How To Catch More Redfish This Summer (In Coastal Marshes & Creeks)

By: Wyatt Parcel on June 24, 2020
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Want to catch more redfish this summer?

Of course you do!

And to help you do that, we’ve brought back Capt. Jud Brock of EasternAngling.com.

He’s put together an incredible three-part series about how to catch redfish, trout, and flounder in coastal marshes and creeks.

These tips are proven for redfish from Texas to Florida and up to Virginia.

Part one is all about catching redfish in the summer and he’s covering:

  • How (and where) to target redfish on low and high tides
  • The best lures to catch them
  • Where to find bull redfish in the summer
  • And much more

Check out the video below.

P.S. Stay tuned for parts two and three of this series!

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Where To Catch Redfish In The Summer

Capt. Brock has two main game plans for targeting redfish depending on the tide.

If the water is high, he likes to target redfish around:

  • oyster bars
  • shallow dead-ends or coves
  • points in creeks or bays
  • creek mouths

If the water is low, he likes to fish muddy banks near tributaries and creeks (bonus points if there are oyster bars nearby).

These banks usually hold crabs and shrimp that redfish like to feed on.

The fun part about this is that the crustaceans are very close to the bank (usually within a foot of it), so you’ll be able to sight fish to tailing reds here.

The 5 Best Lures For Summer Redfish

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Here are Capt. Brock’s favorite redfish lures for the summer.

Topwater lures

Topwater lures are great search baits.

Redfish are aggressive, so they love hitting topwater lures, but even if you don’t hook up, they’ll often take a swipe at it, or at least swim off and give away their location.

And, contrary to popular belief, Capt. Brock has actually caught them at all times of the day in all conditions, so they’re not just for dawn and dusk.

His favorite types of spots to fish them are over oyster bars at high tide, around creek mouths, and around points.

Click here to learn more about how to use topwater lures.

Spinnerbaits

Spinnerbaits, like the redfish magic, are great lures for dark water.

They have a lot of action and vibration in the water, which attracts fish.

Capt. Brock likes to use them in the same types of spots as topwater lures, and he likes to reel them just fast enough to stay off of the bottom.

Chatterbaits

Capt. Brock uses chatterbaits the same way he uses spinnerbaits.

When the water is murky and the tide is high, a chatterbait is a great option.

Gold spoons

Weedless gold spoons are great for fishing flooded grass at high tide.

Redfish are often around grass foraging for crustaceans and they can’t resist a wobbling spoon going by.

Paddletail

When the water is low, Capt. Brock likes to use a paddletail on a jig head.

Specifically, he likes the Z-Man DieZel MinnowZ in the redbone color rigged on a Texas Eye jig head.

It’s also a good search bait, although it doesn’t have quite the presence that the lures above have.

How To Catch Bull Redfish In The Summer

All the tips above are for redfish in and around the slot, but on the Atlantic Coast from spring through fall, bull redfish are also around.

When targeting these big fish, Capt. Brock likes to use either a Carolina rig with live menhaden or mullet, a mud crab on a bottom sweeper jig, or a large paddletail on a jig head.

He usually finds these fish in water deeper than 12′ around big structures, such as big docks, pilings, bridges, jetties, and rock piles.

Conclusion

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If you fish in coastal marshes or creeks and want to catch more redfish this summer, look for them along the banks during low tide, and around points, creeks mouths, coves, and oyster bars at high tide.

Several lures will work, including topwater lures, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, paddletails, and gold spoons.

Have any questions about catching redfish in the summer?

Let us know in the comments below!

If you’re in North Carolina and want to book a trip with Capt. Brock, you can reach him at EasternAngling.com, check him out on Instagram @judbrockfishing, or tune into his podcast, the Eastern Current Fishing Podcast.

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Troy Hill
4 days ago

Awesome video. Will try these lures along creeks and inlets around Topsail.

Kevin Steinke
5 days ago

Great video. Thank You!

George Layton
7 days ago

Great info I can use next time I’m in South Carolina. Sure am interested in your painting technique for the Spook Jr. Thanks for your time & effort !

Jamie Beadle
9 days ago

Excellent video that has application everywhere, but particularly for us NC/VA anglers. Congrats on the baby Judson!

Steven Thomas
9 days ago

Another great video for us folks up “north”…thanks!