Redfish

Can you give me a list of the best lures for catching redfish?

When deciding which artificial lure to use for a particular species it is often beneficial to examine the behavior of the species and tailor your offering to your understanding of how it acts. The best place to fish for Redfish, in my opinion, is the grass flats that are common in the Gulf. These flats range from the Florida Keys all the way into Louisiana. The water depth is generally between one and four feet in these areas. The primary forage are shrimp, crabs and other small creatures that hide in the grass close to the bottom. If you scan the water in these areas you can often see the tail of a Redfish breaking the surface of the water as they prod the grass in search of food. I have found artificial lures such as DOA Shrimp and other jigs to be the best for Redfish. In my opinion there are two keys to a good Redfish jig. First I like jigs that are weighted forward. I want the head of the jig to bury itself in the grass while the body runs above the level of the grass. Secondly I like a jig body that contrasts with the color of the jig head. If I am using a dark jig head I want a light body and vice versa. As the behavior of the fish change your lure choice needs to change as well. I like to use spinnerbaits or even spoons when the Redfish are in an extremely active phase.

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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