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South East Coast States

You can use this state-by-state summary as a seasonal resource for the best times to saltwater fish in south east coast states. Water temperature will vary by season, and spawning patterns cause fish to migrate during different times of the year.

From Virginia down to Mississippi, the best times to saltwater fish in south east coast states will depend on a few different factors. First, you will need to decide where you want to go fishing in the southeast. In other words, which state do you plan to visit? Second, you will need to consider the effect of saltwater tides since tidal movement can play a part in determining when to saltwater fish. Third, you will need to consider which species you want to catch since some species are migratory, and there are also may be set fishing seasons for certain species based on the state regulations.

Just remember to check a local tide chart to give you an idea of the specific hours to fish because the best time to go will always be on either an incoming tide or outgoing tide when there is plenty of current.

ALABAMA

If you are itching to go deep sea fishing in Alabama, then you should know that summer is one of the best times to plan a trip. The offshore waters are usually calmer during this time of year, and species such as red snapper or king mackerel are active. During the fall and winter months, you may want to focus on fishing the coastal bays and inshore areas for red drum, spotted seatrout and flounder. Once spring arrives, cobia and tripletail are often spotted offshore near structure.

FLORIDA

Spring is one of the best times to saltwater fish in south east coast states, with Floridabeing a popular destination for anglers interested in fishing in the southeast. May and June in Florida signal the arrival of migratory saltwater sport fish species such as tarpon and permit. However, if your goal is to head out on an offshore boat for sailfish, the winter months between December and February will be your best bet. For those who prefer to fish offshore reefs or wrecks for grouper or snapper, summer is often the most popular time of year to go because the offshore waters tend to be calmer during the summer months.

GEORGIA

When summer arrives in Georgia, the fishing heats up along with the air temperatures. The summer season is the time to target flounder, Spanish mackerel, cobia, tarpon, sheepshead, red drum, and black drum in Georgia's inshore waters. Species such as vermilion snapper, grouper, and black sea bass can also be found during this time of year on the offshore reefs. During the late fall is when to fish for spotted seatrout or red drum as they begin to migrate up saltwater inshore creeks and rivers.

MISSISSIPPI

Wondering when to saltwater fish Mississippi's Gulf Coast? Spring and fall are good seasons to fish inshore for red drum, sheepshead, flounder and black drum. Winter, however, is a good time to focus your fishing efforts offshore. December can be a very productive month to troll for tuna and wahoo. Meanwhile, mangrove snapper and grouper can be found on the offshore wrecks, and reefs.

NORTH CAROLINA

One of the best times of year to pay a visit to saltwater fishing spots in North Carolinais during the spring. Places like the Outer Banks are hot spots for offshore boats seeking yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna, and bluefin tuna. Wahoo, sailfish and dolphin Cobia, amberjack, king mackerel, grouper, and snapper head toward nearshore wrecks, reefs, and structure. If you'd rather know where to fish inshore, you can head to places like Carolina Beach in the late spring and early summer to catch flounder, red drum, and spotted seatrout.

SOUTH CAROLINA

The fall and winter months are the ideal time to go saltwater fishing in South Carolina. Places like Hilton Head Island and Myrtle Beach offer good inshore fishing opportunities for flounder, trout, and red drum during this time of year. Grouper, amberjack, vermilion snapper, and black sea bass can be caught on the offshore wrecks and reefs while bottom fishing.

VIRGINIA

Many saltwater Virginia locales, such as Virginia Beach and the Chesapeake Bay, offer some of the best striped bass fishing during the spring and fall months. During spring this species heads north toward cooler waters near New England, and then during the fall head back south toward warmer waters. Peak fishing activity for inshore species such as red drum, flounder, spotted seatrout, and bluefish generally takes place between June and October.

Now that you have a good idea about the best times to saltwater fish in south east coast states, be sure to check the fishing regulations for the specific state you plan to visit and purchase your fishing license online.

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“Power-Driven Lure” Review For Saltwater Anglers [Top 3 Pros & Cons]

“Power-Driven Lure” Review For Saltwater Anglers [Top 3 Pros & Cons]

The Power-Driven Lure is one of the most interesting and unconventional fishing lures on the market today.

This is a battery-powered, rechargeable lure that has an electric propeller on its nose which allows it to move completely on its own. No reeling or technique by the angler necessary.

It has a segmented tail that has great action as the lure moves itself using the propeller on the nose.

I’ve used this lure fishing for some time and want to give you my honest review of it.

In this article, I go over what you need to know about the Power-Driven Lure, including:

  • The top three pros and cons
  • What comes in a Power-Driven Lurepack
  • How to charge it

The Power-Driven Lure Pack 

Each Power-Driven Lure pack comes with three items:

  1. Power-Driven Lure
  2. USB charging cable
  3. One fishing float
  4. Ten lure clasp
  5. One plastic box

There are 4 different color options for the Power-Driven Lure. 

How To Charge The Power-Driven Lure

The Power-Driven Lure is easy to charge and only requires a few quick steps to do so.

To charge it, Insert the red wire to the positive pole and the black wire to the negative pole respectively.

Once the lure is attached to the clips, plug the charging cable into a USB outlet such as an iPhone cord plug.

When it’s charging, a small blue light will come on behind the eye on the lure. The light will go off once the lure is done charging.

It takes about 45 minutes to one hour to fully charge the lure.

Top Three Pros Of The Power-Driven Lure

 In this section, I go over the top three pros I’ve noticed since I started fishing with this lure, which are:

1. Incredibly Lifelike Action

This lure looks incredibly realistic in the water. When the propeller on the front revs up, the segmented tails swings continuously in one of the most realistic lure presentations I’ve ever seen. This action is enticing to fish and very effective.

