EASIEST Way To Catch Redfish In The Winter (Best Tide, Spots, & Lures)

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“It’s like shooting fish in a barrel.”

Have you ever been fishing where every time you toss out your lure it’s getting hit?

Those are the best days…

And the good news for us is that many of those days can be had in the winter!

Here’s why: negative tides concentrate fish in deeper pockets, so they’re MUCH easier to find than on higher tides when they could be anywhere.

In the video, I’ll show you how to find those deep pockets and the best ways catch fish in them.

Let’s dive in!

Catching Low Tide Winter Redfish [VIDEO]

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Best Winter Redfish Spots & Conditions

If you want to have nonstop winter redfish action, the first thing you need to do is find them in the right spot at the right time.

I like windy days (10-15 mph winds) and an outgoing tide that leads to a negative tide.

Look for deep channels or pockets around creek mouths or the edge of a flat with a little bit of wind protection.

These will hold lots of fish because deeper water on a cold day means warmer water, plus there’s nowhere else for them to go if the flats are all dried up.

But here’s a warning about these types of spots: they’re typically hit or miss, so don’t just bank on one hole.

Two of the biggest mistakes I see anglers making are:

  1. Having just one spot picked out
  2. Spending too much time at a spot

Have a gameplan with four or five of these spots picked out.

Fish them for 10-15 minutes and if you don’t get any action, move on.

Usually, these holes will have 40-50 redfish in them, so if you’ve found them, you’re going to get a bite pretty quickly.

Now, the next question to ask once you’ve found them is this: what lures should you use?

Best Lures For Winter Redfish

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I typically use three different lures when I’m fishing these holes for redfish:

MirrOlure Suspending Twitchbait

This lure is especially great if there are baitfish around.

Fish them slowly, letting the current bring the lure to the fish, and wait for them to strike.

The color doesn’t matter too much, but I do like the ones with some flash to them because the water is usually a little darker in these holes.

You can get the MirrOdine from our shop here.

Paddletail

If the fish are a little more active, I’ll go with a paddletail rigged on a jig head and bounce it slowly off the bottom.

These are especially great if the water is dark because the paddletail creates more vibration in the water than the MorrOlure.

I usually use a slam shady rigged on a jig head.

Shrimp Lure

If the fish don’t seem to be hitting the baitfish lures, or if I’m seeing a lot of shrimp in the water, I’ll switch to a shrimp lure.

I’ve tried (and caught fish with) a variety of different shrimp lures, including:

Conclusion

how to catch redfish in coastal creeks

Catching redfish in deep pockets during negative winter tides is about as close as you can get to shooting fish in a barrel.

Find 4-5 deep cuts to fish, spend just 10-15 minutes at each one if you’re not getting bites, and toss a suspending twitchbait, paddletail, or shrimp lure in there.

Have any questions about catching redfish in the winter?

Let me know down in the comments.

And if you know someone who wants to catch more redfish this winter, please TAG or SHARE this with them!

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Michael Bourdua
4 months ago

Wyatt, I think tomorrow afternoon is the perfect day in Wilmington to employe this strategy for winter Reds in Wilmington NC. It will be very cold, 12 mph winds but a negative tide in the PM. What do you think? I’d be going to the backside of masonboro island like in the video. Thoughts?

Harry Craig
5 months ago

I’m 71 and have fished a lot, amazing how much I’ve learned from SS !!

Greg
5 months ago

Going to go down and start fishing the 10000 islands and will have these all in my tackle bag Thanks for all the great info

Lyle Crafton
5 months ago

Great video. Better plan for “yaks.” Good info on lure selection.

Michael Mets
5 months ago

Wyatt, Great video! Like others I really like the way you present so much helpful info in a condensed format. I typically fish from my flats skiff but occasionally from my kayak.

Two questions:

Are gold spoons a good bait to use during the winter and the conditions in your video above?

Is the other video you mention for the insider club available?

Nick Nemeth
5 months ago

Great video Wyatt. You do a super job of getting a lot of good info in your vids in a short amount of time.

Stephen Thrasher
5 months ago

Wyatt, in areas like the cape lookout region that don’t have big marsh systems that drain out of one or two points, is there any way to find deeper holes faster using online maps through murky water?

Forest Duncan
5 months ago

Wyatt, my main concern would be getting stuck in the mud – if getting out of the kayak and walking to the spot to fish. Is it easy to identify the hardness of the creek bottom and avoid getting stuck? I usually fish alone and getting stuck in a remote area, in the winter, seems risky. I always carry a cell phone but would hate to find myself in this predicament. How do you guard against this happening?

Forest Duncan
5 months ago
Reply to  Wyatt Parcel
Thanks, Wyatt, these are all great tips to avoid getting stuck,  Re the tight wading boot, your video on winter boot selection would suggest the Simms boot - the Xtratough boot would too easily slip off your foot.  The Simms boot is zippered but you report it is uncomfortable for all-day wear.  It is also short, not offering much protection from water seeping into the boot if the water is deeper than 8" - not a problem in summer but a different matter in winter.  A taller, waterproof wading boot may be preferred - both for navigating through pluff mud and avoiding leakage into the boot.  But, on second thought, maybe one wants to be able to easily slip their foot out of a boot stuck in mud???  I am presently wearing a tall Muck Wetland boot.  They are 17" tall and are reasonably warm with wool socks.  My only reservation is falling in deeper water and the boots sliding off.  (I wear them over a Kokatat dry suit with stocking feet).  A compromise might be the Muck Artic Outpost Lace Mid boot which would stay on and offer a little more height (11 3/4") than the Simms boot.  Sorry for rambling.  In any case, one should be very cautious if exploring marsh creeks on foot alone.  
Ted Machart
5 months ago

You really give a lot of info in a short time. I like that. About 10-15 minutes is the longest I will watch for and you always give a big bang especially for us yakers.

Pablo
5 months ago

Great discussion

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