How do you catch a redfish?

what to use when going fishing for redish

Redfish are notorious for putting up a fight when hooked. Redfish have very distinctive features that include a blunt nose, a chin without barbels, and a wide undercut mouth. The redfish earns its name thanks to its reddish copper and bronze color. Most redfish also have quite a few spots on their bodies. Redfish are up to 27 inches long and have been known to weigh up to 100 pounds. The first thing you need to know about catching redfish is where they traditionally are. Redfish are typically found in bays and are largely considered to be “inshore fish,” meaning you won’t have to go very far out to catch them. When it comes to tackle, you want to go for something that is light to medium spinning. Also, most angling for redfish requires a 15 to 20 pound test line. Traditionally, tackle includes a standard bottom fishing rig, equipped with a sinker, swivel, leader and 5/0 hook. As far as bait is concerned, you have a variety of options available to you. Redfish have been known to go for artificial bait (such as swim-tail grubs), which is nice if you don’t want to hassle with live or dead bait. However, you should know that live or dead baits usually work better for catching redfish. Typically successful live bait includes shrimp, mud minnows, finger mullet, and pogles. When you’re choosing a dead bait, usually mullet, croaker, or pinfish usually work the best.

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.

One Response to “How do you catch a redfish?”

  1. Judy Puckett says:

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