How To Catch Redfish In Shallow Water Like A Pro
Sight fishing for redfish in shallow water is one of the most fun ways to catch them.
It’s such a rush to find them hunting, present your lure in their path, and then hear the scream of your reel as they smash your bait and pull drag.
But there are several things you need to do right before you can get to that point.
Where do you find redfish feeding in shallow water?
What lure do you use for these reds?
And how do you present that lure?
In this video, I’m going to answer these questions and more, plus show you some awesome shallow water fish-catching footage.
Let’s dive in!
How To Catch Redfish In Shallow Water [VIDEO]
If you want to catch more redfish in shallow water, here are three tips to do so:
Tip #1: Be in the right spot at the right time
You won’t find feeding redfish in just any area of shallow water.
My two favorite spots to find them are dead-end creeks or coves and open flats combined with some sort of structure.
You’ll often find reds cruising shorelines, feeding around oyster bars, or hunting near seagrass.
And if an area has depth change, such as a channel that runs near a flat, that’s a bonus, too.
As far as what time to find them feeding in these areas, the beginning of incoming tide is best.
They’ll push up into water a foot deep (or even less) because they know hunting in shallow water is easier because baitfish don’t have the option to swim up or down.
And you’ll know you’re in the right spot when you can see them tailing, smashing bait on the surface, or see mud plumes that tell you a redfish just darted off.
Tip #2: Use lures that imitate what they’re feeding
In shallow water, it’s pretty easy to tell what reds are feeding on.
If they’re waving their tails in the air that means they’re digging their noses in the mud looking for crustaceans.
If they’re not tailing, they’re chasing baitfish.
You’ll know this for sure if you see them popping baitfish on the surface or sharking through the water chasing their prey.
Tip #3: Present your lure the right way
All the time I hear about people finding fish, seeing what they’re eating, and throwing the right type of lure… but they just can’t get the reds to eat.
Why does that happen?
Usually, it’s because they didn’t present the lures correctly.
And this is devastating because they did all the hard work of finding them and being prepared with the right lure, but they couldn’t close the deal.
So how do you prevent that from happening to you?
By placing the lure in the right spot and retrieving it at the right speed.
The goal of this is for the redfish to think it found your lure, not the other way around.
To do that, look at where the fish is going, pitch your lure ahead of it, and retrieve it at the right speed so that the fish will run into it and think it’s an easy meal.
Catching redfish in the shallows is a blast, and if you want to give yourself the best shot at being successful at it, do these three things:
- Fish dead-end creeks, coves, and flats at the beginning of an incoming tide
- Figure out what they’re feeding on (tailing reds are looking for crustaceans, sharking reds are feeding on baitfish) and throw the right type of lure
- Throw your lure ahead of where they’re going and intercept them on their path
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