Tips for Redfish

We scoured the web for the best redfish fishing tips:

  1. Redfish are ravenous feeders that will take live baitfish, crabs and shrimp, and also dead or cut baits from the same sources.

    Live shrimp and minnows make the very best baits for shallow coastal fishing; live Pinfish, small Mullet or similar baitfish for angling in deeper water. – Florida Sportsman

  2. “You’ve got to think about how the redfish perceive the lures you’re casting to them,” he says. “You don’t want to throw a big mullet-imitating plug when reds are chasing grass shrimp in the shallows. “Try to imitate the prey the reds are targeting with the lures you choose. If reds are eating small crabs, casting small paddle tail jigs might be great. Lures should match the size of baits. A lure designed to imitate a shrimp shouldn’t be worked like a mullet or menhaden.” – Saltwater Sportsmen
  3. A good place to start looking for reds year round is directly in and around mullet schools. Whenever you see mullet jumping erratically in and out of the water, they’re kicking up food that redfish would normally have to root around for. This makes finding forage much easier for the redfish, so Redfish always tend to be on the back-ends of the mullet schools. – The Online Fisherman
  4. Artificial bait – lures and plugs – are very effective baits for redfish. These baits range from topwater to deep diving baits, from plugs to jigs. Lots of redfish lures resemble freshwater black bass lures. It stands to reason – all the lures are meant to mimic baitfish. – Thought Co.
  5. In short, flat high or flat low tides are usually not very productive. The fish just don’t like to move or feed as much when the water is still. Whether we’re chasing reds in little bayous, major bays, the ICW or a pass to the Gulf of Mexico, moving water is crucial. – Great Days Outdoors

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