Dead Sticking Tactics For Redfish (Using Gulp Soft Plastics)
Do you ever find yourself surrounded by redfish but you just can’t seem to get them to bite?
Or perhaps you just have that gut feeling that there have to be fish in the area due to bait activity, birds, mud boils, etc?
The answer to this problem may be in your lure presentation (assuming that you are using soft plastics).
If that’s the case, it may be time to slow your lure presentation down…..WAY down!
As in all the way to the point of doing absolutely nothing.
Because there are so many time that a fish just don’t want to chase down their prey.
It’s much easier to be swimming along, pick up on a scent, track it down, and have an easy meal (very similar to fishing with cut bait).
Perhaps you may have tossed out a soft plastic, became distracted and set your rod down to do something.
When you picked your rod back up, the line was tight with a fish on!
Or your rod was taken overboard on an unexpected bite… or perhaps that has only happened to me (click to see a trout steal my fishing rod).
This technique is called Dead Sticking (or Deadsticking).
What Is Dead Sticking?
Dead sticking is when your lure remains motionless on the bottom (dead) and you don’t move your rod or give the lure any action (similar to soaking cut bait for redfish).
This requires almost zero effort from the angler, aside from casting, and can be a very effective way to hook up on some redfish.
All you have to do is cast out a smelly soft plastic of your choice (I prefer Berkley Gulp baits due to their potent scent), and let it soak.
Adding scent to your soft plastics, such as Pro-Cure Super Gel, can be done to any baits that you may have that need any extra stink to attract those fish.
Where you cast your lure and let it sit is a key factor in being successful when using this technique.
Here are three of the best places to try dead sticking your lure:
- The edges of grass
- Around mullet/bait schools
The reason for this is because these are prime areas for redfish to be hanging out and/or traveling around.
Also, if you are sight casting to schools of redfish, this can be a great way to get them to bite without spooking the school by retrieving your lure.
Figure out the direction the school is heading, make a cast at least 10-15 feet ahead of the school, and let the fish do the work!
Aside from redfish schools, this technique can be deadly for schools of black drum as well.
Typically, black drum aren’t lure chasers and they feed primarily on the bottom as redfish do (and black drum love a smelly treat sitting on the bottom so this tactic works great).
Black Drum Caught From a School “Deadsticking” a Gulp Shrimp
On a side note, this technique is BANNED from a lot of inshore artificial-only tournaments. If fishing any of these tournaments, be sure to check the rules!
In the following video, I will be discussing more regarding this technique of dead sticking for redfish (and other inshore fish).
You will also see some pretty awesome footage of this technique in action!
Dead Sticking For Redfish [VIDEO]
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Every once in a while, retrieving an artificial lure can hurt your chances of hooking up with a redfish (or other inshore fish).
Yep, sometimes it pays to SLOW your lure down to a complete standstill and let it soak (aka Dead Sticking).
This is most effective when using a scented soft plastic and casting it near or on the edge of a pothole or grass flat.
But as you can see in the video above, this truly does work for redfish, black drum, and even snook and trout.
Note: This is ILLEGAL in some inshore fishing tournaments so always check the rules of your tournament.
Do you have any tips on dead sticking bait for redfish?
Let us know in the comments.
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