How to Catch Redfish
The tides can greatly affect where and how redfish will be feeding on any given day. Inshore, the tides play a huge role. With a falling tide, you may find some tailing redfish feeding on a flat. That same flat might not even have water on it at the bottom of the low tide. Understanding the tides and how it helps to position bait fish and then the redfish is key to catching more redfish inshore.
The time of day can definitely affect the redfish bite. The morning and evening will usually provide better fishing opportunities, however, the bite can also be very good during the middle of the day during the tidal changes.
The time of year can definitely affect the fishing. There will always be some redfish inshore throughout the seasons. The fishing can be more difficult during the colder weather during the winter months, but from spring through fall, you can find redfish feeding somewhere.
Redfish are found inshore year-round. There are times when the bigger bull redfish will move offshore, however, there will always be some redfish that live in the inshore waters throughout the seasons. We have a lot of good information on many of the areas that will provide better fishing for redfish when you’re looking for them in the inshore waters.
If you don’t have access to a boat, the piers may be your best chance to catch a trophy redfish. The piers tend to offer better fishing during a tidal change. Combine a tidal change with lowlight conditions during the morning or evening and you should have a better chance to catch some redfish off of the piers. Depending on how crowded the piers are, you may not be able to cast lures up and down the pier. Fishing with shrimp, live bait fish or cut bait on the bottom is how most anglers catch redfish from the piers.
Redfish can be caught from the surf, although, it is much more common to target redfish in the bays, on the flats or back in the creeks. If you are planning on fishing for redfish in the surf, there are some things you can do to increase your chances of catching some fish. Tidal changes provide better fishing and most anglers would agree that an incoming tide is better than an outgoing tide for surf fishing. Lowlight conditions combined with a tidal change will also help to improve the fishing. The cuts and troughs usually hold most of the fish along the surf and this is definitely the case for redfish. Live baits, cut baits and artificial lures will all work for redfish along the surf.
Redfish are primarily an inshore fish. Redfish can be found offshore around the reefs and wrecks, but most anglers target these fish inshore. During the spawn, redfish will move offshore in large schools. If you can find these schools of redfish offshore, you can experience some excellent fishing, especially for the big bull redfish.
Redfish typically spawn from late summer through fall. Big bull redfish can be found in large schools in the passes, in the lagoons and offshore on the reefs and wrecks. In shallow water, you can sight fish for these large schools of redfish. Around the passes, you may be fishing anywhere from 15 to 30 feet deep and if you time it right, you could catch 20 or more big redfish in one day. Most anglers don’t target redfish offshore, but you can also find big schools of redfish on the reefs and wrecks.