Top 5 Redfish Fishing Mistakes & Misconceptions (That Hold Anglers Back)


Do you want to know the top five things holding most anglers back from catching more redfish?

Then you’ve got to hear this!

We know these mistakes because we made them ourselves for many years, and it made fishing frustrating.

Some days we would be on fire, other days we would only catch catfish.

And the worst part was, we had no idea why…

Then, as we figured out how to finally stop making these mistakes and how to actually catch redfish, our results skyrocketed!

We were more consistent, we caught bigger fish, and we had more fun on the water!

But now as fishing coaches, we see these same mistakes get played out over and over again.

So to help you break free from making or believing these mistakes and misconceptions, Luke is revealing what they are and how to fix them in this powerful podcast episode.

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Misconception #1: The same spots always hold redfish

One of the most popular mistakes anglers make is going to the same spots over and over again.

It starts like this:

They go to a spot for the first time and it’s on fire!

Maybe it’s good the next time they go, too.

But then the next few trips, it’s a dead zone.

And even though they’re not catching anything, they still go because they’re confident that fish are there based on their past experiences.

But here’s the problem: spots are fixed!

Fish move because of:

  • Temperature
  • Tides
  • Wind
  • Dolphins
  • Human activity (other anglers, boaters, and jet skiers)
  • And other reasons

These are changing all the time, so fish move all the time!

Because of this, if you focus on spots, you’ll be inconsistent at best.


Take the trends into consideration.

Is it the middle of summer? Find an area with cooler water near an inlet or pass.

Is it dead winter right after a cold front? Find an area with warmer water that’s protected from the wind.

Knowing the trends and how to find fish based on them will make you a better, more consistent fisherman.

Misconception #2: Incoming tide is the best tide for redfish

This is partially true.

Fish aren’t sitting around, waiting on the perfect current direction and speed before they can start eating.

They’re moving around based on what the tides are doing, so you need to know where they’re moving.


Go fishing when you can go fishing.

Yes, it’s best if you can fish when the current is moving, but you can’t catch any fish sitting at home on the couch.

Learn the trends and what fish do based on different tides, and apply those trends to the tide you’re fishing.

Misconception #3: You have to use live bait to catch redfish

Live bait works very well, but if you want to be a great angler, you need to learn how to catch redfish on artificial lures.

Here’s why:

  • Sometimes you won’t have time to go catch or buy live bait
  • Sometimes bait is really tough to come by (either on the water or in the bait shops)
  • If you only fish once or twice a week and don’t know exactly where the bait and redfish are, then you could waste a lot of time looking for both

Lures let you cover more ground quicker, and fishing is a numbers game.

If you have one fish to cast to, then live bait is probably better.

But if you can put your lure in front of 100 more fish than you can get your live bait in front of, then lures are better.

And that’s exactly what using lures allows you to do.


Get better at catching reds with lures!

In Redfish Secrets, you’ll see our favorite lures and how to use them to catch redfish.

Misconception #4: You need heavy tackle to land big fish

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You don’t need a 4000 series reel to land big reds, and you don’t need 20 or 30 lb. braid either.

The majority of fishing we do is with a 2500 or 3000 series reel and 10 lb. braid.

This gear is plenty strong enough to catch nearly all the redfish you’ll come across, plus using lighter tackle lets you cast much farther and be more stealthy, which is one of the few things that will almost guarantee you’ll catch more fish.


Scale back your tackle to be more stealthy on the water and increase your odds of catching redfish.

See our favorite gear for reds in Redfish Secrets.

Misconception #5: The only way to get better at fishing is to spend time on the water

If you want to get better at golf, what do you do?

Hire a coach!

You don’t magically develop a great swing just by practicing more because you may not be practicing the right mechanics.

The same is true with catching redfish.

If you want to become a better angler, you need a coach.

You need to learn what the pros are doing.

Yes, you could watch a bunch of YouTube videos and read fishing magazines, but the problem with them is that you only get snippets of what works.


Read Redfish Secrets!

Get Redfish Secrets For FREE

After spending many years learning how to catch redfish, and then spending over two years putting it all into a book, Luke has finally finished Redfish Secrets.

It covers the best lures, techniques, gear, and, most importantly, how to find redfish year-round.

We’ll be listing it on Amazon for around $20, but before we print it and put it up for sale, we want your help!

We want to give you the PDF manuscript for FREE in return for your feedback.

We want you to point out any typos, give us constructive criticism, and tell us what you like and don’t like so when it’s time to go to print, it’s a fully refined book.

And in addition to the book, you’ll also get some never-before-seen bonus videos from Luke and Tony about how to find redfish in all four seasons.

Sounds like a pretty awesome deal, right?

Click here to download Redfish Secrets.


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Redfish are one of the most popular saltwater fish, but so many people are making easy-to-fix mistakes when it comes to catching them!

Don’t hit the same spots over and over, don’t only fish one tide, don’t rely on live bait, don’t use heavy tackle, and don’t blindly spend more time on the water!

If you want to catch more redfish than ever before, you’ve got to check out Redfish Secrets.

You’ll learn the best lures, gear, techniques, and, most importantly, how to find redfish year-round.

And the best news is, it’s FREE (for now)!

Click here to download Redfish Secrets.

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barbara alden
2 years ago

I downloaded top5 red fishing mistakes a couple days ago and when I came to the spot to get the bonus video it said page was unavailable and was disconnected.I went back to the podcast Sunday Nov.29 and tried to download it again but was unable to download it.thanks Barbara Alden

michael denny
2 years ago

I just got my email on this book. I can’t wait to start reading it. Thank you salt strong family

Luke Simonds
2 years ago
Reply to  michael denny

Thanks Michael! I hope you enjoy it. Please let me know if you see anything that needs to be changed for the final hard copy edition.

Caden Kaufman
2 years ago

Read the whole book today (man my eyes hurt) I would pay the 20 even 30 dollars for that! A true work of art! Absolutely Amazing job! Quality material!!!!

Caden Kaufman
2 years ago
Reply to  Joseph Simonds

It it’s a book that every angler should have! Simple as that.

Luke Simonds
2 years ago
Reply to  Caden Kaufman

Thanks so much for making time to post this nice comment Caden! I’m so glad to see that you enjoyed the new book.

Caden Kaufman
2 years ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Ya’ll hit the nail right on the head. Salt strong rolled into a easy to understand book!!;)

Caden Kaufman
2 years ago
Reply to  Joseph Simonds

Hey, you too

Caden Kaufman
2 years ago
Reply to  Joseph Simonds

Being a “younger” man (under 18) this really helps!


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