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This is my first time posting here, hope I'm in the right spot.

So I started inshore fishing this past year to deal with Covid boredom. I went out with no real prior knowledge, so I did some studying and asking around and learned a ton through Youtube and chatting with other fishermen, but even though I feel like I'm following their advice as closely as possible, I keep coming up empty handed. I'm fishing 3-5 times a week in what sometimes seem to be perfect conditions in pretty good spots, but I never seem to catch what I'm going for (reds, specks, flounder, sheepshead, etc)

Don't get me wrong, I typically have a great time out there regardless of how little success I have, but sometimes the frustration boils over and I end up asking myself if there's some small detail that I'm missing or if I just suck as a fisherman.

Is this just a part of the learning process? Is it like this for most people? Or am I striking out way too much for how often I'm going?

I'm going to keep at it even if I do catch nothing but pinfish and stingrays for the rest of my life, but any advice towards catching more quality fish or just how to approach fishing in general would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks guys!
 

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By the comment of pin fish or stingrays, I will guess you are either shore fishing or bridge fishing. Are you specifically targeting saltwater species? If you catch a pinfish, take a larger rod/reel and either free line a pin fish or small egg sinker to send it out for larger species of fish (red/trout/shark). It kinda helps to know where you are fishing too??? Maybe buddy up with someone and go out with them....
 

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Are you using dead or live bait, or artificials? Salt or brackish? Shore, pier or boat? Helps to know what you're doing to know what you're doing wrong. It has been a learning curve for me also coming from high mountain lakes and streams. Different tackle and tactics, but the fish are starting to come. Keep at it. Also you may try soaking yourself in fish urine prior to venturing out, a common practice aimed at reducing the scent of newcomer. :D
 

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Are you using dead or live bait, or artificials? Salt or brackish? Shore, pier or boat? Helps to know what you're doing to know what you're doing wrong. It has been a learning curve for me also coming from high mountain lakes and streams. Different tackle and tactics, but the fish are starting to come. Keep at it. Also you may try soaking yourself in fish urine prior to venturing out, a common practice aimed at reducing the scent of newcomer. :D
Thanks for the reply man! And I’m typically fishing live shrimp either on a knocker rig or underneath a popping cork with a 2/0 circle hook. I’ll throw artificials like Gulp shrimp/swimming mullet on occasion, but naturals are my usual go-to.

I’m without a boat for the foreseeable future, so I’ve been doing a bunch of land based fishing at little spots I’ve found since moving to Pensacola.

My main spots are the bridge by the navy point boat launch, High Hump bridge in Perdido Key, and Perdido Pass Bridge in Orange Beach. I always make sure water’s moving before I go, preferably falling.

As far as fish pee goes, I think I’d like to try a couple more things before I resort to that, but I appreciate the advice/encouragement 😉 hahaha
 

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By the comment of pin fish or stingrays, I will guess you are either shore fishing or bridge fishing. Are you specifically targeting saltwater species? If you catch a pinfish, take a larger rod/reel and either free line a pin fish or small egg sinker to send it out for larger species of fish (red/trout/shark). It kinda helps to know where you are fishing too??? Maybe buddy up with someone and go out with them....
Thanks for the reply! I’m going to copy and paste exactly what I’m doing from another comment, hopefully that’ll provide a little something to work from:


I’m typically fishing live shrimp either on a knocker rig or underneath a popping cork with a 2/0 circle hook. I’ll throw artificials like Gulp shrimp/swimming mullet on occasion, but naturals are my usual go-to.

I’m without a boat for the foreseeable future, so I’ve been doing a bunch of land based fishing at little spots I’ve found since moving to Pensacola.

My main spots are the bridge by the navy point boat launch, High Hump bridge in Perdido Key, and Perdido Pass Bridge in Orange Beach. I always make sure water’s moving before I go, preferably falling.
 

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Well it sounds like you're doing everything the way I know how so I don't have much else to add. I'm not familiar with the areas but they sound good. I'm a little farther east so maybe someone in your area could chime in. Meantime just keep pluggin.👍
 

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One of the best things you can do is join SaltStrong. www.saltstrong.com. Join the club and watch every video they have. If you do what they teach, you’ll start catching fish every time you go out. I got a membership for my son and it’s amazing how fast he started to out-fish me. Makes me happy to see it. So, it will cost you a couple bucks, but it’s totally worth it.
 

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One of the best things you can do is join SaltStrong. www.saltstrong.com. Join the club and watch every video they have. If you do what they teach, you’ll start catching fish every time you go out. I got a membership for my son and it’s amazing how fast he started to out-fish me. Makes me happy to see it. So, it will cost you a couple bucks, but it’s totally worth it.
I love their videos, and I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a membership for a while now, but if it’s as good as you say I might go ahead and get one. Anything to get an edge!
 

