This Is How To Use A Paddletail When Sight Fishing For Redfish
It’s sight fishing time!
Sight casting to tailing redfish and getting them to strike might be one of the most fun things you can experience as an angler.
And in this video, we’re breaking down the little nuances you need to know when sight fishing with paddletails.
- Where to cast your lure so you don’t spook the fish off, but still get them to strike
- When to use paddletails when sight fishing (and when NOT to use them)
- Why having the right equipment is important when sight fishing
- And much more
Check it out below!
Sight Casting For Redfish With Paddletails [VIDEO]
Here is my set-up for sight casting for redfish:
- Slam Shady 2.0
- 3/0 Owner Twistlock Hook, 1/8 oz.
- Reel: Daiwa Procyon AL 2500D-XH
- Rod: 7’6 Century Weapon Jr. (Medium/Fast)
- Line: 10# Power Pro
- Leader: 20# Berkley Vanish
How To Sight Cast For Redfish With A Paddletail
When you are sight fishing, you want to place your lure just past the fish.
Cast it far enough so that you don’t spook them when the lure lands, but close enough so that you’ll be able to get it in front of them.
While you are retrieving, slowly reel the paddletail by the fish and keep your rod tip up.
This will prevent your line from dragging over the fish and scaring the redfish away.
Pro tip: Use a reel with a high gear ratio. If the fish starts swimming directly towards you, you may not get a good hook-set if you can’t reel fast enough. A faster reel, like the Daiwa Procyon, will help you pick up line quickly to avoid this.
When To Use A Paddletail For Sight Casting
When the water is not super clean but not super dirty, a paddletail is perfect.
That little extra vibration can help fish dial in on your bait.
If the water is really dirty, I’ll switch up to a larger profile paddletail (like the Slam Shady BOMBER) that will create more movement through the water.
But if the water is really clean, I recommend using a jerk shad (like the Alabama Leprechaun) because they don’t put off a ton of commotion and won’t spook the fish.
While this was specific to sight casting for redfish, these tactics can be used for most inshore species as well.
And the Slam Shady paddletail catches just about everything!
Do you have any questions about using a paddletail to sight fish?
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