Top 10 Lures To Catch Redfish (Reddrum)
Mentioning the word Redfish excites anglers from all over the world. The opportunities to catch them on traditional spin tackle as well as fly rods make Redfish a target for all types of fishermen. These beautiful fish can be found all along the southern coast of the United States in impressive numbers.
Redfish often hang out in shallow, clear waters and trying to entice them to take your lure can lead to an entire day of fun. Landing one of these fish via sight fishing is a rewarding experience that anglers never forget.
To land one of these fish, you need to be sure you’re fishing in the correct areas and properly equipped with lures. Remember, they have a bottom facing mouth and generally swim in shallow water so many anglers believe they only feed on the bottom. This isn’t true.
If they’re in the mood to eat, they’ll feast in all levels of the water column. Just remember, using artificial baits is crucial to have the right technique.
If you’re wondering what the best lures for redfish are? Here are our top 10 lures for redfish!
1. Halco Hamma
The Halco Hamma is a wonderful topwater bait to use when targeting a redfish. The clear body and flashy colors make it too much for the redfish to resist. Walk this bait across the top of the water. Redfish can be spooky so be sure you aren’t casting this lure directly on top of the fish.
Cast a bit of a ways past the fish and walk it over the top. Let it pause every once in a while to give the Redfish a chance to strike. These lures will cost you about $15 a piece. They’re versatile and will also catch you fish like Speckled Sea Trout.
Topwater fishing for Redfish is a treat. They’re not always feeding on the top, so take advantage of it when you have the opportunity.
2. Heddon Super Spook Jr.
Similar to the Halco Hamma, you’ll want to walk this lure across the top of the water. It’s not very long, but the 3.5 inch body makes enough noise and causes enough commotion to entice redfish to strike. This bait works year round and is great to use when there are quite a few bait fish around.
Walking the dog can take a bit of time to perfect. You want to achieve side-to-side action so the surface is disrupted enough to gain the attention of the fish. Take time to practice and the more fluent it becomes, the more strikes you’ll receive. This lure will run you about $8 per piece.
3. Livetarget Rigged Shrimp
The Livetarget Rigged Shrimp is another versatile option to keep in your tackle box. This impressive shrimp imitation will catch many types of fish. There is a small rattle within the shrimp that makes enough noise for predators to notice. You’ll find these between three and four inches weighing around a ½ ounce.
You can tie this directly on to your line or on to a popping cork. Check out this article to help you learn the best ways to fish a popping cork.
A four pack of these will cost you around $13. You can never go wrong carrying a few of these around in your box. You never know when you’ll need a shrimp imitation.
4. Rapala Skitterwalk
The Skitterwalk is another must have for topwater fishing. The small rattle on the inside combined with the disruption of the water is hard to find in any other lure. This ¼ ounce lure is everything you need for a topwater Redfish bite.
When fishing these types of lures, it’s not uncommon for Redfish to swipe and miss the first time. This isn’t a time to pause your retrieve.
Many anglers think the fish want the lure for the aesthetic. The fish want the lure because of the action it has. Keep the same pace and retrieval style and chances are the fish will be back to strike. This lure will cost you about $9.
5. Johnson Silver Minnow
The Johnson Silver Minnow is a staple in saltwater fishing. It’s a weedless spoon so it’s great to fish in areas of heavy vegetation. The weight is nice for casting long distances and you don’t need any special skill to manipulate it. A simple cast and reel gives you all of the action you may ever need.
The main issue comes with your retrieval speed. If you are too slow, it won’t wobble enough and if it’s too fast you’ll lose the necessary wobble.
Do some practicing and you’ll find the perfect speed. These lures will cost you around $5 a piece. You can’t ever go wrong with a Johnson minnow!
6. Cordell Jointed Red Fin
The Cordell Jointed Red Fin is a subsurface lure that acts exactly like a baitfish. The more you reel, the deeper it dives, but as soon as you stop, it will rise to the surface. It works great when you are trying to get Redfish to chase your lures.
Fish this five inch lure at a variety of paces. Don’t be afraid to mix in some pauses and jerks. There is a small bead inside the lure that the Redfish also enjoy. You won’t have any trouble catching fish when you use the Cordell Jointed Red Fin.
It has a segmented body and is hard for the Redfish to turn down. This lure will cost you around $6 a piece.
7. Bomber Saltwater Grade
The Bomber Saltwater Grade is a slow sinker Mullet imitation. It’s a bit heavier weighing in a ⅝ ounce. You can fish this bait in one of two ways.
The first option is to do a traditional walk the dog style. It also can imitate a dying baitfish depending on the speed at which you retrieve.
The heavier weight allows for longer casts. These longer casts are useful when targeting Redfish. They often sit in cleaner bodies of water so it’s best to stay as far out of their way as possible.
Remember, don’t cast right on top of them! They need room to work. This lure will cost you around $7 a piece.
8. Rattlin Saltwater Chug Bug
This is another great versatile bait. The Chug Bug is world famous when it comes to saltwater poppers. It has a rattle and the tail is a bit weighted so you can have some serious casting distance with this lure.
Poppers are fished with a strong jerk, pause and another strong jerk. It doesn’t take long for the Redfish to strike this lure. If it doesn’t work within the first few minutes, don’t be afraid to switch to something else. This lure will cost you around $9.
9. Egret’s Wedgetail Mullet
Egret’s Wedgetail Mullet is a wonderful soft plastic to throw at Redfish. You can tie one of these under a popping cork or place it on a drop shot rig. Let the weight sit on the bottom and tie on a short enough leader so the Wedgetail is also stays near the bottom.
Red fish often feed near the bottom. As tempting as it may be to throw topwater, don’t forget about keeping your bait lower in the water column. They’re finicky fish, so the more methods you are able to try, the better.
10. Popping Cork
While this isn’t technically a lure, it needs to be mentioned. Popping Corks are great choices to use when the water is a bit dirtier or you need more action on your bait. It acts as a bobber, but provides more topwater sound. If you’re fishing live bait or soft plastic imitations, it’s a great attractant.
Go Catch Some Redfish!
Throw the popping cork to the place where you would like your bait to sit. Make sure your leader is the correct length so the bait is in the proper place in the water column. Once in the correct position, give it a few strong jerks to let the fish know of its placement. These are simple to set up and always productive!