What’s the best way you know of to catch red fish?

What’s the best way you know of to catch red fish?

I like to fish for redfish on the shallow grass flats. There are many locations like these in Florida and all along the gulf coast. You can often sight fish for redfish watching for the back of their tail breaking the surface of the water. The water does not have to be very deep. Big bull redfish can be caught in as little as one to two feet of water. My rod selection is a medium to heavy action graphite rod that is light enough to feel a pickup with a large amount of line out. I like to use spinning reels that can hold approximately two hundred yards of ten pound line. I use fluorocarbon line because it is virtually invisible in saltwater, a definite selling point when fishing in shallow water. In my opinion the best all around bait for redfish is a large live shrimp. You can of course catch them on pilchards, blue crabs or pinfish as well. Shrimp will catch the most fish but if you are solely targeting a big trophy fish I would switch to a large pinfish or even a small ladyfish. If you prefer to fish with artificial baits you will have success with redfish. I like to use large jigs with two specialized features. First I prefer that the color of the head on body contrast. If the head is a light color like white or yellow I want the body to be dark, perhaps black or brown. Secondly I want a jig that is weighted forward. When the head of the jig is on the bottom of the grass bed I want the body to big sticking upwards.

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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