2. Elite Coloring And Paint Detailing

On top of moving great in the water, the Power-Driven Lure also looks realistic. The paint and detailing on the lure gives it a very lifelike look which is superior to most other lures on the market. All of the different styles for the lures are very well done.

3. Easy To Use

This is one of the easiest lures to use out there. All you need to do is tie a big enough bobber above the lure, cast it out and do nothing. The lure will move and work itself under the bobber without having to reel or move the rod at all. This lure is great for fishing with kids who may just be getting introduced to fishing.

Top Three Cons Of The Power-Driven Lure

 I have found some things I do not like while using the Power-Driven Lure. My top cons for this lure are:

1. Price

The Power-Driven Lure is 38.99 dollars. It is less expensive on the market.

2. Electronics And Corrosion

Anything with electronics in it will speed up the saltwater corrosion process and cause metals to rust quicker. This holds true with the Power-Driven Lure. You must make sure to wash these lures thoroughly and as quick as possible once you get off the water. These lures are recommended for freshwater use but can be used in the saltwater. If you use it in salt, try to get fresh water on it as fast as possible once you’re done fishing with it.

3. Durability

I have concerns about how this lure is going to hold up against saltwater over time and how that will affect the electronics. My two main concerns about the durability are, one, will corrosion eventually cause the lure to break down and ruin the electronics. Two, the hard plastic head can crack if it hits a hard piece of structure, which would ruin the entire lure.

Conclusion

While the Power-Driven Lure is expensive, it is also one of the most innovative lures out there on the market today.

It combines technology with the lure to make fishing easier. It’s great for kids and anyone who is just getting introduced to fishing.

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HOW TO FISH UMBRELLA RIGS FOR BASS

HOW TO FISH UMBRELLA RIGS FOR BASS

Castable umbrella rigs, also called Alabama rigs or A-rigs, were first deployed in tournament bass fishing by Paul Elias in the 2011 FLW Tour Open on Lake Guntersville. Since then, they’ve garnered a lot of controversy and caught a lot of bass.

Umbrella rigs essentially allow an angler to cast a school of baits on wire arms. Depending on how they’re arranged or weighted, you can fish an umbrella rig at a variety of depths and in a variety of situations. In the south, they get the most play in cool water months, but they’re good tools for smallmouths up north most of the year.

WHAT IS AN UMBRELLA RIG

Most umbrella rigs are made with five wires emanating from a single point that is either built up to look fishy or simply a utilitarian connection point. The first umbrella rigs weren’t made with blades, but bladed versions are by far the most popular these days. Typically, rigs have four outer wires and one center wire that is a bit longer than the rest.

Some umbrella rigs come in very unusual configurations. There are models with extra-long arms that are bulked up to carry more than one bait, as well as models with extra arms to create rigs with up to nine baits. Additionally, many have more than one blade per arm.

Varying the length of the arms and the numbers of blades is one of the most common umbrella rig modifications. Because the number of baits and hooks that is legal varies by tournament and state, there is a lot of incentive to modify things. Often, rigs will be designed to carry extra “dummy” baits without hooks that keep the baits with hooks in prime position for the fish to eat.

When umbrella rigs first hit the bass fishing scene there was a tendency to use fairly large baits. Now, the most popular baits are usually 3- and 4-inch swimbaits on fairly light heads. Depending on the size of the baits and blades and the weight of the heads, an umbrella rig can be fished at a fairly broad range of depths – from right near the bottom to the upper half of the water column.

One constant on umbrella rigs is the importance of creating one or two baits that are targets for the bass to strike. Often, using a larger bait in the center is a key factor, or dying the tails or using a brighter color for certain baits. If you’re limited in the number of hooks you can use, you typically want the baits with hooks to be on the bottom and the back of the rig, not on the top.

UMBRELLA RIGS IN ACTION

You can retrieve an umbrella rig at any reasonable speed, and the whole package creates a schooling effect in the water. Depending on the baits you may have more or less action – a Keitech Swing Impact FAT swimbait will wiggle at the slowest speeds, but a Zoom Swimmer needs to be worked at a faster clip to really shine.

Most of the time a steady retrieve works well, but including a pop or two of the rod can be really clutch as well. Fish certainly like to follow umbrella rigs, and a little change up will often trigger them.

 

HOW TO FISH UMBRELLA RIGS

Simply casting and retrieving is often the name of the game with an umbrella rig. Figuring out where in the water column you want to fish it is the primary task. Sometimes when you’re fishing for truly suspended fish you want the rig high in the water. Other times — say, for smallmouths in the early winter — you want the rig to basically be crawling on the bottom.

WHERE TO FISH UMBRELLA RIGS

Targeting areas with plentiful bait is a good rule of thumb for umbrella rigs, but one of the beautiful things about them is that they can be fished almost anywhere successfully. They aren’t good in heavy grass, obviously, but you can run an umbrella rig parallel to a dock, on a rip rap bank, around bridge pilings or out on a break in the main lake. Wherever bass live, these rigs can be successful.

Up north for smallmouths, umbrella rigs are very good around current, on flats with groups of smallmouths, and anywhere suspended bait is marked. In the south, some of the most popular targets are bluffs, bridges and steep banks.

Umbrella rigs are best used in water that is fairly clear. They certainly could catch fish in muddy water, but the clear waters of smallmouth haunts or the green-colored water of the Tennessee River have proven to be ideal scenarios more times than not.

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