Interbay inlets are branches or water stemming off of larger bodies of water. These inlets are typically funneled between rock outcroppings, man-made pilings or other barriers. These areas attract striped bass, trout, redfish and bluefish. Choosing a proper bait makes the difference between a successful day fishing or a day of striking out.
Murrell's Inlet Bait
Murrells Inlet is located between the jetties along Myrtle Beach. Use live shrimp under cork for winter trout along the rock outcroppings in this inlet. Live bait fish or lures fished near "balls" of schools of live bait fish often triggers strikes from king mackerel.
East Coast Interbay Waters
According to the staff at Fintalk.com, using minnows, or plain red lead head and white grubs while hard lining (trolling) in the interbay waters of the Chesapeake Bay is a locally preferred method for landing gray trout. They also share that using a live live spot or croaker near concrete pilings and areas where the current is blocked is a good choice to land larger gray trout in the Chesapeake Bay, Delaware Water Gap or the waters of the Cape May area.
Texas Interbay Waters
Port Aranasas and the interbay waters around South Padre Island have trout that hit on live shrimp as bait, according to the fishermen writing at fishRockport.com, a website dedicated to fishing the Texas Gulf Coast waters. Redfish hit on dead shrimp, pieces of crab and live or cut mullet along the Texas Gulf Coast's intercoastal waters and bays, according to Capt. Charles Newton at fishRockport.com. Capt. Ron Moore suggests keeping an assortment of baits on the boat during fishing trips around the bays of Port Aransas, such as frozen shad, cut mullet, sea lice and live shrimp.
Article Written By Eric Cedric
A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.