The Best Lures For Redfish (Surprise Answer With Video Proof)!
It’s redfish lure time!
One of the best (and quickest) ways to catch nice redfish (red drum) is with a fishing lure (yes, it can even be much better than live bait).
However, there are so many lures out there that it’s crazy.
If you go to any tackle store, you’ll surely see that the choices of lures for catching redfish are pretty much unlimited…
There are just so many different lure options these days.
If you’re wondering what the best lures for catching redfish are, this video highlights the most important thing to consider when thinking about your redfish lures.
And the answer may very well surprise you (as you’ll see below).
Watch this video below because it shows an example of the priorities you should have regarding lures for redfish.
Hint: the lure isn’t as important as you think it is…
Best Redfish Lures
Here’s the truth…
Although there are certainly lures that consistently catch more redfish all year long (like the Slam Shady Paddletail), there is no perfect lure for every single scenario.
The actual best lure for redfish can vary based on water depth, clarity, season, etc…
So there is not an all-encompassing answer to that question.
However, there is an all-encompassing factor that is much more important than the specific lure being used.
Click on the video image below to see what that BIG factor is:
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The Best Lures For Redfish
Did the answer surprise you?
As shown in the video above, the actual lure being used is not nearly as important as the spot that you’re fishing when it comes to catching redfish.
That being said, here are 2 lists of lures that I really trust for catching redfish:
Shallow Water Lures for Redfish
- Soft plastics rigged on weighted hooks or worm hooks
- Weedless spoons
- Hard plastic twitch baits
- Topwater lures
Deep Water Lures for Redfish
- Soft plastics rigged on jig heads (weighted properly for target depth)
- Bucktail Jigs
- Diving plugs
But the truth is that 90% of fish hold in 10% of the water…
So the smartest thing to do is put a majority of your effort into finding the 10% of water that holds the most fish (instead of worrying about selecting the absolute perfect lure).
Because the reality is that there is no such thing as the “best lure for redfish” that spans all water depths and all seasons.
On the other hand, there is absolute truth to the fact that redfish often congregate in areas for feeding.
And when you are in those feeding zones, the actual bait used isn’t very important as displayed in the video above.
As you saw in the video, there is no one perfect lure when it comes to catching redfish.
Are there certain redfish lures that work better than others?
But the moral of the story is that if you aren’t in an area that is holding redfish, there isn’t a lure in the world that can help you catch any.
On the other hand, if you spend more time predicting where the redfish will be (and less time buying tons of lures), your chances skyrocket in terms of catching redfish more consistently.
My results significantly improved when I simply began arming myself with one or two lures that I trust for a given depth of water that I’m targeting.
And then forcing myself to not doubt the lure when fishing knowing that the actual location that I’m fishing is so much more important.
For consistent results over time, it is essential to get very good at quickly assessing the area you’re fishing as being a Feeding Zone or a Dead Zone.
That assessment will prevent yourself from spending a lot of time in a bad area when there very well be a hot spot just around the corner like I found the day of the trip shown above.
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Do you have any particular lures that you like best for catching redfish? If so, please use the Comments section below to share what you like best with the group.
And as always, you’re of course welcome to ask any questions you have in the comments section too.
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hello, I live on the Jordan river in Florida and was wondering if there is redfish there.
Hi I am trying to learn about fishing with lures I fish from piers and the beach would any of these spots hold red fish thanks for your time and help
Yes, redfish can be caught from piers and from the beach too in many regions.
Hey Luke. What is the lure that is rootbeer with a split tail chartreuse color. I saw it in some of your other lessons but did not catch what it is. Thanks
It’s the DOA CAL shad… here’s a review post on it: https://www.saltstrong.com/articles/how-to-rig-a-doa-cal-jerk-bait/
Thanks Luke. I guess it’s time to get rid of most of the hundreds of lures I have never even used! Do you still favor the TFO rods?
I favor some of their rods…here’s a link to the latest overall rod review for Insider Members: https://www.saltstrong.com/fishing-tip/fishing-rod-review-insiders/
think I’ve seen a similar vid here not to long ago. A school of jacks will hit anything in front of them as well as Spanish macks due to competition. young Reds may follow the same pattern
Whats your Favorite color topwater lure for redfish? Also what topwater lure do you preffer for redfish?
I pretty much always go with the simplest approach when it comes to lures… if baitfish imitation, I go with white. And if a shrimp imitation, I go darker.
For topwater, I like Skitterwalks and Super Spook Jrs… the spook is best in calm water and the skitterwalk does better in rough water.
Is it better to tie on lures or clip to thr line? Or does it really matter?
By far tie on. The clip on significantly reduces strikes.
I have had a lot of success with Strike Kings Redfish magic spinner bait. The flash of the Colorado blade and the almost indestructible swim bait makes it a deadly combination where I fish around St. Augustine. If the fish are holding deeper I like the fact that I can remove the jig head and swim bait from the spinner, then re-tie and bump the bottom.
What was the white topwater you used
That is a FlatsHQ lure… they went out of business so I don’t believe they can be purchased. Instead of that one, I’d go with this super spook jr: https://www.saltstrong.com/articles/heddon-super-spook-jr-review/
Thank you. I remember trying to buy one of those with great frustration.
Hi I’m just getting into looking at this website and I love it so far but I don’t have a boat to really get to the spots I see on the map I also have found so many different spots and I don’t know which one to choose. I’m fishing in the Galveston Bay Area. I’m just looking for any tips of baits or spots there. I just bought the 3 inch slam shady z man soft plastic with the trout eye 3/16 ounce jig head so hopefully that helps me.
I definitely recommend joining the Insider fishing club at the pro level because you’ll get access to the courses you need to successfully pick out the best spots based on the tides, season, weather, etc. while you also get access to the private Community platform. Here’s a link to learn more: https://www.saltstrong.com/pricing/