A Beginners Guide to Inshore Fishing

A Beginners Guide to Inshore Fishing

Many new fishers rely on inshore angling. It offers beginners a place to wet their lines for the first time in areas with a high volume of fish. The shallow and calm waters also benefit anglers who want to bring their kids along. If you're planning your first inshore trip, learn more about what you'll need to ensure its success.

What Gear Do You Need for Inshore Fishing?


The different fish you may encounter during inshore angling will depend on your geography and the body of water. However, there are common species found at inshore locations. While they're not large, they are feisty, and you'll need to make sure you have the right bait or lures. Research the inshore location and prepare for some of the different species, including:

  • Black Drum: They prefer live bait rather than lures. Invest in shrimp and crabs, which make up a large portion of a black drum's diet.
  • Flounder: Live baitfish, like a croaker, bluefish, or mullet, will attract flounder to your line.
  • Redfish: They're voracious feeders that will respond to both lures and live bait.
  • Snook: Use live baitfish, including grunts, mullet, pigfish, and shrimp.


            Inshore waters are placid and relaxing, but sun exposure can make the experience uncomfortable. You'll need outerwear and accessories that will handle even the hottest days. Invest in performance fishing shirts and swim trunks to help protect you from the sun and wick moisture. Accessories, like hats and coolers, will also keep you fresh.


            Inshore bodies of water are only up to 30 meters (98 feet) deep. You'll need longer rods starting at 6.5 and 7 feet to help bait the fish without spooking them in shallow waters. Beginners can also benefit from combo rods, which are customized to your style of fishing.

            What Are the Types of Inshore Fishing?

            Wade Fishing

            There are common variations of inshore fishing, depending on your location. Wade fishing requires the least amount of gear—just your rod, bait, and outerwear. You'll walk into the current rather than use a boat since many fish in wading waters stay close to the shore. Invest in a 2500 series reel for species under 50 pounds. Heavier fish will need you to upgrade to the 4000 series.

            Kayak Fishing

            Kayaks have elevated seats, increasing your field of vision. While lean, they still offer enough room to store gear and extra rods. Many kayaks also have multiple holders, allowing you to bring along friends or kids who can enjoy their first fishing expedition with you.

            Surf Fishing

            This form of inshore angling allows you to stay dry while also providing the highest level of catch diversity. Depending on your area, anything from bluefish to spotted sea trout can appear on your line.

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