Beginner Beach Fishing Tips: Using Plugs and Lures
Articles, Blog

Beginner Beach Fishing Tips: Using Plugs and Lures

September 3, 2019


I think it’s gone- no it’s still here! Yea-heah! That’s what I’m talking about! That top water bite is so fun! Day one in Florida! We flew down to, um, Orlando yesterday, and this morning we are out on the surf trying to catch some fish! This month, the Senko Skipper team is in Florida on a mission to create videos to help the world learn more about salt water fishing. We’re here to explore one of the world’s most fantastic fishing locations, and document the fascinating world of fish that live in Florida’s oceans. So stay tuned for a month filled with great fishing, monster fish, and all the methods you need to start catching them yourselves. I am using what’s called a “Gibbs Bottle Popper.” Gibbs is the brand, and this is called a bottle popper, and what you want to do is work it side to side when you’re out on the water. It makes a whole bunch of splashing, fish will see that there’s splashing above and come up and strike it! So, the goal with this is to cast it far, it’s pretty heavy, probably 2 ounces right here. Try and get it out as far as you can. So you’ll want to catch out as far as you can because it basically allows you more opportunity for a fish to see your lure. Basically, the further you cast the better chance you have of hooking up on a fish. Right now I’ve got a 9-foot, medium power St. Croix Mojo Surf. I mean, it’s not like the greatest rod out there but it’s a great, affordable beginner rod. If you want to start getting into plugging, like I am, I just started getting into this and it’s very rewarding, but, uh, it can be tricky. So my plug is out there, I’m going to keep a tense line… and look at my hand. I’m making this funny motion and I’m reeling it at the same time. Nice and slow. Something was chasing my bait the whole way back! You could see the fish jumping out, did you see it?! Yeah, I saw it! This thing causes a whole bunch of commotion at the surface of the water, and it will draw the fish up! Hi! I got a fish on! I have no idea what it is… something small… Bluefish! Ha ha ha ha! Ooh, look at it’s jaw… Rippin’ lips! Woah! Christian, it you’re watching this, remember you told me about ripping lips? Look at that! Ha, I set the hook too hard… oh my god, I ripped it’s lips… This is a bluefish! What I think is really interesting is how fishermen are basically constantly trying to think like the fish. I mean, when you’re out there on the beach in the morning, you see a lot of changes as time passes and the sun rises, and I think what many people don’t really realize about fishermen is how connected they really are to nature. I mean, they really try to understand why the fish think the way they do, behave they way they do, why they like to bit a lure near the surface. Does the splashing make them think it’s an injured fish? I think it’s gone- no it’s still here! Yea-heah! That’s what I’m talking about! That topwater bite is so fun! As soon as Brendon caught one fish on his popper, his friend, James, hooked up as well because when bluefish are present they’re there in schools, and when you catch one you can expect to catch a lot, just wait for them to move through. We doubled up! Whoo! Whoo-hoo! So, every fisherman that we’ve talked to, especially down here in Florida, they all hate bluefish… Why does everyone hate bluefish? Is it just ’cause they’re, like, annoying and you’re going for other things and there are so many of them? That’s my guess, that’s what I’ve heard, but I want you guys to tell me if you like bluefish, if you hate bluefish, why? Comment below! Whip it! There you go! Now it’s landed, close it… … reel it. Now, now you know how to work it, right? Yeah, I can’t feel it… It’s okay, just make sure you have tension. You will very likely get a fish right now. The bluefish are hitting real hard right now, they’re all in here. Uh huh. Reel it in faster. A little bit faster, there you go. How do I know how fast to reel it? Faster! You gotta– you want to try and keep it on the surface, and this thing sinks. Ah! No wonder I can’t see it! Oh! Ohhh! Hahaha! There you go, I told you! (Oh my gosh!) Set the hook harder! Urgh! There you go! Walk down, walk down! (Hahaha!) She got it! Wow! Ahh! I don’t want to lose it! Oh, man! Bring it in, bring it in! Bring it in!! Nice!!! Alright girl, Good job! (Hah, haha!) Caught my first bluefish! That’s your first bluefish? (Yeah, this is my first bluefish!) On topwater? Nice job! So, I changed it up. Using a piece of tin now. This thing is like, 3 ounces so it’s basically a bullet when I cast it out. Accompanied with my 9-foot rod, the reason it’s so long is so you can cast it out real far, and, basically, you can fish different columns. 1.) You wanna just try and let it hit the bottom try and let it hit the bottom and then rip it up, just jig it up and down off the bottom. Or, you could just swim it back. What I like to do is bounce it off the bottom. So here’s my primary set up right now, I’ve got, uh, 40 lb. braid, you can use 20 if you want, um, and then I’ve got a line-to-line… .. to 30 lb. fluorocarbon… … and that is attached to your lure! and I’ve got this on a big, 8000… 8000-sized reel. Alright, excuse me. I gotta go… I gotta go catch another fish. And just as it had been all morning, as soon as one person in our group found a fish, everyone else caught one as well. Brendon’s father, Michael, caught his bluefish on the same popper that I did, and we got that from Amazon, it’s called the GT Ice Cream, and it’s made of a super-hard plastic that bluefish’s teeth can’t break. We hope, with this episode, that we helped some beginners learn the basics of beach fishing with plugs and lures. So let us know if you’ve ever tried this kind of fishing, where you’re from, what you’ve caught with it, or comment and tell us how you like to fish off the beach. We’re here in Florida to explore one of the world’s most fantastic fishing locations and document the fascinating world of fish that live in Florida’s oceans. So stay tuned, and hit that subscribe button for a month filled with really cool fishing, monster fish, and all the methods you need to start catching them yourselves.

