Friday, December 3, 2021

Three Tips to Catch Redfish Like A Professional!

Follow the Fish

Photos by Captain Brandon Acosta

For those of us who love the thrill of the fight, redfish is a great fish to catch in the 10,000 Islands. They aren’t particularly difficult to catch, but present enough of a challenge that they will thrill beginners and experts alike. They are also highly adaptive and go where the food is, so you don’t have to travel too far out to find them. It’s a perfect fish for an exciting morning catch. If you’ve never tried fishing for redfish or you’re simply just looking to up your game, here are three tips to help you catch redfish like a pro! 

Tip #1: Choose the Right Bait 

Redfish are pretty voracious eaters and have a diverse diet, so there are a lot of bait options. However, you should choose your bait based on the conditions of the water. In murky water, use cut bait. Redfish don’t have great eyesight in murky water, but they have a strong sense of smell. So cut bait will definitely lure them in. The opposite is true in clear water, they’ll rely more on their vision, so using live bait or bright colored artificial can get their attention. Redfish also love crabs including fiddler crab, blue crab, and mud crabs, so feel free to try these as well. 

Photos by Captain Brandon Acosta

Tip #2: Use A Circle Hook When Fishing cut or Live Bait 

Redfish are quick strikers. They’ll grab the food and run off before you can say “go.” Considering their strike, a circle hook is the best means to catch them. Our favorite part is often they strike so quickly the hook practically sets itself!  

Tip #3: Look for The Tails If Sight Fishing is Enticing to You 

Experienced fishermen have heard the phrase, “tailing redfish.” That’s because spotting their tail flicking around the surface of the water is the best way to spot them. Redfish are bottom feeders and will migrate into the estuaries, lagoons, and shallow flats around the 10,000 islands to hunt for crabs. Since they are usually foraging in shallow water nose down, you can often see their tails dancing along the top of the water when they are chasing a tasty morsel. 

These three tips will help ensure that you have a great fishing day. For more tips and advice on how to catch the fish around the 10,000 Islands area, check back in with Coastal Breeze News. We love helping fishermen explore the great fishing in our local area and offer tons of tips and tricks to make sure you have a successful day out on the water. 

Keep in mind that if you are interested in learning more about fishing in our area, it’s best to hire a professional guide before going out on your own to gain local knowledge of tackle, baits, areas to fish, local regulations, and more. Send us an email or give us a call to schedule an “on the water” educational fishing charter. Our specialty is getting families out for an enjoyable and memorable day in the shallow… We can be reached at 239-571-1756 or 

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