How To Catch Tailing Redfish, Black Drum, & Speckled Trout


It can be really frustrating to see tailing fish but they won’t bite.

You find them.

They’re feeding.

And they are not interested in what you’re offering.

So in this video, you’ll learn:

  • Where to find tailing fish
  • Why fish are tailing and what that means for you
  • The best lures to use
  • How to cast to tailing fish
  • And much more

Check it out!

How To Catch Tailing Fish [VIDEO]

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We reviewed a ton of information so here’s a timestamped table of contents:

  • 0:57 – The golden hours of fishing during the summertime
  • 1:26 – If these fish are tailing, it’s because they are feeding
  • 2:06 – Tailing redfish on the flats are eating this
  • 3:11 – Presentation is key when you find these fish
  • 3:36 – What types of environments will you find tailing fish?
  • 4:06 – Find the food, find the fish
  • 5:46 – The depth of the water to find tailing fish
  • 6:33 – Types of bottom to locate
  • 7:53 – Colors of lures to use
  • 9:07 – Where to cast for tailing fish
  • 12:24 – Put your bait on their dinner plate
  • 14:05 – What you do after your cast is really important
  • 16:20 – The best retrieve to get tailing fish to strike
  • 18:40 – A go-to lure for tailing fish
  • 19:45 – Scent is really important
  • 21:08 – Best hooks for your lures when you’re targeting tailing fish
  • 23:26 – The size of your lure that works best
  • 25:32 – Shrimp lures force you to slow down (that’s a good thing)
  • 29:20 – Go light on leader line but not TOO light
  • 30:45 – Success is preparation plus luck

Here are the lures, rattles, and scent we recommended:


best spring inshore fishing lures

Presentation is key.

But there are so many other factors that go into being successful at catching tailing fish.

Have any other tactics for targeting tailing fish?

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Bill Brown
2 years ago

Great instructions for lure placement and retrieve. Thanks

Steven Micheli
2 years ago

What length should the leader be?

2 years ago

Great discussion. Really enjoyed it !! Your discussion with the appropriate cast – would be nice to demo what you are indicating to get a better idea on the best cast to use and what to avoid -thx

Last edited 2 years ago by Pablo Diaz
Willie Dickerson
2 years ago

Enjoyed the video team. Great points.

2 years ago

would love to hear more specifics about strategies in Chesapeake Bay & vicinity…..lure choice, etc.

Steven Free
2 years ago

Yea I can imagine tailing fish would be exciting the only problem being here in northeast Florida it only happens on rare occasions when the flood tides in the spring come in and in the fall but not everywhere it happens it’s very hard where to predict when and where it will happen because both spring and falls weather patterns are very inconsistent and change constantly unlike where you are and most of the saltstrong nation in central and South fl also your water is 99 percent clearer then here in northeast fl were it’s the opposite mostly murky most of the year those rare times when it does happen here in spring and fall the water is much clearer

Joel Smith
2 years ago

Great video! I’ve continually been frustrated that I couldn’t get the attention of tailing redfish and now I’m fairly certain it’s because my presentation was wrong. Will definitely be working on more subtle accurate casts and slowed down retrieves.


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