How To Catch Redfish In Coastal Creeks (On Incoming & Outgoing Tides)
When you’re fishing a coastal creek… what’s the best tide to catch fish?
Many people claim the incoming tide is the best, while others are sure it’s the outgoing tide.
But here’s the truth…
Both can be great!
You just have to be in the right spot at the right time.
For instance, the best spot for an outgoing tide won’t be as productive on an incoming tide.
And the best spot for an incoming tide will probably have no water in it during an outgoing tide!
So in this video, you’re going to learn how to catch fish during both tides in coastal creeks.
- The best lures to use in coastal creeks
- How to NOT spook off fish (this is one of the most important, yet underrated skills when it comes to catching fish)
- How to find coastal creeks that hold fish on satellite maps
- And more
Check out the video below!
How To Catch Redfish In Coastal Creeks [VIDEO]
How To Catch Redfish During An Incoming Tide
Bait essentially follows the flow of the current.
As water fills up creeks that were previously dry at low tide, bait follows the water into those areas to look for shelter.
Redfish, who are hungry and not scared to get in really shallow water, follow the bait up the creeks.
Therefore you, as the fishermen, need to follow the fish and water up the creeks, too.
Now, once you’ve found the fish, here are two tips to help you catch them.
Tip #1: Don’t run right up on the school
Stay as far back as you can while still keeping them in casting distance.
This will let you catch more because you’re less likely to spook them off.
Tip #2: Don’t cast right into the middle of the school
By casting to the right or the left of the school, you can pick them off one by one and catch a lot of fish.
How To Catch Redfish During An Outgoing Tide
During an incoming tide, the fish are traveling up the creek in search of food.
But during an outgoing tide, all of the food is getting washed out of the creeks, so redfish are waiting at the creek mouth for food to get swept by.
Position yourself at the mouth of the creek and cast your lure up current, then retrieve it down with the current to mimic a baitfish being swept out with the current.
Redfish will be looking into the current and will think your lure is an easy meal as it comes towards them.
Here are some advantages of fishing during an outgoing tide:
- You don’t need to cover as much water (you only need to fish the creek mouths)
- The fish are concentrated in the holes around creek mouths
- The fish are competitive (there’s only so much food and real estate in the creek mouths)
Best Lures To Catch Redfish In Coastal Creeks
The jig head lets me bounce the paddletail off of the bottom where the fish are feeding, and the action of the tail attracts fish, even if the water is dark.
The jig head weight is determined by depth, so if I’m fishing shallow creeks on an incoming tide, I might use a 1/8 or 3/16 oz. jig head.
If I’m fishing deeper holes in a creek mouth on an outgoing tide, I’ll use a 1/4 oz. jig head.
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Coastal creeks are some of the best places to catch redfish.
During an incoming tide, you can follow the reds as they follow the bait and pick them off one by one.
During an outgoing tide, you can position yourself at a creek mouth and drag your lure through the deeper holes and along the shore where reds are waiting in ambush for an easy meal.
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