Where coastal rivers meet oceans or gulfs, tidal influence bring saltwater fish well into the brackish-to-freshwater zone. This creates a mixed bag of opportunity in which redfish, snook, flounder and jack crevalle may keep company with largemouth bass.

Each may have their individual preferences, but in these overlaps they all tend to settle into common areas based on the basic needs of shelter/ambush points, safety and feeding opportunities. Several habitat scenarios may hold a mix of species, but day in and day out, docks and piers will offer some of your best opportunities for coastal river action.

Bear in mind that freshwater bass living close to this border region will learn to prey on traditionally saltwater forage. A Booyah jig with traces of blue, orange or red in the skirt resembles a blue crab, while a Bomber Saltwater Grade Badonk-A-Donk in the Silver Mullet color looks like one of the major forage fish often found poking around in the rivers.

Other good mullet imitators are the Cotton Cordell Red-Fin (chrome/blue back) and the Bomber Saltwater Grade Mullet.

On the flipside, baits like the Bandit Flatmaxx Shallow (Threadfin Shad) and Cotton Cordell Super Spot in the gold shiner or gray shad patterns resembles the forage that saltwater fish may encounter in a freshwater environment.