Favorite inshore lures

kangadrewkangadrew Posts: 16 Greenhorn
Hello, 

I'm staying in Cape Coral for a week and want to know what lures you've had the most success with when fishing inshore. I'm looking for lures that just flat-out catch fish. I'll have live bait gear, but I want to bring a few artificials too. 
On my lighter rig, I want to try and catch trout, smaller snook, mangrove snapper, ladyfish, spanish mackerel, pompano, smaller jacks, flounder, and maybe even some "trash" fish - like houndfish, or lookdowns. 
On my heavier casting rig, I want to try and catch barracudas, jacks, snook, and maybe even tarpon if I'm lucky. 

Does anybody have suggestions for lures that can cover all or almost all the species on these lists (obviously different lures for the fish on the lighter setup or the heavier setup)? 
Tight lines,
Drew

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  • kellerclkellercl Posts: 1,355 Officer
    Mirrodine, doa popping cork, gold spoon and cal weedless jig are my top 4.  I've stopped buying/using other lures.  The four above seem to be all I need.
  • DropTheHammerDropTheHammer East CoastPosts: 192 Deckhand
    Spanish mackerel, cuda, jacks like A fast retrieve. Possibly
    skipping on the top. Snook, trout, tarpon can be caught on
    A fly. Houndfish are on top, lookdowns hold structure on
    bottom. I'm going with A ballpark answer. A Kastmaster
    and A surf bait rig.



    Crome split ring and barrel swivel. What hook would you recommend?
    What if it doesn't work. Is the kid going to pull A tantrum?

    We all new what we were doing until DropTheHammer showed up.
  • kangadrewkangadrew Posts: 16 Greenhorn
    Spanish mackerel, cuda, jacks like A fast retrieve. Possibly
    skipping on the top. Snook, trout, tarpon can be caught on
    A fly. Houndfish are on top, lookdowns hold structure on
    bottom. I'm going with A ballpark answer. A Kastmaster
    and A surf bait rig.



    Crome split ring and barrel swivel. What hook would you recommend?
    What if it doesn't work. Is the kid going to pull A tantrum?

    Thinking maybe a spoon for the Spanish and smaller barracudas, and jacks and houndfish too. 
    Snook and trout - I'll probably have DOA shrimp, I used them in Florida the last time I went and they worked well. I don't fly fish at all, so I'll be doing live bait and some artificials. 
    No clue what that last part meant - could you elaborate?

    Drew
  • kangadrewkangadrew Posts: 16 Greenhorn
    kellercl said:
    Mirrodine, doa popping cork, gold spoon and cal weedless jig are my top 4.  I've stopped buying/using other lures.  The four above seem to be all I need.
    Noted - I'll be sure to pick a few of each up for the trip!
  • tankardtankard Posts: 6,346 Admiral

    Zoom flukes on a jighead work really well for me.


  • Jack HexterJack Hexter New Port RicheyPosts: 4,135 Moderator
    All lures catch fishermen, fishermen catch fish

  • backwatercolebackwatercole Posts: 22 Greenhorn
    tankard said:

    Zoom flukes on a jighead work really well for me.


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  • DropTheHammerDropTheHammer East CoastPosts: 192 Deckhand
    kangadrew said:

    What if it doesn't work. Is the kid going to pull A tantrum?

    Thinking maybe a spoon for the Spanish and smaller barracudas, and jacks and houndfish too. 
    Snook and trout - I'll probably have DOA shrimp, I used them in Florida the last time I went and they worked well. I don't fly fish at all, so I'll be doing live bait and some artificials. 
    No clue what that last part meant - could you elaborate?

    Drew
    Fishing is based on trial and error. What works one day isn't necessarily going to work the next.
    I like to fish with A lot of people. It can be competitive. At times you'll notice one girl catches
    better than the next. What's she doing different? What's she doing that's bettering her odds
    and the girl that catches the least  has a guide dinged off and A reel that skips. She ends up
    catching the biggest out of dumb luck. מבין
    We all new what we were doing until DropTheHammer showed up.
  • DropTheHammerDropTheHammer East CoastPosts: 192 Deckhand
    This would be A surf bait rig that I would use for pomps. ;)
    Obviously different species.

    We all new what we were doing until DropTheHammer showed up.
  • GarysmoGarysmo Posts: 317 Deckhand
    DOA paddle tails are pretty good for reds , snook and trout.  Silver spoons for Spanish mackerel but remember to retrieve them really fast for the Spanish mackerel. 

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