Stock Up Your Inshore Tackle Box with Essentials
When you head out on Alabama’s productive inshore waters, having the right lures and equipment in your tackle box could mean the difference in simply a wonderful boat ride along our beautiful coast or an ice chest of fish for your next meal.
Early in the fishing season, the inshore species of speckled trout (spotted seatrout) and redfish don’t seem to be too finicky about what they bite after a winter of relative inactivity. That means that artificial lures will usually work well once you locate where the fish are hanging out.
I’m a “grub” fisherman, personally. I love to cast lures and feel that strike. And the grub, a plastic minnow-imitation body, with a lead jighead is my default lure.
Therefore, my tackle box is filled with a variety of plastic bodies from those that look like the minnows and other baitfish the sportfish species prefer. I use grubs from 2 ½ to 4 inches long most of the time in a wide variety of colors - white, silver, chartreuse or combinations of colors, some with flakes for flash or different colors on the paddle tails, which gives the minnow imitation a swimming motion.
I also have a variety of jig heads in sizes of ¼-ounce, 3/8-ounce and half-ounce. Most of the time I use the ¼-ounce because most of the inshore waters in Alabama are relatively shallow. If you head out into some deeper water and want to get the bait to the bottom in a hurry, choose the half-ounce.
Those jigheads will also be in a variety of colors, including red, white, chartreuse and natural. Have plenty of all of them if you’re fishing in areas with a great deal of structure, like the inshore reefs, rock jetties or petroleum platforms.