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Well it sounds like you're doing everything the way I know how so I don't have much else to add. I'm not familiar with the areas but they sound good. I'm a little farther east so maybe someone in your area could chime in. Meantime just keep pluggin.👍
Right? I mean, on paper, you’d think I’d be having success, but there’s got to be some detail I’m missing. I just don’t think I can chalk it up to bad luck for as often as I’m going.

but really though, I appreciate the encouragement! Tight lines!
 

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Right? I mean, on paper, you’d think I’d be having success, but there’s got to be some detail I’m missing. I just don’t think I can chalk it up to bad luck for as often as I’m going.

but really though, I appreciate the encouragement! Tight lines!
Do the Saltstrong thing like JSpooney said, I do too. The lures they sell work so do the techniques.
 

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Explain to us your rig in detail. Line, leader, swivel size.
 

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Thanks for the reply! I’m going to copy and paste exactly what I’m doing from another comment, hopefully that’ll provide a little something to work from:




My main spots are the bridge by the navy point boat launch, High Hump bridge in Perdido Key, and Perdido Pass Bridge in Orange Beach. I always make sure water’s moving before I go, preferably falling.
First...Sunset Ave Bridge by the boat launch...only time it produces is is when bait is flushing out. Better off going to the little park on the north side of the bridge ( across Sunset from the boat launch) and flipping the bait just outside the shallow water.

Bridge going to Perdido Key ( Theo Baars bridge).. fish the south side of the bridge where the old bridge was. Redfish and black snapper around the rubble like shrimp, bull minnows and small pinfish but don't try to bottom fish. Debris is everywhere.

Headed towards Orange Beach, hit the Florida state park, go to the bay side. Fish just over the grassbeds. Shrimp under a popping cork, small pinfish, bull minnow or DOA shrimp. Specks and redfish are still on the grass beds.

Alabama Point...big pinfish, flatlined or under a cork. Big redfish, bluefish and jack Crevelle.
 

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Explain to us your rig in detail. Line, leader, swivel size.
I’m usually going with 25 lb braided line and about 5 feet of 25 lb flouro leader tied straight to the main line, 2/0 circles with anywhere from a 1/2 oz- 2 oz egg sinker directly above the hook, knocker rig style.

if I’m fishing a popping cork, I use anywhere from 18”-24” of flouro, and I’m using the same sized circle hooks or a 1/4 oz jig head with either live shrimp, Gulp New Penny shrimp or gulp swimming mullet (I think both of them are 4”, maybe 3”).

My retrieve usually goes one pop, then I wait a few seconds after the cork stands straight back up to pop again.
 

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This is my first time posting here, hope I'm in the right spot.

So I started inshore fishing this past year to deal with Covid boredom. I went out with no real prior knowledge, so I did some studying and asking around and learned a ton through Youtube and chatting with other fishermen, but even though I feel like I'm following their advice as closely as possible, I keep coming up empty handed. I'm fishing 3-5 times a week in what sometimes seem to be perfect conditions in pretty good spots, but I never seem to catch what I'm going for (reds, specks, flounder, sheepshead, etc)

Don't get me wrong, I typically have a great time out there regardless of how little success I have, but sometimes the frustration boils over and I end up asking myself if there's some small detail that I'm missing or if I just suck as a fisherman.

Is this just a part of the learning process? Is it like this for most people? Or am I striking out way too much for how often I'm going?

I'm going to keep at it even if I do catch nothing but pinfish and stingrays for the rest of my life, but any advice towards catching more quality fish or just how to approach fishing in general would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks guys!
Im not a inshore guy. I’m strictly freshwater.

But, If I’m understanding your post, you are completely new to fishing. If that’s the case I think your just following the learning curve. Keep researching and fishing. Things will start to turn around for you and you’ll learn a trick here and there and before you know you’ll start being consistent. Main thing is to enjoy your time on the water whether your catching or just fishing. If you do this, everything else will eventually fall into place.

Keep fishing and learning. Good luck
 

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For one thing, a 2/0 hook is way too big for a shrimp. Drop down to a size 1 or 2 circle. Also drop down your leader size to around 15 pounds.
 
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The 25lb flouro is way to big for clear water leader shy fish, go down to 12 or even 10lb test....If you know the fish are where you are fishing and just can't get them to bite ,then you got to try stealther approaches......Are your burying the hook where you can't see it...? If its shiny ,that may be your problem.....I'd rather lose a few fish than not get any bites at all...Good Luck....
 

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Don't use a knocker rig, Carolina rig your shrimp. Black swivel not shiny swivel. Popping cork, the the length under the cork depends on water depth. Not to shallow not to deep. Keep it just above the grass. Artificial. Swim baits, mirrodine,skitterwalks, or rapala x rap.

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Use the smallest treble best hook (preferably black) you can find with live shrimp hooked under the horn. Free line the shrimp with 10-12# mono, no flouro, weights or swivels needed. Or use a popping cork with 10-12# flouro and same treble hook. No added weights or swivels. Use a weighted popping cork if you have to.
The shrimp wants to swim and you should encourage that.
 
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