How To Catch Bull Redfish (With Cut Bait)

By: Tony Acevedo on August 13, 2019
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If you want some drag-pulling, reel-screaming, rod-bending action, then you’re in the right place.

Nothing checks those boxes like a 40-inch bull redfish.

And here’s the deal: to catch these guys we’re not poling around mangrove islands, trying to be as quiet as we can, hunting for a spooky snook, trying to pitch our lure in the perfect spot.

Of course, I love sight fishing, and there’s a time and place for that, but that’s not what we’re talking about here.

This is lobbing out a fresh chunk of cut bait, busting out the sandwich, and waiting for the reel to start singing.

In the first video below, I’ll share some tips on how I use cut bait, what I use, and the best ways to hook and present it.

Then I’ll dive into more tips on things like:

  • What equipment you need to catch bull redfish with cut bait
  • What types of spots are most likely to hold bull redfish
  • When to find bull redfish
  • And much more!

Enjoy!

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Using Cut Bait For Bull Redfish [VIDEO]

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Were those monster reds or what?!

They were a blast!

Here’s the equipment I was using for them:

Best Cut Baits

best cut bait for redfish

Ideal Size Mullet For Cutting Up

In this video, I was using a chunk of cut mullet.

Mullet in the 10-12-inch range is typically my go-to fish for cut bait, but here are some other good options:

  • Ladyfish (second choice)
  • Pinfish (third choice)

When cutting up these baitfish, I like to cut the tail off then use a 2-4 inch chunk.

And although I discard the tail, the head can be great for catching big reds.

Another thing to keep in mind with these baits is that fresh is best.

Try to avoid frozen baits because they can:

  1. Turn mushy and easily fall off the hook
  2. Smell different than fresh cut bait (and not attract as many fish)
  3. Attract more catfish

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Pretty easy right?

Now, the next things you’ll want to know are when and where to use cut bait, and what equipment you’ll want for an easy and clean(ish) trip.

Watch the video below to answer those questions and more!

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Catching Redfish With Cut Bait [VIDEO]

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As you can see, this method is pretty deadly when it comes to catching monster redfish.

Equipment You’ll Need For Using Cut Bait

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Be sure to have a knife handy, such as this awesome bait knife made by Danco

If you want to not destroy your boat or kayak, or have it smelling like dead fish, make sure to bring these items with you:

  1. A cutting board. You don’t want to be cutting into your gel coat or kayak accidentally
  2. A knife

Having these items will make cutting up baitfish much cleaner and easier.

Where & When To Use Cut Bait For Bull Redfish

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Here are some of my favorite types of spots to use cut bait for bull reds:

  • Potholes in grass flats
  • Deeper Edges of Flats
  • Bridges/Docks/Jetties
  • Inlets/Passes/Barge Canals (Late Summer Through Fall)

Late summer through fall is when I typically have the most luck with bull reds because that’s when they’re stuffing themselves for spawning season.

Conclusion

cut bait for bull redfish

Using cut bait is one of my favorite tactics to catch bull redfish.

I like to use a 2-4 inch chunk of mullet on a circle hook and toss it onto a sandy pothole on a grass flat, although ladyfish and pinfish around other structure such as passes, inlets, bridges, docks and jetties work as well.

Have any questions about catching bull redfish with cut bait?

Let me know in the comments below!

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Raleigh Thomas
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Great video Tony!
Fresh is always best, but if you have to use frozen, use the offshore Grouper trick of brining them in a small cooler as they thaw. A layer of mullet, then lots of ice cream-making salt, then more mullet, etc. This really toughens them up. An ideal scenario is if you have some fresh mullet ( or anything ) left over, freeze them in heavy brine/salted down.

Jonathan Getz
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Coming in late, but whiting is also great cut bait for reds. Also bigger hooks are good to keep the smaller gafttops from hooking up, as they are especially pesky when the water is warm (March-early October here in Texas).

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We have had great success using cut bluefish as well. Actually, when fishing of Tybee Island pier, if bluefish and mullet were in the water at the same time the blue got hit more than the mullet.

Andrew Rollins
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Hey, Tony What are your thoughts on cut Blue crab? Where does it wind up on your list? I’ll use a it before most baits for Reds, because the by catch is less.

Kent King
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Tony,
Thank you, great stuff. If you don’t mind sharing, what fishing gloves are you using?

I have had a couple of pre-cancerous spots removed on the top of my hand from fishing for almost 50 years (omg!) and need to use gloves. But, I haven’t been able to find a good working pair. They are either to slick in the palm, or too heavy, or not fingerless.

I couldn’t catch the make of yours in the video but they look to work well. Please share if appropriate, much appreciated.

Thx!
Kent

Tim Alters
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The best cut bait for Redfish is Ladyfish a.k.a. Redfish Crack.

Jeremy Bogard
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Awesome video Tony! What would your advice be one when to freeline and when to use a sinker? And when using a sinker do you prefer a knocker rig or a fishfinder/Carolina rig?

David Lee
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In NC, we use what is called a Lupton Rig to keep the Reds from getting hooked too deep.

Mike Mckee
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Hey Tony. Great video. I clicked on the blue link in the article “to see where I was fishing and why..” but it only takes me to the Insiders main page. I’m an insider club member, but I don’t know how to find the fishing location for this particular article. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Stephanie
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Stephanie

You say not to use frozen bait. What if that’s the only option?
Also how do you avoid catching catfish using the same technique shown in the video?

George Murphy
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Nice fish and it looks like it was fun! My hands down favorite part for bait is the head.

Steve Field
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Thinking about going down to Haulover canal this weekend.any other tips for this time of year down there

Frank Santana
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Another great video by Tony !!! Thanks for the tip !!!

Pat Ogletree
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Nice work, one day I’ll get one.

David Yarber
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Man, I was laughing out loud and clapping when that reel started screaming! Lookin for somebody to high five! Bravo!