Top 3 Lures For Winter Redfish (And When To Use Them)
There’s no one perfect lure for every scenario…
But depending on the depth, water clarity, and what the fish are currently feeding on, there are some lures that’ll definitely work better than others.
So in this video, you’re going to see my top three favorite lures for winter redfish and when I like to use them.
Whether you’re sight fishing the flats or pitching lures under docks, this video will help you catch more redfish this winter.
Let’s dive in!
Top 3 Lures For Winter Redfish [VIDEO]
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Catching Winter Redfish On Jerk Shads
Sight fishing clear, shallow flats is one of my favorite ways to target redfish.
And winter is the best time of year to do that because the water is the clearest.
But in these conditions the fish are extra spooky, so you need a lure that won’t scare them off.
A jerk shad rigged on a 1/16 oz. weighted hook is perfect for this.
The split tail doesn’t make too much commotion in the water, and it’s erratic action mimics both an injured baitfish and a fleeing shrimp.
The 1/16 oz. weighted hook is good here because it doesn’t make too much of a splash when it hits the water and the water is shallow, so you don’t need to get your lure down deep.
Catching Winter Redfish On Paddletails
If you’re fishing deeper docks or dirty water, it’s tough to beat a 3-4″ paddletail.
When fishing docks, rig your paddletail on a jig head to get it down to the bottom quickly.
The reason a jig head is better than a weighted hook here is that the jig head is front weighted, which makes it dive down quicker.
And of course, the weight will depend on the current and how deep the water is.
The other time to use a paddletail for winter redfish is if the water on the flats is dirty.
For instance, if a cold front comes through and rain brings a lot of runoff into the flats or wind churns up the water, then the fish will have trouble seeing a jerk shad.
The paddletail makes a lot of vibration in the water, so fish are able to find it better in these conditions.
When I’m fishing paddletails on the flats, I like to use a weighted hook.
But compared to jerk shads, paddletails typically ride higher in the water, so I like to use a heavier weighted hook to keep it down near the bottom in the strike zone.
Catching Winter Redfish On Shrimp Lures
Shrimp lures are great all around winter lures.
Whether you’re fishing deep docks or clear, shallow flats, redfish have a tough time saying no to a shrimp lure.
And they’re especially deadly rigged on a jig head when fishing sandy or muddy bottom because bouncing it off the bottom plumes up the sand and mud, which sends a clear signal to the fish where an easy meal is.
But unlike baitfish, which are smallest in the winter, shrimp are biggest in the winter.
So I like to use a larger shrimp lure in the 3-5″ range.
I’ve been loving the Power Prawn rigged on a jig head.
The best lure for redfish in the winter will depend on where you’re fishing.
If you’re sight fishing the flats, go with a jerk shad.
If you’re fishing docks or dirty water, go with a paddletail.
And then you’ve got the shrimp lure, which can be effective in either scenario.
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Have any questions about which lures to use for redfish in the winter?
What’s your favorite lure this time of year?
Let me know down in the comments!
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