What Is Inshore Fishing?

Ready for excitement on the water? Then you need to try inshore fishing! The specific definition of inshore fishing can change from angler to angler and from area to area. However, it is generally considered to be any fishing that takes place in waters roughly 30 meters deep or less. So, it’s not exactly how far you are from the shore. Instead, it’s more about the depth of the water that determines whether or not you are inshore fishing.

Difference Between Inshore vs Offshore Fishing

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Because of the shallower depths, the waters for inshore fishing are calmer than offshore fishing. This means your can have a smaller, more basic boat. Inshore fishing is also marked by smaller, lighter tackle, bait, and lures.

In terms of targeted species, inshore generally brings in smaller fish than offshore fishing, although the overall numbers of fish can be larger. For example, when offshore fishing you might spend a full day trying to catch one massive sailfish. With inshore fishing, you might spend the day catching three dozen redfish. Trophies like blue fin tuna or shark are not as common, but a full livewell of edible fish is.

Types Of Inshore Fish

With inshore fishing, you can’t expect to pick up a once-in-a-lifetime trophy. You simply won’t find the massive marlin or shark that you can hope to catch during an offshore outing. What you can expect, however, is to have a wonderful time catching feisty, high-volume fish.

One of the most popular species is redfish, which is an active feeder that takes both live bait and lures. Snook, flounder, and black drum are also fish that are very popular among anglers who frequent inshore waters.

If you are looking for size, you can go after tarpon, which is not a fish for the table but offers excellent sport for anglers who appreciate a strong, challenging fight. One of the most elusive inshore species is the bonefish, which is found in shallow flats and requires the patience and stealth of a hunter.

What Kind Of Boat Do You Need?

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The boat you choose is important for the success of inshore fishing. As we said earlier, you’ll want a smaller, more nimble boat for accessing inshore areas. Generally, a good inshore fishing boat is about 18 to 25 feet in length, which gives you a manageable size while still maintaining good overall stability.

With offshore fishing, you often spend a full day, or even multiple days on the water, but this is not the case with inshore fishing. This means you don’t necessarily need the conveniences and amenities that you have with offshore boats. A sleeping quarter, for example, is not needed, and a head (bathroom) is not a requirement either. Of course, it never hurts to have luxuries like a fridge or canopy, but it’s more important to have a boat loaded with quality fishing features, such as rod storage and a bait well.

Get the Right Inshore Fishing Boat from Scout

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With a full selection of top-quality vessels, we have the right inshore fishing boat for your specific needs. Whether you want a large boat for deep-sea fishing or a light boat for targeting intertidal areas, you’ll find exactly what you need.

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