Catching a redfish may look as though it’s a no brainer, but in a real sense, there is a proper way that you can do it if you want your fishing mission to be successful. Finding and using the right lure helps in boosting your chances of catching a fish. Furthermore, it would be best if you properly reeled a fish to make it remain hooked to pull it easily from the water.
However, here’s what to do to catch redfish:
- Understand How To Assess The Redfish Feeding Area
Out of all the essential needs in trapping and catching redfish, assessing the redfish feeding area is the most vital thing. If you put yourself in front of many redfish consistently, you’ll end up catching them always.
The good news is, redfish are predictable; therefore, catching the redfish can be an easy task to do with the right know-how. Redfish love staying around structures as this offers them protection from predators and provides consistent food.
Therefore, when hunting for redfish, it’s good to concentrate on areas with nice structures inside the water. These areas include mangrove roots, rocks/jetties, docks, shallow grass flats, and oyster bars.
Therefore, when searching for spots with many redfish, make sure you choose places with a nice structure and a proper supply of baits.
- Use The Right Equipment
One major mistake that most anglers hunting for redfish make is using equipment not meant for their goal. It’s vital always to match your equipment to the bait or lure you are using when fishing. For instance, it’s not advisable to use a 20 lb. leader on a rod fixed with a 10 lb. line. Fishing with this in a heavy current can lead to break-offs.
Additionally, it’s not good to use a 60lb. leader on a rod having 30lb. Braid when looking for redfish in low-current and flat areas. doing this with the heavy line will affect the casting ability
Even if the mouths of the redfish are not extremely rough, using a heavy leader is prohibited. Using lighter tools will reduce the chances of break-offs plus boosting the strikes.
Redfish can easily be targeted using artificial baits as they love feeding on a range of lures. You can use soft plastics since they can be used in catching redfish in every type of water column. Also, you can rig them weedless if you want.
How to Catch Redfish at Night
Night fishing for redfish is a different activity compared to its daytime counterpart. During the night, redfish tend to move along shallower waters close to protective structures or near grasses where their prey hide and feed.
What you’ll need
- 12-foot leader
- Eight weight WFF line
- Shrimp bait
- Crystal shrimp fly
Find out a good and a light area for fishing. In places where night fishing is carried out, many fishers carry large-sized fishing lights. But when looking for redfish, any light works properly, whether blue or yellowish. The target here is to find an area on the water with too much light to draw the baitfish plus the larger fish, then stake them with light. Do this at any distance between three to 60 feet.
Now start fishing once the tide begins going out and coming it. Most people face most success when the water level is a bit higher, and prey animals enjoy the security of the shoreline grasses once the tide is drawing up along the vegetation.
Please find the best line to fish with, then load it on your fishing rod. When fishing at night, use a WFF, floating line, weight forward, or eight weight line. Please don’t use any weight past nine as redfish spook easily as the impact against the surface using a heavy line might end up scaring them.
Next, tie the thick end of the leader to the far end of the line. A leader is a line that connects the fly and the fishing line. You can use an Albright knot as it performs well when fixing leaders in saltwater fishing. Furthermore, it’s tied by doubling the thicker line on the end in a thin loop on itself then pitch the loop in the right place.
With that done, pass the remaining line on the upper side of the loop, then tie it around the loop then begin wrapping properly on the loop on the rounded end.
Immediately the thinner line gets to the end of the loop, bring it up again via the lower side of the loop then pull the entire knot tight. Make sure you use a large-sized leader, up to 12 feet, and immediately after the catch, have a look at the leader knot.
Tie a fly on the leader line. Most white-colored flies perform best when catching redfish at night, having in mind that white-colored flies are the best for night fishing. Hold the fly in position by tying one side of the leader on the knot but don’t pull the knot too tight. Give it some allowance to remain as a loop then move the free end via the loop on the fly and then back to the loop on the knot.
With that done, now wrap the end of the line around itself at the back of the basic knot loop. Do this four times then move the end back across the loop once more. Then tightly pull the entire knot tight.
Now place the fly hook on the tail of the shrimp bait
Finally, position the fly far from the reach of the floodlight’s light to prevent the fish from seeing the fishing line and won’t go far from it.
David Nilsen is the former editor of Fourth & Sycamore. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. You can find more of his writing on his website at davidnilsenwriter.com and follow him on Twitter as @NilsenDavid.