How To Catch Redfish With Mud Minnows Rigged On A Jig Head
One of my favorite ways to catch redfish in the winter is with a mud minnow rigged on a jig head.
It’s a simple approach and redfish love them.
And in this video, I’m going to show you exactly how I do it.
- How to rig mud minnows (so they last long and cast far)
- How to retrieve them to maximize your redfish strikes
- Why they’re such great winter baits
- My favorite spot to fish them
- And more
Check out the video below.
Catching Redfish With Mud Minnows [VIDEO]
Here’s the gear I was using:
- Rod: 7′ Bull Bay Stealth Sniper MH Fast action
- Reel: 2500 Daiwa BG
- Line: 15 lb. PowerPro
- Leader: 20 lb. Ande Mono
- Strike King jig head
Mud minnows make great baits for redfish, especially in colder months when the fish are lethargic and you need to work your bait slowly.
To rig them up, you want to put the hook through the lips.
Find the slit under their chin, slide the hook along the slit until it stops at the lips, and press the hook up and out and up through the nose.
Then, toss it out into the feeding zone, let it sit for 5-10 seconds, and slowly drag it back to you about a foot.
During those pauses, the mud minnow will be kicking its tail trying to get off of the jig head, attracting any predator fish nearby.
This is sort of like a hybrid of live bait and lure fishing.
You’re casting, retrieving, and covering water, but still have a live bait rigged up doing a lot of the work for you.
When & Where To Use Mud Minnows
On this day, I was fishing in the afternoon right before sunset.
The sun had been heating up the water all day, so the reds were up shallow near the shore.
But if you’re fishing earlier in the day, and the water is cooler, then they might be deeper in the creeks.
As far as where to use them, I’ve caught fish with mud minnows under docks, on mudflats, and near jetties, but my favorite is fishing with them around tidal creeks with grassy shorelines and oyster bars, like I was in this video.
Mud minnows are one of my favorite baits for redfish in the winter.
Rig them on a jig head, slowly drag them across the bottom through the feeding zone, and hold on!
Do you like to use mud minnows as bait?
Have any questions about them?
Let me know down in the comments!
And if you know someone who wants to catch more fish with mud minnows, please TAG or SHARE this with them!
P.S. Want access to our best fishing spots and tips, plus discounts to our online tackle store? Click here to join us in the Insider Club!
STOP WASTING TIME ON THE WATER!
Do what the “SMART ANGLERS” are doing and join the Insider Club.
Here’s what you’ll receive today when you join: