3 Tips To Catch Tailing Redfish (Best Tides, Times, & Lures)
It’s every anglers dream to cruise up to a shallow flat early in the morning and see redfish tails waving in the air…
It’s like they’re waving little flags saying, “Hey, we’re eating over here!”
I recently went out a few mornings in a row to study tailing redfish and what I found was fascinating!
I learned a lot about what they’re actually feeding on, what times they feed, and how the tide affects their behavior.
I used that information to catch a lot of reds over those three tips, so I put together this video showing you exactly what I learned.
Check out the video below to learn how to catch more tailing redfish.
How To Catch Tailing Redfish [VIDEO]
The Best Times To Catch Tailing Redfish
On all three of my trips, the bite started at nearly the same time.
Not the same time of day, but at the same time in the tide cycle.
This time was when the tide started to come in.
But they didn’t feed for the entire incoming tide.
The average feeding window was 37 minutes long, so it’s actually a pretty narrow time frame that you have to get out there and have consistent action.
So why do they feed on an incoming tide?
Well, for one, an incoming tide brings in cooler water with more oxygen.
On hot summer days, this is exactly what fish are looking for.
Another reason is probably that when the tide is rising, the fish are able to get to areas that were previously too shallow — areas that are holding easy meals like small baitfish and crustaceans.
What Tailing Redfish Are Feeding On
Most people just assume that tailing redfish are digging in the mud for shrimp and crabs.
And while that’s often true, it’s not always true.
If you see a redfish tail waving in the air, then yes, that’s probably what they’re doing.
But if you see redfish sharking through the water, then they’re most likely looking for baitfish.
I wasted a lot of time on the first two mornings throwing shrimp lures at these redfish darting through the water.
How To Find More Tailing Redfish
One last tip for finding tailing redfish is to get a good pair of sunglasses.
On the last trip here, the fish didn’t start feeding until later in the morning when the sun was high.
If I didn’t have a good pair of polarized sunglasses, then it would’ve been hard to distinguish sun glare from redfish tails.
To catch tailing redfish in the summer, look for them in the morning at the beginning of low tide.
Be sure to take note of what they’re doing (digging in the mud or darting through the water) to choose the best lure, and remember that the time of tide cycle is more important than the time of day.
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