100 Comments

  • Reply Cynthia Baker December 29, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    So cool you are having fun as a couple! The family that fishes together, stays together!

  • Reply Clorox 4 the good January 2, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    what gopro is this

  • Reply Chris N January 11, 2018 at 12:41 am

    I love blue fish. Poor manse sword fish. Broil it!!!

  • Reply SeventhLetterMusic January 16, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    That st croix is at least 100 prob closer to 200. Not really affordable for most beginners. But I have heard great things about st croix

  • Reply Carlos Santana January 17, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    What beach is this I live in Orlando

  • Reply Let Go January 23, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Great video ! We have similar fish in Australia called Tailor , fun fish to catch 👍

  • Reply MAAAH1581 January 28, 2018 at 6:45 am

    what kind of rod you recommend for me

  • Reply Vypr700 February 4, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Have you tried fishing in Puerto Rico?

  • Reply Carter Rosenbaum February 11, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    come to california oxnard beach

  • Reply Ray DeWitt February 13, 2018 at 12:40 am

    I like any fish that bites.

  • Reply Zack Lyonais February 14, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    They really don't taste good and take all your bait

  • Reply Aarti Patel February 19, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Don’t you use bait ?

  • Reply herberth lemus February 25, 2018 at 5:25 am

    I live in Los Angeles and want to start fishing any tips or advice

  • Reply Timothy Euler February 28, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    IMHO Bluefish are a nuisance. They at the Mosquitos of the undersea world. On top of that they taste very fishy due to the Blood line. More on the lines of Mackerel in flavor. BUT NO ONE can deny their fighting prowess. They are little (and often Large) powerhouses. Your terminal tackle needs to be ready for their sharp teeth. Here in DE we always use Braid to 50-80 pound mono not FG Knotted but connected to a Swivel. Blue fish love to spin and destroy FG or PE knots. Unfortunately there is no Bluefish spray like Mosquito spray. So if God gives you Bluefish, thank him and have fun. He will give you something else in time. He is good like that

  • Reply Menton mountan March 15, 2018 at 12:09 am

    Would a white zoom fluke work or watermelon red

  • Reply jeffrey walker March 15, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    Reasons in why I hate bluefish
    1. Ruin lures
    2. Break lines
    3. They bite if your not careful
    4. Steak bait
    5. Annoying when you are going for other species

  • Reply CHRISTOPHER R March 16, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    blue fish are one of my favorites

  • Reply Spike Hunter March 20, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Switched to fishing with artificials last year after my ocean holliday brushing up kinda

  • Reply Ian Dube March 22, 2018 at 1:50 am

    I've been looking for a good source of informational surf casting videos and you've got the best ones on youtube. Good job.

