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Wednesday, 25 September 2013 21:31

Hot RedFish Fishing

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We at Shotem and Caughtem have learned that a great coastal fishing target right now is the Redfish.  They make a delicious meal and from the reports it is a great time to go out and catch the tasty devils.

When catching bait for the day, the predawn hour is best for getting a mixture of greenbacks and pinfish. The small fry bait that was everywhere a month ago has increased in size. A quarter-inch mesh cast net will fill the live well without having the "Christmas tree" look. By chumming in water around 8 feet deep, larger sardines will also be mixed in. Another option is purchasing the few select-sized shrimp that bait shops have available.

The redfish bite has been very productive just before the full and new moons that have the higher tides. Larger fish in the 30-inch-plus range are showing up in the shallow grass flats to feed before the late-September spawn. These breeder-size fish will hold along the islands of the Intracoastal Waterway with deep water access. Large potholes and ditches will hold a surplus diet of pinfish and small stone crabs that these game fish gorge on. Anglers using a big shrimp or tail-hooked bait under a cork will attract the attention of cruising fish. Copper and gold spoons are great for covering a wide area searching for fish.

Let us know your tricks in the comment section below and as always post your photos to the galleries and tell us your story.