Redfish Fishing


In this article I talk about redfish fishing from the basics, what redfish is, where and how you can catch it and I also share with you super cool fishing techniques used by pros. Wish you a lot of great redfish fishing experiences.

Description: Let’s talk about redfish fishing basics. Refish, also known as the red drum, is a salt water fish. You can recognize it by the black spot on their tails. Redfish have blunt nose, a chin without barbels and a wide undercut mouth. They are a reddish copper and bronze color on their body in dark water , with lighter shades in clear waters. The underside and belly is pure white. They have from one to as many fifty spots at base of their tail and very rarely no spots at all.

Where to fish: The best place for redfish fishing is the southern USA. Young fish called juveniles are inshore fish, inhabiting bays, river and creeks. They particularly like creeks with oyster beds. They migrate out of the estuaries when they reach about four years of age and about thirty inches in length. They then join the spawning population offshore.

Size: Redfish are big bruisers that can tear your light tackle up in short order. Catches of twenty pounds and up are not only common, they are the rule in many areas. Almost all of these fish are larger than the particular state’s regulations and they must be released. But fight they do, and fun they are! Redfish fishing is such a fun.

Tackle: Light to medium spinning or casting tackle with fifteen to twenty pound test line is sufficient for most redfish applications. Reds will readily hit artificials such as plastic grubs and topwaters, but are more frequently caught using live or dead bait. Terminal tackle consists of a standard bottom fishing rig with sinker, swivel, leader and 5/0 hook

Bait: Live bait, such as small blue crabs or half a larger blue crab work well on the bottom. Live shrimp or mud minnows work as well. If you can find a live mullet – and they have not arrived yet – that mullet won’t last long on the bottom. Artificial baits like jigs and crankbaits work very well on these monsters. Just make sure the hooks on your lure are changed to a heavy duty treble, or you will end up with a missed fish and bent treble hooks.

Redfish fishing techniques: Ok, let’s move on to the refish fishing techniques. Red drum or redfish can be caught in many ways. Probably the most widely utilized technique for fishing redfish is to anchor along a channel edge or shoal and bottom fish with cut peeler crab bait or other baits including, squid, cut spot, live spot and even chicken breast soaked in peeler crab oil. These are all excellent techniques.

In the Virginia, in areas like Pocomoke and Tangier Sounds, anglers usually look for a somewhat sharp drop and anchor so that the boat lies on the slope of the channel. This depth is only a starting point and can vary greatly.

Many anglers prefer to fish a window of opportunity that includes the last 2 hours of the incoming current and the first 2 hours of the outgoing. If this coincides with dusk, the fishing is more likely to be good.

Other techniques for catching Virginia and Chesapeake Bay redfish include trolling large spoons in the lower bay areas.

Surf fishing is a popular way to catch Virginia redfish. Along the Atlantic beaches and around Virginia barrier islands, anglers use a fish finder or other rig and fish with baits such as whole spot, spot fillets or heads, mullet, bluefish fillets, crabs, shrimp or other baits. There are numerous methods in redfish fishing.