4 Fish to Target While Inshore Fishing

Just a few weeks ago, I put up an article about 6 saltwater fish that fight. I wanted to write another article today about an upcoming trip where we will be doing some inshore fishing.

I have been doing to a little research for our upcoming trip next year and started to looking into some fishing trips. We have been on many charters but have never taken an inshore fishing trip. So I think that’s exactly what we will do.

To share a little on my thinking of these specific fish selected below, I focused on where we would be taking our trip. We will be taking an Navarre, Florida fishing charter. Today, we will go over four types of fish that can be targeted, so let’s get started.

 

Redfish A.K.A Ocean Perch

As you can see, younger fish has a lighter color and more mature Redfish will have a reddish color

Found in the Atlantic Ocean and the Golf of Mexico, Redfish goes by many names. Some common names are, Channel Bass, Puppy Drum, Red Drum and as mentioned above, Ocean Perch.

At one point in the 80’s, laws had to be put into place to protect this fish from being over targeted. Since then, the Redfish has made a big comeback  and are now legal to fish again. However, most if not all states have low bag/size limits on this fish.

Size of Redfish

  • Redfish matures in between 3-5 years
  • Common mature length on male Redfish is around 28 inches, and 33 inches for females
  • An adult female weight can get to around 90 pounds

Where to find Redfish

You can find and fish Redfish in the Atlantic Ocean and Golf of Mexico. You will find them in shallow waters with on the edge of bays and in vegetation.

How do they taste

The Redfish is a very tasty fish. They have a sweet mild flavor with large moist flakes and a firmer meat. They are commonly described as comparable to the Red Snapper. Though Redfish are edible in larger sizes, many people prefer them in the 15 pound range. It is noted that this fish may start to get more “gamey” as they grow past that weight.

Speckled Trout

Though not in the same family as trout, the Speckled or Spotted Sea Trout carries its name because they look so closely aligned with river trout.  Speckled Trout are actually a part of the Drum Fish family.

This fish is plentiful, mostly due to fishing regulations. Many states do not allow gillnets to be used when fishing the Speckled Trout. This being said, most of this species are caught using line and lures.

Size of Speckled Trout

Speckled Trout is not a huge fish.

  • Adult males average 19 inches with females averaging 25 inches
  • Normal caught weight of the Spotted Trout is between 1-5 pounds. Anything over 8 pounds is pretty rare with the world record being around 17.5 pounds.

Where to find Speckled Trout

These fish are found in the Golf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.

This species of fish has a long spawning season which contributes to their plentiful population. It ranges from spring through the summer. During this time, you can find Speckled Trout in shallow bays with plenty of sea grass or other heavy vegetation.

After Spawning season and when the water temperature starts to drop, these fish move into deeper waters throughout the Atlantic and Golf.

How do they taste

This fish has small flakes with a meaty texture and has a briny flavor.

Flounder Inshore Fishing

Flounder comes in many sizes and colors. Actually, Flounder is a generic name for any flat fish. They are very common in many waters.

Flounder are known to be the camouflage master. They are flat with two eyes on top allowing them to stay on the bottom of the ocean always searching for food. The upside of this fish blends in with its surrounding making it hard to see by predators. The underside of the Flounder is mostly pale or colorless.

Flounder Size

The size of Flounder can very since it shares the name with all flat fish. The Florida state record is 20.9 pounds to give you an idea on size in the U.S..

Where to fish Flounder

Flounder can be found in many different places in the United States. From the Atlantic to the Pacific and pretty much anywhere in between. They can be found offshore and inshore.

How do Flounder taste

The flavor profile of Flounder is a mild sweet with small flakes and thin meat.

Tarpon

I’m sure you have seen the viral video of the man catching a Tarpon off of a dock by hand (video above). Tarpon can be aggressive and are fun catch.

Tarpon is an air breathing fish that is part of the Megalops family. They are silver and shiny with scales covering the whole body besides it’s head. This species is a sought after fish for anglers that is known to put up a great fight.

Tarpon Size

The common size of Tarpon can range between four to eight feet long ranging in weight from 60 to 280 pounds. The world record Tarpon is roughly estimated at just over 300 pounds.

Where to fish Tarpon

The Tarpon species has a wide range in the ocean but mostly found in the tropical waters of the western Atlantic. In the U.S., thy can easily be found in the Golf of Mexico and Florida.

How do Tarpon taste

Though Tarpon is edible, they are mostly fished for sport only. Tarpon is a very boney fish that is hard to clean. There is also not a big market for the taste of Tarpon.

In The End

In the end, there are many other fish you can go after when inshore fishing like Sheephead and Jack Crevalle among many others. The above species I covered above are the ones I have been researching. I believe we have narrowed our choice down between Tarpon or Spekled Trout. I believe we will have a great time wither way.

Permanent vs Travel RV Camping Spots

There are many types of campers with tent only, hike camping and travel trailer camping are probably the most common. Today we will be covering travel trailer (or RV) camping.

