Red Fishing Tips

Reds normally spawn between August and November but if a sudden cold spell hits it can kill some of the reds located in the shallow water. They feed mainly off of shrimp, crustaceans, mollusks, finger mullet, crabs, smaller fish and pinfish. You can use these for bait with a great amount of success plus a variety of artificial spoons and jigs.

Both hard and soft plastic lures can be used successfully to catch red fish. If you look closely at the water and notice it moving slightly for no apparent reason, it may be a school of redfish swimming by. Therefore, being observant is one of the best things you can do to locate and catch red fish.

When the tide rolls in, the baitfish follow and the shrimp and crabs become extremely active. The red fish move in to take advantage of the abundant food source. When the tide moves out, the best place to search for red fish would be around channels and similar locations. They can also be found gathered together under docks, near mangroves and around grassy areas where there are sandy white potholes.

Red fish can tolerate the cold water better than other species so when the temperature begins to change they will usually continue to feed as normal. When fishing for reds, it is important to have high quality gear. Since they are such a strong species using poor quality or worn out equipment will lead to a lot of disappointments.

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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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