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]
- Craft: Old Town Topwater PDL
- Rod: TFO Professional Signature Series (Medium – 7’6″)
- Reel: Daiwa Fuego LT 3000
- Mainline: 10 lb PowerPro
- Leader: 20 lb Seaguar Blue Label Fluorocarbon
- Hooks: Z-Man Trout Eye Jig Head
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.
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.
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