How To Catch More REDFISH This Fall (Top 3 Tips)
Fall is the best time to catch lots of redfish.
They’re hungry, big, and schooled up, so if you’re looking for a new personal best day, now is the time to do it.
But the question is… how do you do it?
In this video, you’ll learn:
- The best lures and baits for fall redfish
- Where to find fall redfish
- The biggest mistake that most anglers make when it comes to catching reds this season
- And much more
I’ve used these tips to catch a ton of fall redfish (including the big one pictured above) and I know they can help you, too.
Check out the video below!
How To Catch Fall Redfish [VIDEO]
Where To Find Fall Redfish
The first task to complete when it comes to catching fall redfish is to find them.
The biggest mistake anglers make here is that they still fish their summer spots.
Sure, there might be fish along the shorelines that were red hot just a few weeks ago, but now they likely won’t be as active or as hungry as fish in the typical fall spots.
The best types of spots to find feeding redfish in the fall are:
- Deeper edges of flats
- Creek mouth entrances (especially those with structure, like oyster bars)
Since the water is cooling down, redfish are getting slightly more lethargic and don’t want to spend as much energy as they did in the summer.
Because of this, they’ll set up in the spots above with lots of current flow and let the current bring food to them
Best Baits For Fall Redfish
Profile (size) and presentation is more important than brand or color when it comes to artificial lures.
Since baitfish are biggest in this season, fish are focused on larger baits, so use lures from 4-6″.
If the fish are finicky, use lures on the smaller size, but if they’re really aggressive, you can use larger lures.
My favorite lure for redfish right now is the 5″ Slam Shady BOMBER.
Lures with some vibration or flash do well at catching the attention of fish in deeper or darker water right now, and the BOMBER has both.
Live & Cut Bait
I prefer cut bait in the fall because fishes’ metabolism is slowing down and they’re looking for easy meals.
In the beginning of the fall live bait will work, like croakers or pinfish, but as the season goes on and the water gets cooler, I prefer fresh cut mullet or ladyfish.
And although many people like to use blue crabs, I avoid them because, although cut blue crab works well, right now there’s a lot of big baitfish around that will pick shell clean really quickly.
Cut ladyfish or mullet will last much longer.
How To Find & Approach Fall Redfish
At any given time, 90% of the fish are 10% of the water, and this is especially true of fall redfish.
Once you’ve found one hungry fish, there’s likely more, so your main goal at first is to cover ground to find them.
In addition to going to the types of spots mentioned earlier, here are my two other ways of finding fall redfish:
- Look for birds, bait, or other activity on the surface
- Have a search bait (like a 5″ paddletail) if you’re using live or cut bait so you can fan cast and cover more water
A lot of people locate schools by bumping them, or running up and down a flat to spook them.
Sure, that will help you find them, but it will decrease your odds of getting them to eat, especially if you’re using artificial lures.
As water temperatures cool down and the water clears up, fish will get more and more skittish, so approach them slowly and be quiet out there.
Now is the best time to go out and catch a ton of redfish, so be sure to look for birds and bait near points, creek mouths, and the edges of flats, and throw larger lures, like the Slam Shady BOMBER.
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Or have any other tips that I missed?
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