Within this group, there are two types of campers. Some pull their campers to different campsites each trip and other rent a site for the year. We have done both over the years and there are pros and cons for both types. So let’s go over both now…

Permanent Camping Spots

Having a yearly camping spot has a lot of pros but also has some very noteworthy cons to cover. If you are thinking of taking the dive into a yearly camping spot, here are the pros and cons of doing so.

Convenience

The biggest pro of renting a camping spot for the year is probably the reason you may be considering it, convenience!

No one like to set up the camper. It can take most of your first night away from you leveling, testing power, digging out all the water hoses, sewage, etc. When you have a yearly camping spot, you set up once and you are mostly golden. When you show up, you can drop your awning, throw your rug down, turn water/electric on and you ready for the fire pit.

Making Friends

Camping is known as a family activity which is true. But depending on your family situation, kids get bored quite easy. Each of of our 3 children are 5 years apart. As of now, they range from 4 to 14 years old (yes 15 years from youngest to oldest!). Your kids making friends that they will most likely get to play with on every camping trip is worth more than I could ever imagine.

My kids being so far apart, they fight, a lot. My 9 and 14 year old do everything possible to irritate the other. Being able to let them have friends to hang out with during the day is great and has taken a lot of pressure off my wife and I.

It is also nice when us adults also make friends at a camp ground. Sure, you want the family time and some quiet nights by the fire which we get. But, if you camp a lot like we do, its always nice to know others around to have some camping parties.

Lastly, yearly campers are like one big family. They watch over each other when you might be around. Just last year while we were out of town on a family vacation, a storm came through our camp ground. We got a text that a tree fell on our camper 2 days into our trip. We were also sent photos and information that we had 15 other campers covering our camper to prevent more (water damage) within 5 minutes of it falling in the middle of the storm! When we got back, it was all tarp’ed up and ready for the insurance company.

Making Your Camping Site Yours

Another Pro is that you can set up your camping spot the way you want. It’s yours for the year(s) you rent it, so it’s your yard! So, set those flags, put out those flowers and make it look pretty!

Some camp grounds will allow you to lay your own rock or nice concrete pad. Most yearly camping spots do not do this yearly.

You may also be able to add a small shed to keep your golf cart, fishing gear or your other camping toys in. Is this over kill? Maybe, but I have seen some crazy setups! we do not personally have a shed since our spot floods in the winter and early spring. However, we do leave our golf cart and grill behind our camper while not there.

Fire Pit Always Ready

Lastly, having a yearly camp site can save you time and money overall. No more buying $5 bundles of fire wood that lasts half a night. Bring in and stack your own! You can go out and buy a rick of wood for $65 which I have done or do what I do now and split your own. Read up on reviews of log splitters and get yourself one. It will not only turn free wood into fire wood for the year, but you will also very quickly become a very popular person in your camp ground. Take it over and help a couple neighbors split wood for a day and you have favors for the whole year.

Travel RV Camping

So permanent camping spots are not for everyone. Hey, I get it and up until lat season, all we did was travel camp. We selected to try a permanent site for the convenience. However, my family and I actually enjoy traveling more overall. So let’s cover why travel camping offers.

More Family Time

Since each camping trip is new (or not common), it is more of a family trip. Everyone seems to stay closer together, we go to the pool together, hike together, etc. The kids tend to get along a little better because they are not in a comfortable place. We tend to sit around the fire a little more as a family and just hang out and talk. This is what camping is really all about and I hold that time close to my heart.

Never Gets Old

When you have a yearly spot, kids can get bored with it. We have noticed the kids are not “excited ” to go camping as much as when we traveled a lot. When you travel a little, there is always something new going on. You can also visit state parks, themed camp grounds. We like Camp Jellystone which are located all over the place.

The Downside

Like I mentioned above, this is our 2nd year at a permanent camping site for the convenience. When you pull and set your camper each time you go camping, it makes for a very short stay most weekends. By the time we would get home from work and get to our camping site on Friday nights, it would be 7:30PM and we would still need to set up. Once set up we would eat late and our Friday night would be over. We would have all day Saturday and then leave Sunday.

It got to the point where it wasn’t worth the trip unless we took a day or two off every time we went camping. There are only so many camp sites close enough to hit late on a Friday. We found ourselves camping less and less and taking more time off work to take longer trips away from home.

We love to camp, during the summer we try to camp 3 out of 4 weekends per month. Travel camping was just turning into too much work.

The Final Thought

Permanent camping or travel camping is really a choice of what works best for your situation. If you camp a lot, a permanent spot might be worth a try. Worst case, you do not stay for the following year.

If you do not camp 3 weekends a month, travel might work best for you.

We personally like travel camping more but are going with the convenience (for now). However, we have decided to pull out and make a week long camping trip at least once a year. As mentioned above, we love Camp Jellystone. Our favorite is the one on Lake Monroe and the other is at Mammoth Caves. Our plan is to mix things up and travel a bit to keep things fresh 🙂