How To Catch Redfish?

How to catch redfish?

1. How to catch redfish?

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Redfish, also known as red drum or red bass in some parts, is one of the most popular fish in fishing activity. Lots of anglers don’t know how to catch red fish. These tips and tricks will help you find the redfish and makes it relatively easier for you to catch.

Redfish is a shallow water fish and lives along the gulf coast and eastern seaboard of US. It tends to school more compared to large fish and once you catch one, you are sure to catch another. During winters, it migrates offshore to deep water while during summers, it can be found inshore.

2. When to catch Redfish

Redfish are mainly the inshore type of fish species which spends most of the time in saltwater lagoons, bays and estuaries of the coast. However, they are also commonly found along the offshore and beaches in some specific locations.

The locality of species depends on the time and season. Most commonly, fishes spend summer, spring and winters within estuaries and in some parts offshore. There is redfish life cycle within lagoon system and deep channels.

One of the best places to start finding redfish is directly in the mullet schools and whenever you see mullets jumping then they are kicking up food that redfish normally have to root around. It helps you find many red fishes as the redfish tend to be on mullet schools.

3. Steps To Catch Redfish

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    Set your Gear: it is important to keep your gear simple and it is available at discount stores and bait shop at good prices. All you require is a fiberglass, graphite pole and cane. Also, you can buy a small pool of fishing line, some hooks, plastic bobbers, shot singers and tackle box to keep everything organized.  
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    Setting up the bait for redfish: Redfish can be caught easily with the help of different varieties of bait such as mullet, menhaden shad, live shrimp and mud minnows. Redfish initially feeds on crabs for the first part of life while switches to more varieties of diet such as shrimps, small fishes and crabs. You can choose many baits and the natural baits are available from a bait shop. You can easily find other baits like fiddler crabs, blue crabs, sardines, ladyfish, mullet and pinfish.  
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    Using artificial baits: Another effective form of baits are lures and plugs. These baits are available in range from top water to deep diving baits. Lots of redfish lures are meant to be an important bait. Most popular baits are plastic swim tails or grubs.  
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    Redfish tackles 
  • Mainly two level of fishing for redfish is possible. Fishing for redfish requires a heavy tackle because of its heavier size. You need to choose a spinning tackle for redfish or bait casting tackle.
  • Spinning reels are relatively easier to use and has options for deep water jigs, live baiting and top water lures. Whenever extra leverage is required for pulling fish out then you can choose bait casting tackle with desired set up.
  • It gives more power while reeling the big fish and accurate cast compared to other one. Apart from this you can choose all kinds of casting tackle which is useful for redfish of all size, light to medium saltwater and surf nods.
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    One of the topmost choice is a fly road for catching shallow water redfish. You can use a heavy road with around 8-10 pounds of weight. An important tip is not dragging your reel after you have hook the fish. You need to use a good rod and pay attention.
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    Have patience: Wait for the fishes to bite and get the fish. It is common for the fish to take few minutes and get a baited hook, Watch the bobber and check if he is jumping or shaking and it may be a fish nibbling your bait. After you have caught the fish, handle with care as most fishes you catch from shore have a sharp fish and some of them have spiny fins. Try to handle gently but firmly and use a needle-nose pliers to remove the hook. Once you have got hold of the fish, clicked a picture then in the end you must release the fish where you are sure it can swim. 


If you are looking to understand how to catch redfish then you must understand the procedure and get everything sorted before planning your catch.

You need to have a proper bait like mullet, crabs or pinfish and use a 20 ls line minimum, reel, good rod and pay attention. After getting your gear set, you must be aware of which are the areas where you can find redfish like offshores or inshore.

Getting a good quality bait is extremely important for catching a redfish. Once you catch the fish, be quick to take a picture. Read more from Harry Rosen at

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