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Old 06-09-2015, 10:07 AM   #1
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Hey y'all,
I'm going to be spending next week in Navarre, and I'm bringing my kayaks. I'm a regular over in the "Kayak Forum", have gained a lot of knowledge from this site even before I was a member, and I'm going to post this in the kayak section also. I usually fish the gulf, but looking at the surf forecast I don't think that's going to be an option next week. So here lies my predicament, not fishing while on vacation is not even an option, and I know absolutely nothing about inshore fishing. I'm a bass pond or gulf fisherman, and there's never been mush middle ground besides a few guided redfish trips in South LA. I've been wanting to learn inshore mainly because of the much for forgiving water conditions in comparison to the gulf and that's pretty much all we have in MS, but just haven't taken the time. Would anyone be willing to share some pointers like where to start, what baits, best tide conditions, and what structure or water depth is most productive. I know I'm asking a lot, but I'm down there for one week every summer so it's not like I'm going to ravage your secret spots. Speaking of secrets, feel free to text me if you don't want to post, or if you want to bring your yak join the party next week. Oh, I'm also not opposed to trying out fishing any of the fridges I read about on here all the time. text 601 five8zero 2769

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Old 06-11-2015, 04:05 PM   #2
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Tidal movement is always best but if you're only down for a week I'd fish anyway even if it's neap tides. You can probably use your bass gear, just tighten down the drags to keep salt out and rinse gently with freshwater, then loosen off the drag for storage.

Bring 2 or 3 combos with you. One with a topwater or sub-surface lure for first thing in the morning, one with a soft plastic on a 1/8 or 1/4 oz jig depending on water depth and wind, and the 3rd if you want with a gold spoon.

Colors are going to follow similar rules to bass, natural colors for clear water, light colors for bright days and dark colors for dark days. A good all around color for soft plastics is root beer with gold speckles cause it shows up well in muddy and clear water, light or dark days. Topwater color doesn't matter cause it always looks dark when viewed from below.

Fish "changes", any marsh grass edges, sandy points, dropoffs, or salt-and-pepper seagrass/sandy patches. If there's obvious tidal movement across one of these areas, all the better but it's not necessary. If you've only got a few days to fish, then get out and just keep casting and moving. Don't do the same thing or be in the same spot for more than 15-20min. The fish will let you know real quick when you find them and throw something they like.

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Alex my man...... That is the best, most detailed, and easiest to follow advice anyone has given me on here! That's awesome bro, thank you so much!
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Hey Eric,
I was gonna send you a PM but don't see how to do that on this forum...

Not sure which days the wife will let me fish, but next Friday may be do-able for the gulf. I intend to goof off and paddle around the sound.
Looking for some short drive launch points for other inshore opportunities. Blackwater looks pretty good looking at the maps... Lots of inlets, and tidal flow areas.
I plan on going to the bait shop and asking as much info as possible..,.
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Hey Eric,
I was gonna send you a PM but don't see how to do that on this forum...
You do not have enough posts yet, I think the number is 15 or 20, until PM privileges are extended.

Sooo post away
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Old 06-12-2015, 02:33 PM   #6
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Hey Eric,
I was gonna send you a PM but don't see how to do that on this forum...

Not sure which days the wife will let me fish, but next Friday may be do-able for the gulf. I intend to goof off and paddle around the sound.
That's my plan too, but I'm gonna check the gulf every morning and if I think for one second that I can get out there..... it's on. Like I said give me text if you think I can help. I'm no expert but I've been in and around saltwater fishing my whole life. I've just always passed up the inshore to go on south in hopes of "bigger fish to fry".
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