Top 3 Fall Redfish Mistakes (And How To Fix Them!)


If you’re not catching as many redfish as you’d like right now, it’s probably due to one of these three common mistakes…

Just a few weeks ago summer fishing was in full swing.

The water was warm and the fish were following their summer trends.

But now that the weather is cooling down a bit and will only get cooler, what worked in July and August is what will likely get you skunked now.

So check out the video below to see what the most common fall redfish mistakes are and how to fix them.


Top 3 Fall Redfish Mistakes [VIDEO]

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Mistake #1: Fishing in cold zones

When the weather was hot, fish were looking for cooler water.

But now that the water temperature is starting to drop, that’s no longer the case.

As it gets cooler, you’re more likely to find fish in areas of warmer water.

These types of areas include:

  • Muddy bottom areas
  • Wind-protected shorelines
  • Areas out of the main current (like coves or the backside of points)

Mistake #2: Using lures that are too small

Whether you’re fishing with lures or live bait, you always want to match the hatch.

And since the majority of baitfish are at their biggest this time of year, you want to match the hatch by using a bigger lure.

Another reason bigger lures work well this time of year is because fish are looking for big meals that have lots of calories.

By eating a few bigger fish they can save energy, as opposed to spending a lot of energy chasing down lots of smaller fish or crustaceans.

I mostly use paddletails in the 5-7″ range this time of year.

Here are my two favorites:

Mistake #3: Fishing too fast

As the water cools, fish get lazier.

They’re less likely to chase down fast-moving lures than they were when the water was warm, so slow down your retrieve to catch more redfish this time of year.

You can do that by reeling in your lure more slowly, or just by adding more and longer pauses during your retrieve.


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Fall is one of the best times to catch big redfish, but since the weather is getting cooler, you need to make some adjustments to how you were fishing during the warm summer months.

Fish warmer areas, like coves protected from the wind and main current, use bigger lures, and slow down your retrieve.

Have any questions about catching redfish in the fall?

Let me know down in the comments!

And if you know someone who’s making these mistakes, please TAG or SHARE this with them!

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Hector Castellanos
3 years ago

Great tips Wyatt. The larger swim baits I’ve seen are pre rigged and some weigh an ounce or more. What’s the best size jig head for the Bomber and 5″ Slam Shaddy during the fall? Can they be rigged to fish specific water column? Or is it just best to use a heavier/bigger jig head?

3 years ago

i use a swimbait for snook red fish.

Robert Dillard
3 years ago

Rubber banding the soft tail out of the picture 2:47. To Cool!

Pat Ogletree
3 years ago

Good stuff Wyatt! Looks like fall came a little earlier this year for us. Even though the water isn’t cold here it has already cooled off considerably and the fish are moving to their fall spots. Been seeing a lot of the same things as you are down here. BTW that mic is working great, it’s giving you that radio DJ voice. Sounds nice and clear.

Guy Mendoza
3 years ago

Hello Saltstrong Fam!
My geo location finds most of my fishing done @ ENP. Ten K islands , Fl Bay and the like. Can a fellow member tell me what time of year this region experiences temp changes?

And when to consider transitioning more to a backwater scenario?

Thanks Guys!

Steven Free
3 years ago

While I do agree to this idea mostly I believe that water temp is very important in justifying this approach while the water I agree has been cooling one must note that every species of fish being sought after has it’s own preferred comfort temp zone I believe it’s vital to know your species temp zone every species is different and not all of fl or anywhere else being fished is exactly the same either for instance a windbliwn point fished here in North East fl or maybe say further north like where your at Wyatt in North Carolina would be colder then let’s say central or south to but if you observe the water temps it will let you know just how cool the water has gotten and also every year is different as well in one year fall might not happen until late Oct where maybe the year before the beginning of Sept it started cooling off water temps always indicate how a fishes going to react in a given period of time and a certain area being fished anytime a new weather pattern starts to form totally different from the last and maintains itself I always let the water temp dictate how and where I’m going to fish then once I have found that temp other factors are important as well like you said bigger baits to match the hatch and fishing areas closer to the winter spectrum like looking for warmer water instead of cooler in summer and areas located out of the wind versus areas being blown by the wind for more dissolved oxygen anyways just saying what works for me have been a life member going on 3 years now thanks for all you do😁

James Woodmansee
3 years ago
Reply to  Wyatt Parcel

It seems like Steven Free is correct in saying that water temp is important but he doesn’t say what temps or changes he looks for and Wyatt seems to be correct in saying “it’s going to be relative to the area that you live…”. And Wyatt’s advice is not related to actual water temp or % of change but rather “look for sudden change”. I don’t think I’ve ever seen many sudden changes except for storms or hurricanes here in Cape Coral, Florida. So I’m hoping for more specific advice like maybe “relative change” may be appropriate for Salt Strong coaches to discuss, i.e., “when the water temp in your area drops about 10% (or whatever % they think is appropriate) start switching over to fall. Is there a more or less standard range of temp drop that could be applied everywhere to trigger the start of fall fishing strategy? If so, would it be 10%, 15%, ? Or do y’all stick with “look for sudden changes”?

James Woodmansee
3 years ago

Ok, I should have read all the other responses before I replied. So “double digit” changes would be more appropriate than a standard % of change?

3 years ago

I believe you should also have a segment on the moon phase of the month. It seems that when we have a full moon that fishing is real show during the day. Your thoughts?

Last edited 3 years ago by Anonymous
Thomas Campbell
3 years ago

At what point do you start transitioning to colder zones. I’m referring to water temp drop. If my water is 83 and drops to 80, is that enough to change zones. Or are you look for a major change, like 83 to 73. I’ve noticed in the Florida panhandle, when it comes to redfish, you can catch them in rivers and flats year round. They tolerate temp changes much better than other inshore fish.

David Tolbert
3 years ago

Another terrific video, Wyatt. Thanks!

Sam Craparo
3 years ago

Great info Wyatt. You are a valuable addition to the Salt Strong Nation.


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