  • Reply MrPatrick March 23, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    Fun videos, you two. Have you been told you sound like Cameron Diaz?

  • Reply newtongd March 31, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Ok, I'm new to surf fishing and have been watching your videos (great videos by the way). I see blue fish and sting rays, sharks and others, where do I go to learn which fish are eatable?

  • Reply allan sisson April 4, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Here in New Hampshire,some say the Bluefish Kill just to kill. Of course making it hard to fish for others like strippers. Others because whoever cooked it didnt do it right. Then they're nervous about trying it again.

  • Reply oakland002 April 13, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    Perfect explanation video

    I like both the up close talk and the voice over narration

  • Reply Frosty Plays April 14, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Can you make a new video of how to use
    Soft plastic baits please

  • Reply Hamid Hajri April 18, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    why i cant catch any fish using jegs and lures

  • Reply JohnnyBlazeIVXX April 19, 2018 at 12:06 am

    Love catching big chopper blues. They fight hard and never quit but will eat up your gear fast!

  • Reply YoYo mio April 26, 2018 at 4:15 am

    around 200, better be a great rod

  • Reply Woodrow Wilson May 11, 2018 at 11:03 am

    We call Blue Fish 'Shad' or 'Elf' in South Africa, razor sharp teeth. I had one bite me on the finger and basically bled for hours.

  • Reply Mason Garber May 13, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    Blue fish are like blue gills and just steal bait

  • Reply PsychoticBox50 May 15, 2018 at 3:47 am

    Was that the 9ft moderate or 9ft moderate fast?

  • Reply Feeling Fishy May 18, 2018 at 2:02 am

    Thanks for everything , I'm from Chicago so I never had a chance to catch them beautiful fish we are more simple fish over here

  • Reply Evan Ramirez May 20, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    I can't wait to PCS to Pensacola…

  • Reply Amirul Hakim May 22, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Wow. You guys should come here in Singapore and do some shore fishing! Personally i feel its seriously hard to catch anything here haha. I fish almost on a weekly basis & i learn alot viewing ur videos!

  • Reply Jim Bob May 23, 2018 at 1:24 am

    I like blues, yeah they mess up lures but if you’ve got a steel liter your good. They put up amazing fights I’ll fish for them all day.

  • Reply Vicky Victor May 23, 2018 at 11:43 am

    HERE IN SOUTH AFRICA WE CALL IT SHAD AND IS POPULER FOR EATING OR SMALL ONES IS GOOD FOR LIVE BAIT

  • Reply Benito Sanchez May 25, 2018 at 3:20 am

    Blues are good for bait, but they don’t taste good. That’s why people don’t like em.

  • Reply Mr Marin May 28, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    For those dealing with plug damage spoons and the Crystal minnow is the way to go especially

  • Reply Michael Garcia June 3, 2018 at 6:06 am

    Great video, I'm very new to fishing and i really like when you explain how the lures work. New subscriber to your chanel.

  • Reply alfaz hussein June 4, 2018 at 9:37 am

    Will fishbaits be used in the river I’m from Sacramento ca

  • Reply Luis rivera June 16, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    Luis from ct.the blue fish taste bad.fund to catch.good fight though

  • Reply Rupert McNaught Davis June 23, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Bluefish,most tasty fish in South Africa!

  • Reply exsashank2 July 3, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    This video should be flagged.
    5:14 was so disturbing I lost my innocence

  • Reply ross cab July 4, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    Who else caught the Dolphin in the water at 2:15 ???? @ Senko Skipper, I live in La Ceiba, Honduras and i am really enjoying your videos as I am starting to get into surf and pier fishing, they have been beyond helpful!

  • Reply Revolution Road July 6, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    Mojo surf is a BADASS rod!!

