Whether you’re a die-hard offshore fisherman, or a freshwater junkie, sometimes the ICW is the best middle ground for a day of bending rods. Sometimes the weather doesn’t permit offshore fishing, and sometimes it’s just good to get out and try new things. Snook, Tarpon, Jack Crevalle, Mangrove Snapper, and Redfish are all common fish found in the ICW that can provide a fun fight for any angler.
Below are 5 tips for fishing the ICW:
- Start by fishing around structure. Walls, docks, and oyster beds are common places to find a variety of species feeding and even residing more permanently. If fishing at night, try to find a few docks lights with resident fish.
- Spend time catching bait if possible. The best bait will help make your day more successful. If mullet are around, try finding the smaller or medium sized baits to increase your chances of getting bit by the smaller fish(unless you are only ager the big ones).
- When live bait isn’t an option, keep some “go-to” lures on board such as the Live Target Mullet, Croakers, and Sardines. The Spooltek Mullets(multiple sizes) and some Rapala top-water lures to entice an explosive top-water bite. Berkley Gulp Shrimp work great for catching Snook under dock lights as well.
- Don’t be afraid to move and find a new location if you aren’t getting bit.
- Dead bait works too! If the above techniques don’t work for you – try picking up some frozen shrimp.