Step up your inshore fishing game by using advanced techniques and tackle on your fishing trips.
With this course you will catch fish where conventional knowledge fails!
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Intro to IF201
Who is Devin and what is LAFB?
Meet your instructor for this course and the overarching inshore resource that is LAFB.
How to Make Best Use of IF201
Critical instructions for shortening the learning curve and getting the most out of this course.
Difference between IF101 and IF201
How is Inshore Fishing 101 different from a course like this one?
How IF201 Takes You To The Next Level
What you learn here will transform you as an angler (if you are willing to practice it).
Three Kinds of Fishing Line
Mono, Fluoro and Braid
Let’s go over the “big three” of fishing line and why you should use ALL of them.
How Monofilament Is Made
Understanding how mono is made gives you an insight into its characteristics.
Characteristics of Monofilament
Mono is so good for specific techniques because it possesses characteristics other fishing lines do not.
Inshore Applications of Monofilament
What is monofilament best used for in inshore fishing in Louisiana?
How Fluorocarbon Is Made
FC is also extruded, but its chemical makeup is not identical to monofilament.
Characteristics of Fluorocarbon
Because of its density, fluorocarbon offers advantages in certain styles of fishing that help you catch more trout and redfish.
Braided Fishing Line
Characteristics of Braid
Sure, it doesn’t stretch, but these other things make braid a good choice for specific applications.
When To Use Braided Fishing Line
Typically used as an all-purpose fishing line, braid has specific applications where it works better than other lines.
Intro to Casting Tackle
Another Tool in the Toolbox
Don’t be a baitcaster hater, it’s a genuinely awesome tool that does catch more fish.
Quick Tour of a Baitcaster
Let’s go over all the features of a baitcaster and demystify their function.
The most misunderstood part of a baitcaster that, when tuned, will turn you into a casting machine.
There are different gear ratios for different types of fishing. Here’s how to choose the one that best fits your needs!
You don’t want a clunker, but you don’t want a reel that will break in a couple years, either.
Your hand is unique, and the shape of the reel will determine how well it performs in your hand.
Other Cool Features
These are other features to consider when finding a baitcaster that’s perfect for you.
Recommendations + Where To Buy
A few baitcasters you ought to consider to get you started plus where you can buy to save your hard earned money.
What is a casting rod?
Not sure what the differences are between this and a spinning rod? See them here.
What To Look For In A Good Casting Rod
We’re not building rods here, but these are the things you need to be looking at in order to make a good decision for the angler who matters: you.
The skinny on hook keepers, so you can find the one that best fits your needs and style of fishing.
Spooling Fishing Line
Tips for Spooling Line to Prevent Backlash
Casting performance begins with how line is spooled. Here’s how to do it right the first time.
Holding a Baitcaster
Try Holding Your Baitcaster Like This
Everyone is unique, but palming a reel like this has its performance advantages.
Tuning Your Baitcaster
Setting the Tension Knob for Minimal Backlash
You should begin learning how to use a baitcaster with the tension knob tuned like this.
How to Set the Tension Knob for Max Performance
Once you build your casting skill, you can loosen up that tension knob to really zing lures.
Properly Adjusting the Brakes
Tuning your reel’s brakes properly only improves your casting performance. Here’s how.
Dealing With Backlash
What causes backlash?
Preventing this inconvenience begins with understanding how it happens in the first place.
How to Remove Backlash
Doesn’t matter who you are, backlash is inevitable. Here’s how to quickly remove it and resume making quality casts.
How to Roll Cast
Overhead casting is for the birds, this technique will enable you to get lures where a popping cork can’t go.
Not often utilized in inshore fishing, this casting technique is still good to know and practice.
Skipping, Part 3
Here’s the technique of skipping, how to do it, and the finer points of gaining this skill.
Understanding Artificial Lures
Presentation vs Action
These terms are used interchangeably throughout IF201 and it’s important you are intimate with their difference.
What’s an “idiot bait”?
Another term you ought to know, because some artificial lures are to presented in a very particular way compared to others.
Jigheads and Soft Plastics
Rigging Jigheads and Soft Plastics Correctly
You really need to do this correctly, it will count on the days fish aren’t biting so easy.
The Pontchartrain Pop
What is this specialized technique?
This is a style of presenting a jig that enables you to catch fish that cannot be caught with other tackle (or won’t bite).
Breakdown of How To Do It
Step by step instructions on how to fish the Pontchartrain Pop, so easy that a caveman can do it.
What makes a jerkbait special?
Just like other baits in IF201, this one has its own special traits to create special presentations.
Know Your Jerkbait’s Action
You should take time to see how it responds underwater so you know what you are giving the fish (and learn what they like).
Intro to Swimbaits
Swimbaits should be a staple in your tackle box, especially for Louisiana’s grassy marsh.
How to Retrieve/Work a Swimbait
Here’s some suggestions on how to make that bait as appetizing as possible.
Tiller, Remote and Foot Pedal Trolling Motors
There are several styles, but only one rules the roost.
Freshwater vs Saltwater Trolling Motors
Believe it or not, freshwater trolling motors can be an option for inshore anglers. Here’s why.
Do you have any crank bait recommendations for bass/reds?
The h2o Express crankbaits from Academy are awesome, especially the squarebills and sub 1ft SFSW crankbaits.