  • Reply mark D July 14, 2018 at 1:34 am

    Bluefish are fun to catch but not good for eating very oily and really dont recommend eating but they put up one heck of a fight I've seen them well over 40 in

  • Reply Larry Creech July 18, 2018 at 12:28 am

    Last time I went surf fishing I caught a blue fish. I ate it. It was delicious.

  • Reply Richie Rich July 25, 2018 at 1:09 am

    Your the only person I ever subscribed too and I just want to say thanks for your videos

  • Reply Carlos Garcia August 12, 2018 at 4:25 am

    Got me Daiwa, Beefstick 30# max is that a usable surf rod? Yeah, I'm a FNG?! 🙁 Any comments and help would be really cool, please?!

  • Reply Ahmed Dhalech August 13, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    The second I saw that red and white plug i knew it was GT ice cream. Glad to see you guys using tried and tested South African products

  • Reply Guillermo Berna August 14, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Take the ros off your asses please … its just stupid… its supose to be under your arms dumbies …

  • Reply Jose Bordonada August 18, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Bluefish are good to eat when they small ,tailor blues ,but when they big they had to much oil in them no good to eat .

  • Reply Lee Barker August 23, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    From Poole Harbour south west UK.
    Love using lures and poppers for Bass fishing using an 8ft spinning rod. PB: 8lb 10oz and it hit the lure like a train. Using a basic swim and jig motion.

  • Reply Fernando Ramirez August 31, 2018 at 3:53 am

    Thank you guys, extremely helpful, and you guys remain humble, love this channel

  • Reply No Rocket Science Build September 2, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    Was that in high tide or low tide?

  • Reply Ty Gowri September 9, 2018 at 10:34 am

    We love blue fish, commonly known as shad in south Africa .😉

  • Reply Oussama Zzz September 10, 2018 at 8:20 am

    You are a good man and your family as well I am from Algeria and I always follow your channel and wish you success in all your work and thank you very much for your efforts

  • Reply Glenn Demicilio September 15, 2018 at 7:38 am

    I can't tell you why I hate bluefish because I live in Hawaii my friend

  • Reply Archie Morris September 15, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    How can I keep up with you and your products

  • Reply Archie Morris September 15, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    Taste bad

  • Reply Pango Fishing September 29, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Very Good. I signed up, greetings from Brazil.

  • Reply Scott Robinson October 4, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Headed to the Outer Banks of North Carolina tomorrow! Got some poppers and spoons. Can't wait to try them out.

    Thanks for the vid!

  • Reply Ross Best October 5, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    I ain't gonna Lie the girl adds the perfect touch to this video & REALLY makes it. Hands down. You get Big time Credibility points.

  • Reply Gustavo Luzardo Ziliani October 9, 2018 at 3:57 am

    from venezuela! I´ll try it this next weekend!!

  • Reply greenlover October 12, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    In the UK we use 14 and 15 foot rods for on the beach or rocks ….. casting to 200 yards plus …… great fishing folks and tight lines to ya both

  • Reply Skull Fish October 19, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    I like bluefish, people say they taste bad, but I love them grilled, also, they put up a good fight

  • Reply Boys San Siro October 21, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Hey your girlfriend looks cuter with that hajab

  • Reply Dylan Palmer November 6, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Erin has no clue about fishing

  • Reply Latham matthews November 8, 2018 at 10:24 am

    No offense but this is ur worst video by far it's getting bad. Again NO OFFENCE. U do these videos a lot better the ur girlfriend does . Ur girlfriend kills ur videos bro

  • Reply süheyb selçuk November 16, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    In Turkey bluefish is one of the best fish and you said they dont like it. We are crazy for them

  • Reply Y Kal November 23, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Why did you put it back if its lipped were ripped

  • Reply BATURLP İLE HAZAL Kral November 24, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    morning or afternoon?

