EASIEST Way To Catch Redfish In The Winter (Best Tide, Spots, & Lures)
“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]
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:
- Having just one spot picked out
- 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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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