Saltwater Fish Identification & Tips
Some of the more popular saltwater sport fish:
- Redfish | Learn More: Fishing Basics, Lures, Fishing Rigs, Live Baits
- Tarpon | Learn More: Fishing Basics, Lures, Fishing Rigs, Live Baits
- Spotted Sea Trout | Learn More: Fishing Basics, Fishing Lures, Fishing Rigs, Live Baits
- Snook | Learn More: Fishing Basics, Fishing Lures, Fishing Rigs, Live Baits
- Snapper | Learn More: Fishing Basics, Fishing Lures, Fishing Rigs, Live Baits
- Grouper | Learn More: Fishing Basics, Fishing Lures, Fishing Rigs, Live Baits
View all saltwater fish that we cover (alphabetical order)
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Types of Saltwater Fishing
Deep Sea / Offshore Fishing - Fishing offshore is a great way to target some of the biggest fish of the ocean. Most anglers refer to offshore as being far enough out that you can’t see any land. We believe the actual definition for fishing offshore is 20 miles away from shore, but the term offshore is used loosely among different anglers. Whether you are out just a few miles or 20 miles, most anglers will be trolling or bottom fishing. To fish offshore you need a certain type of boat that can handle the big waves that live offshore. For most anglers, their only chance to fish offshore will be with a fishing charter.
Inshore Fishing means fishing within the sight of land. Saying “let’s head inshore” means moving the boat from offshore back towards land. The term inshore fishing is most commonly used with saltwater fishermen. Some of the inshore areas to fish can be creeks, rivers, harbors, jetties and intracoastal waterways. Some anglers consider fishing from the pier or surf to be inshore fishing, while others may refer to inshore fishing as being from a boat near shore. Some of the popular fish to target inshore are redfish, snook and trout.
Flats Fishing is known as a type of saltwater fishing where you fish a very large area of shallow water. We’re talking about water that is 1 to 4 feet deep. Most people fish the flats from a skiff boat because these boats allow anglers to get into very shallow water (known as skinny water). Once you get onto the flats and the big motor is turned off, you have to decide how you want to proceed. While many anglers prefer to use a push pole to move the boat around the flats, there are plenty of anglers that use their trolling motor and some fishermen even get out and wade the flats. Either way you choose to proceed, fishing the flats can be a very fun and productive way to target a variety of saltwater fish such as redfish, bonefish, sea trout, tarpon, permit, snook, sharks and more.
Kayak Fishing is growing in popularity, although it is still just a small niche in the overall sport of fishing. Fishing from a kayak is a lot of fun for anglers that enjoy getting away from the crowds. Most kayak fishermen use their kayak to fish saltwater marshes, shallow bays and inlets. They are great for fishing shallow water and you usually won’t find any other boats in the areas that you find kayak fishermen. Some of the popular fish that anglers target from the kayak in saltwater are redfish, flounder, sea trout, black drum, striped bass and snook.
Surf Fishing - Fishing from the surf can lead to some very exciting saltwater fishing with minimal costs. Because a variety of fish feed just off the surf, anglers can catch many different types of fish. Pompano, whiting, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, redfish, striped bass and sharks are some of the popular fish that are targeted from the surf.
Pier Fishing - Many anglers enjoy fishing from the numerous fishing piers that can be found along the beaches. Fishing piers will usually give anglers the best chance to catch a bigger saltwater fish while fishing without a boat. There are so many different saltwater fish that can be caught from the piers.