  • Reply suhaili72 November 28, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Tq i'm never fishing at beach,tq for teaching us how to fishing at the beach…..i from malaysia…

  • Reply Drew Mann December 16, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    what time of year were you there

  • Reply John Ortega December 20, 2018 at 1:55 am

    dude, why are you using treble hook? you said in 1 of your videos( discussion about hooks) that you hate using that kind of hook because it is deadly to fish

  • Reply MageU Look December 26, 2018 at 1:58 am

    The blue fish in Florida (Just Moved) St Augustine area are a lot smaller then the ones I’m used to fishing in Long Island but it’s been a challenge learning what different species take as bait btw your salty squid are Amazing @ Mantanza Bridge for pompano and blues and sheepshead

  • Reply Koby Pennell January 20, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    There called tailor in Australia

  • Reply Ssjayjay3 January 30, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    Thats a taylor not a blue fish

  • Reply Nc Hemi January 31, 2019 at 1:29 am

    We love blue fish in nc good bait fish plus good to eat with grits

  • Reply evander Norris February 7, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    I like blue fish

  • Reply Leo February 15, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    Nice vid.. Thanks a lot.

  • Reply Alex M February 18, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    I’m new to all these plugs, lures, rods and reels. When I was younger, all I had was a glass bottle with 30 lb mono with a few hooks. We would reel in some small sharks and a few decent size Ronky with the rigs we had, but now having a rod, it’s way much easier.

  • Reply lovely mani February 20, 2019 at 3:22 am

    Lure Cast… ??

  • Reply Jim Patterson March 7, 2019 at 2:39 am

    You’re a bait sharpie! Lol

  • Reply ragikunhimangalam Gmail. com March 17, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    https://youtu.be/qRYh64CuJVk

  • Reply Spinning Reels Only April 4, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Bluefish are no good
    I’m born and raised Florida

  • Reply Alfie Forsyth April 19, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    Will this work in the UK

  • Reply TheReefaholic April 26, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Did you just call a Mojo surf a beginner rod? Sure or beginners when I'm spending $200 on a rod

  • Reply Jan Czerwonka May 8, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    When me and my dad tried this we where in Rhode Island and we caught two keeper strippers and 8 20 plus inch blue fish

  • Reply Tony Sudol June 2, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Any fish that puts up a good fight is one I like to catch

  • Reply Vanoss and Pinke June 5, 2019 at 11:35 am

    I have just started saltwater fishing and I'm trying different methods on catching fish, I am from South Africa

  • Reply Anthony van Rensburg June 28, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    We call them shad down here in South Africa and it's one of the highlights if the year when the shad sholes start biting.

  • Reply lamfilipos June 30, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    This is just superb, been searching for "matanzas inlet surf fishing" for a while now, and I think this has helped. Have you heard people talk about – Wenayden Xenaylee Blaster – (Have a quick look on google cant remember the place now ) ? Ive heard some decent things about it and my cousin got excellent success with it.

  • Reply Prime Captain July 1, 2019 at 9:11 am

    This was great, been searching for "surf fishing in san diego" for a while now, and I think this has helped. Have you ever come across – Wenayden Xenaylee Blaster – (do a search on google ) ? Ive heard some awesome things about it and my partner got excellent success with it.

  • Reply Joseph Gooch July 5, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    I hate saltwater catfish! Bluefish are ok

  • Reply Bryson Gainey July 20, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    I don’t hate any fish, bluefish are lots of fun to catch but they don’t taste all that great, if you fry them they are pretty good

  • Reply Spicy Siracha July 25, 2019 at 6:51 am

    I love blue fish I could catch them all day.

  • Reply Alvin Ngo July 27, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    How many blue fish we get a limited get

  • Reply Rick Fisher August 4, 2019 at 3:24 am

    You didn't teach us much at all hot to use plugs and lures

  • Reply Marciano Montanez August 10, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    Try Texas , at the gulf of mexico, theres always catfish, croaker, and whitey

  • Reply cecil roberts August 20, 2019 at 11:31 am

    Hmmmmmmm she asked a question….why do we hate Bluefish? Lets see maybe because the meat taste and smells like a womans vagina during menstration and she hasnt washed it in three days!!! hows that for an answer?

  • Leave a Reply