My Approach When Going After Redfish

A large live shrimp is perhaps the most prolific bait for catching Redfish.  I like to hook my shrimp once through the tail.  Again since we are using a stealth approach you should use as small as hook as possible.  You need enough mass in your hook to properly hook and catch the fish, but understand also that a hook too large will kill your bait and not allow it to move as natural as possible.

When fishing with shrimp I like to freeline the shrimp with no added weight.   This is where fishing with light line comes in handy.  If you use six or eight pound test line you will be able to cast much greater distances than when using line of a heavier weight class.

In the hot summer months you will often find that large shrimp are not always available.  You can use smaller shrimp but you will often find Snappers and other small fishing finding your line before a Redfish will.  You really should in these circumstances witch to different bait.

Pinfish are the saltwater equivalent to the bluegill.  They make excellent bait, especially for truly large Redfish.  As good as shrimp are overall for Redfish if you are solely after a true trophy bull Redfish you should try a Pinfish for bait.  You should fish in the same manner as when using shrimp but bulk up a bit.  Hook it once through the lips or upper back.

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Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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