DEEP: How to Catch Saltwater Fish

How to Catch Saltwater Fish

Species Habitat Fishing Method Baits and Lures
Striped Bass
{Striped Bass}
Large rivers in
spring
and fall. 
Estuaries and bays in summer.
Drifting with
live bait.
Jigging and trolling.
Bottom fishing with live or
dead bait.
Casting to fish.
Live Bait: Menhaden, eels, shiners and sand worms.
All types of swimming and diving lures, bucktail jigs, swimming baits.
Hickory Shad
{Hickory Shad}
Estuaries, bays and lower sections
of rivers and coves.
Casting to fish.
Drifting with
the tide.
Anchored over structure and channels.
Willowleaf, shard dart, kastmaster
and small jigs
with plastic bodies
Fluke
  {Summer Flounder (Fluke)}
Estuaries, bays
and lower sections
of rivers.
Hard bottom and channels preferred.
Bottom fishing.
Drifting with bait.
Jigging up
and down.
Casting to fish and slowly retrieving bait/lure.
Live/dead bait (bunker, herring, mummichogs, shiners and silversides), cut squid, baited jigs, rubber worms and plastic baits.
Scup
{Scup (porgy)}
Estuaries and bays.
Rock piles/reefs.
Oyster and
mussel beds.
Pilings and jetties.
Anchored over structure.
Bottom fishing.
Fishing with live or dead bait.
Squid, conch,
sand worms, shrimp,
night crawlers.
Mussels
and clams.