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Best Inshore Fishing Locations in Florida


Inshore fishing occurs within a mile out in those waterways along the shore that require a boat, such as the shorelines, estuaries, bays, saltwater rivers, and the well known Mosquito Lagoon. Code Red Fishing Charters offers the ultimate inshore fishing experience. When you are inshore fishing, state laws apply, and you must adhere to the State of Florida Fishing Regulations and applicable Florida Boating Regulations. Code Red Fishing Charters guarantees every fishing charter maintains compliance, so all you need to do is fish.


Finding the location of your prize-sized catch is the first step to any inshore fishing trip. The lure, bait, and presentation won't bring results otherwise. Code Red Fishing Charters has knowledge of some of the best known fishing hot spots among anglers.


Grass Flats


The most successful inshore fishing in Florida occurs in submerged grass beds. More fish are caught in the grass flats than any other Florida location. Florida's flat inshore saltwater areas are fairly shallow. This facilitates the growth of a grassy floor by allowing the sunlight to penetrate the shallow waters and reach the bottom.



Grass flats with the highest population of fish are in waters between 4 to 10 feet in depth. These deep grass flats attract and maintain a variety of species. Small baitfish such as pin fish and grunts, along with crustaceans, including shrimp and crabs, thrive in the submerged vegetation.  This makes the perfect environment for catching feeding redfish.


Mangrove Shorelines

Fish favor a changing environment. Depth changes, vegetation changes, and irregular shorelines create prime fishing locations. The cuts in the mangrove shorelines create favorable population outcomes. The current pulls back and forth through the cuts. This activity causes the game fish to stage, waiting for the current to effortlessly pull in forage. This naturally increases the population of feeding fish in the area.  Mangrove shorelines are another great location to catch redfish.



Channels


Fish migrate via underwater highways, known as channels, passes and inlets. The Gulf and Atlantic are connected to inshore bays by inlets and passes. Deeper inshore channels provide a location for fish to stage on outgoing and low tides.


Passes and inlets accommodate a large variety of fish species. While it can be easy to hook a fish in these locations, a hard and fast current can present challenges.  Code Red Fishing Charters has the skill and technique to help you overcome the setbacks that a current presents.

Bait and Gear

Terminal tackle works great when using live or cut bait. They only require a 2 foot leader and a 30 pound test.  A 7 foot medium action rod is ideal for inshore saltwater fishing.  Your rod should be matched with a 3000 series spinning reel. 




A 12 pound test monofilament fishing line is perfect for catching a redfish.  A 20 pound braided fishing line can be difficult to get the knots out and untangle, but it offers another good option for fishing for redfish. 


Always match the hook size to the size of the bait being used.  A quarter ounce jig head with a 3 inch to 4 inch grub body will catch just about any redfish in Florida waters.

Fishing Charters


Want to learn more about Inshore Fishing Locations in Florida?


Code Red Fishing Charters provides an all inclusive inshore fishing adventure in the shallow waters along the coast of New Smyrna Beach and in Mosquito Lagoon. Call Captain Matt Lee at (386) 214-3530!


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