How To Start Fishing For Redfish In Florida

Florida reds live in coastal, estuarine, and bays areas. The fish range from 1 to 2 pounds, but most weigh 5 to 6 pounds. The redfish is freshwater fish, but it can also live in brackish waters like lakes and marshes. And it’s the fastest of the lot. Red fishing all work fast. Enjoy today fishing for redfish in Florida.

Redfish fishing is depending on the size of your boat and your skill level, you can choose to fish a lot or very little. The average red is about 4 pounds, and when you bring them to the boat, they will be on the small side. You’ll probably want to catch the largest ones you can when you go red fishing.
When you’re driving along the coast, keep your eyes on the surface. When you see a red hit the water, you should cut the motors immediately. You’ll have to wait a few minutes until they recover. But be patient. You might get a small bite if you keep your motor running while you wait. Once they settle, you’re ready to catch them.

Making a Casting Pattern

The key to catching reds is knowing their habits and being ready to hit when you see a school come into view. You can use the same pattern every time. The main thing is to know what it is you’re targeting.
Your first cast is when you first spot a school of reds. These are the easiest fish to catch and will most likely be the biggest ones you catch. To catch reds, you must always move. Keep your motor running so you can see when they’re in range. Once you see the school, make your first cast at the center of the school. Your second cast should be to one side of the school, and you’re third to the other.
When you’re satisfied that you have gotten your casting pattern right, you’re ready to throw a cast. It is where it gets a little more complicated. When you’re ready to throw your cast, move from your driver’s seat to the center of the boat.
Once you get comfortable standing in the center of the boat, you’re ready to start your cast. Keep your rod held at a 90-degree angle. Always point the rod up and slightly back. When you start your cast, keep your hand tight on the handle.
If your bait is big, like squid, use a twisting motion. When you release your bait, your hook should be right on the tail. When you feel the fish swim up, use a light stop.
Your cast should be vertical. Your cast should end up on the same side. Never release a fish and backcast to the side you just cast. It is illegal, and you’ll get yelled at all. Keep your speed controlled. If you start throwing fast, you’ll throw off your fish.
When you think you’ve got the right speed, you’ve got to put that worm on the hook. That is the essential part of the casting. You don’t want to put too much weight on the line/you’ll break the line. The bottom of the hook should be about an inch from the back of the eye.
Once you’ve got your worm on the hook, you’ve got to get him into the fish. You’ve got to work the fish to get him into the boat.
Once you’ve got him, there’s no graceful way to get him into the boat. You’ll have to lay the rod down on the dock. Start reeling the fish in. The trick is to keep your hand light. Keep your hand just barely off the rod. A little extra tension here and there is all it takes. Keep reeling the fish up. There is no other way to land the redfish than to grab him with your hand. Once you’ve got the fish in the boat, you’re ready to go to work.

Hooks and Lures

The type of hook you use will depend on what you’re going to catch. If you’re after the spot reds, all you need is a bait hook cut. But if you’re going for the big reds, there’s a lot more to think about this.
When targeting big reds, a silver/gold wire leader or a mono leader is best. The problem with a mono leader is that you don’t have the option to use a hook. You have to use the wire.
A good rule of thumb is always to have your hook, leader, and sinker on the same hook. If your leader does not have hooks of equal height, the fish will remain unbalanced. The hooks have to be identical for this to work.


Lures are also a big part of fishing for reds. Reds tend to flatten the bottom in areas that are rock hard. The flats and points will be the first places a fish will look. So, lures that “crush” the bottom are a must.
Anglers should try and use lures that are easy for them to fish and catch. Bouncing lures or spinnerbaits will work well.
Once the fish get used to the lures being around, they’ll be more likely to strike.
While you’re using lures, you must fish where the fish are. If you fish the point of a point, they’ll know it’s a redfish spot and stay there. You’ll have to fish the area you fish the most and the most often.
By fishing the same spots over and over, you’ll have the fish there to eat your lures. I know it’s not the most exciting thing in the world, but it’s necessary if you want to be successful.
When I was fish with a group of people, I would often go to the most productive areas and wait until everyone was there. If one person catches a redfish, I will then pick a new area and wait for everyone to show up so we can all work together.
The other area I’ll fish is where everyone will fish. I’ll have a different lure for each area. You don’t have to be superstitious, but some people are, and you don’t want to be one of them.


Trolling for reds isn’t that difficult, but it does take practice. You have to go with the flow. They’ll come up under the boat, pull the plug, and go back down. They have short memories, and you have to work fast.
With trolling, you will catch mostly channel and mangrove redfish. You will catch a few flounders, too. Trolling also does a great job of providing you with some flounder if you want to.
There are two ways you can troll. One way is to troll right up to the fish. I like that because it’s easy to try and get the fish off the boat. However, when you’re fishing with a group, you can drag the boat over the fish and then try to fish them from there.
Trolling the flats also helps you catch a few smaller trout. They will be in the same areas as the reds and will also be hunting the shrimp.
If you want to catch redfish, you have to make it an easy day. There’s plenty of good spots to fish, so you don’t need to spend all day trying to find new ones. Just pick one area and go there.
There are also some excellent flounder fishing spots. Find a flounder with the trollers, and you might end up catching some flounder as well.
There are also some hard-fighting slot-size redfish that will be at the bottom. These will be hanging out on the sandy bottom, so make sure to use a different lure than the others.
The heat will take its toll on them, but once you get them down in shallow water, you will find them fighting hard, and they will make for a great dinner.


This past week has been my favorite for many years. First off, we had blue-green algae, which caused a lot of redfish fishing in the North Florida area. I’ve caught between twenty and thirty of them this week, and you never know when you may not catch a fish, especially a nice one. The water was clear, very clean, and fish were everywhere.
However, the redfish have left the panhandle area. The number of anglers has not been the best either. There have been many private boats working the Panhandle area trying to get fish to eat, but it is challenging when there are hundreds of people fishing in the same areas that you are. I do know that there is a lot of fish left in the rivers.
When the redfish leave the area, the redfish that were in them become extra big. These had happened in the past when these were moved and left their spawn. I believe we will see some monster redfish coming out of the rivers and back into the mouths of the rivers because we have not seen any for months. I hope you enjoy the fishing for redfish in Florida.

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