reds.
How To Use The Inshore Rig
Fish hold at different depths of the water column and the Inshore Rig can be adapted to fish all of them.
A hallmark of a successful fishing trip includes catching trout two at a time, but the Double Rig has other advantages as well.
This rig really wins when it comes to color experimentation and putting more bait in the water.
Also known as a SeaBrook Rig, this rig became famous because it was used successfully by inshore angler John Rucker to win the STAR Rodeo.
Watch Out For Marketing
This lesson will help shed light on what’s really inside tackle stores and save you a lot of money.
Why live bait?
Catching fish builds confidence and it is that confidence that will get you to new levels of fishing skill.
Different Kinds of Live Bait
There are many different kinds of live bait inshore anglers use and, while live shrimp is the most common, there are other types you should be aware of.
Tips on Keeping Bait Alive
The biggest problem with live bait, especially shrimp, is keeping them alive. Here are some tips.
How to Rig Live Bait
There are a lot of ways to rig live bait. Here are the proven methods of doing so.
How to Rig Dead Bait
This lesson is pretty straightforward, but has good tips if you don’t have a lot of experience using dead bait.
Setup Your Live Bait For Success
The key to successfully catching limits of speckled trout and redfish is moving efficiently and purposefully, and these tips help you do that.
Understanding How and Why the Water Moves
Mastering The Tide
Used to, it took years to gain this knowledge. Now it is right here in one spot for you to learn.
Find Speckled Trout and Redfish
Now that we have gone over everything we have, we can finally move on to finding biting fish!
Intro to Google Earth
Do this if you don’t have a computer
Some tips to get your hands on this valuable planning and research tool.
Using Google Earth to Find GREAT Fishing Spots
Where to fish in a tideline?
There is no magic bullet for identifying which part of a specific tideline is “best”, but this lesson gives you a good idea where to begin.
More Fishing Spot Types
Before we go into how to find these flats, ledges and reefs on Google Earth, let’s go over what they are exactly.
Ledges are underwater and can be difficult to detect using satellite imagery, but there are some tricks.
When a point of land or island erodes it will leave an underwater “hump” that fish like to use as an ambush point. Here’s how to find them.