The Secrets To Catching Redfish On The Flats With Cut Bait


If you want to get on some big redfish, then using cut bait is a great option!

And cut mullet is one of my favorite baits for redfish.

But there are some strategies that you’ll need to know if you want to be successful.

So in this video, you’ll learn:

  • How to make a simple cut bait rig
  • How to find these fish
  • Best positioning to get fish to strike
  • And more

Check it out below!

Secrets To Catching Redfish With Cut Bait [VIDEO]

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Cut mullet is readily accessible.

You can find it at your local bait shop (fresh or frozen).

But fresh is preferred so take your cast net with you if you can.

I really like mullet that are in the 6″ to 10″ range so you can get several baits from one.

Simple Rig For Cut Bait

Keep it simple for the rig and let the mullet do the work!

Use 3 to 4 ft of leader and tie on a 4/0 or 5/0 circle hook.

Make sure you match the size of your hook to the size of your baits (not the size of the fish you want to catch).

You can catch really big fish on small hooks!

Here’s what I use for the rig:

You don’t need a weight, just freeline out the chunk of mullet.

Cut a 2″ to 2.5″ piece of mullet.

Hook in through the meat and out through the skin and make sure the hook point is clear of scales.

And if you’re fishing in current, go through the narrower part of the bait so the mullet is more streamlined in the water.

Positioning & Location For Using Cut Bait

Make sure you are in an area where you know there are redfish, otherwise you’ll end up catching some by-catch (like catfish).

You can use an artificial as a search bait to find where fish are holding.

Position yourself up current or upwind from your target area that way the current pushes the bait scent up to the fish.

Pro Tip: Why do I use longer rods on my kayak? I’m typically using anywhere from 7’6″ to 8′ rods. When you have a fish run underneath your kayak, you need the clearance to run your rod around the front or the back of your kayak to effectively land the fish.


best cut bait for redfish

Cut bait is an excellent choice of baits for catching big redfish on the flats.

And if you know the best rig, how to prepare your baits, and how to position yourself, you should be landing a big redfish in no time!

Have any questions about this rig?

Or how to position yourself when using cut bait?

Let me know down in the comments!

And if you know someone who wants to start using cut bait or needs a simple rigging tip, please TAG or SHARE this with them!

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David Wamsley
2 months ago

Yet another great instructional video, great job. I am curious as to which Hobie
you are fishing out of. I am looking to upgrade from my kayak and any help with
a recommendation would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Mel Crissey
2 months ago

Tony, as always you have great tips to help us catch more fish.

J Long
2 months ago

Nice Red, Tony! These are great tips. I always used this method off a boat for big bull Reds. Looking forward to trying it on the kayak now.

2 months ago

Would like to see a video on how to catch mullet either waiting or from a boat, or kayak. I’ve had no trouble catching pinfish or pilchers with a cast net. I always see mullet jumping in the distance but never see them close enough to the cast of them.

Great video… As usual from you guys.

Jacinda Rose
2 months ago

Great tips, Tony! Reminds me of the bull reds I caught in ML.
Seems I’ll never get that castnet to open, so fresh cut mullet is hard to come by for me! I’ll use large chunks of cut pinfish instead & it works great. Snip off the tail & the head & even the fins if I find I’m getting strikes without takers… seems to make a difference when I do.
With cut pinfish, which tend to be much smaller than mullet, I can get away with 2/0 or 3/0 circle hooks.

Mike Foy
2 months ago

Thanks Tony. Enjoyed the instruction and the video. I have some questions in regard to hooks used. Do you exclusively use in line hooks or are there times to use offset? Also what are the hooks sold in the salt strong store- are they inline or offset? Thank you

Jonathan Fortune
2 months ago

Thanks Tony for great video. My baits have been too small (compared to yours). I did this the other day. (Put the baits right next to the edge ) Nothing but catfish. Also how close to the mangroves are you casting the bait to? Thanks

Jack Dickerson
2 months ago

Tony, I guess using larger chunks of bait, helps in getting larger fish?

Philip Stoddard
2 months ago

Good timing. I’ll be trying it out tomorrow morning in Chokoloskee Bay. Fingers crossed.

Jerry Dexter
2 months ago

Thanks Tony, that gives me some ideas


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