Wading For Redfish: Best Tactics, Tackle, & Tips (With Wader Dave)
There’s not much that beats the simplicity of wade fishing!
And when you are targeting big redfish in shallow water it’s the way to go.
So we teamed up with our very own Wader Dave to bring you some of the best tips for targeting redfish while wade fishing.
In this video, you’ll learn how to choose the best spots, which lures work best, and how to retrieve for the most strikes.
Check it out below!
Wade Fishing For Redfish [VIDEO]
When you are wading for redfish, you want to look for sandy pothole areas that are connected to marshes.
Here you are going to have the best chance at finding a good outflow of bait.
Redfish will typically position themselves just on the outside of the marsh and wait for the baitfish to either flow out with the tide or get pushed out by the wind.
All you have to do is find the shorelines that lead up to the marsh and follow it.
These spots will typically be holding the bigger fish, especially if there is seagrass or oysters around.
There are really only two types of lures you need when wade fishing for redfish.
One is the paddletail to be your search bait.
And the other is a jerk shad to use after you know where the fish are feeding.
Here are the lures that Dave and I were using to catch big redfish:
A paddletail in a lighter color like the white Slam Shady works in a wide variety of areas and works great in both clean and dirty water.
After you’ve found the fish, a darker jerk shad with some sparkle or flash will attract the fish very quickly if presented correctly.
Twitch, twitch, pause.
Twitch, twitch, pause.
This is how I retrieve the jerk shad once I’ve dialed in the location of the fish.
It presents as a smaller baitfish with erratic, darting action that predator fish cannot resist.
When I’m using the paddletail as a search bait, I like a constant retrieve with short pauses and typically you’ll get that strike on the pause.
As you work the paddletail while wading, you can really sneak up on the fish without worrying too much about spooking them and that’s why wade fishing is so effective if you want to catch big fish.
You can find many more wade fishing tips in our Wade Fishing Mastery Course by Wader Dave, and also be sure to check out the Spots Mastery Course that teaches you how to scout for fish by analyzing trends using satellite maps.
Wade fishing is an excellent way to get on some big redfish with minimal resources.
You don’t need a lot of gear or a boat to start wade fishing.
You’ll just need to know how to find the fish, what tackle you need to bring, and how to use it.
Are you planning to wade fish for redfish this year?
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