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Top 5 redfish lures for winter fishing
Redfish are a top cold water target of southern inshore saltwater anglers during the winter months. Redfish are popular and sought-after because they stay in the backwaters and school up in tight pods roaming the inside creeks and inlets feasting on small fish, ghost shrimp and crabs.
Redfish hit several types of lures well during the winter. You can often sight-cast to them in the clear, cold water. One thing to remember is to keep the noise down, and many redfish experts "pole" their boats with long poles rather than using trolling motors and anchors that will spook red drum schools.
The other big thing to remember in winter red drum fishing is to retrieve whatever lure you ar using very slowly. Redfish will not chase baits a long way this time of the year and you will often have to drop it near a redfish's nose and use frequent sluggish pauses to entice them to hit. That is one reason sight and scent baits work so well in the winter.
The 3 and 4 inch versions of this powerful scent-releasing lure are deadly on redfish. Fish them on a jig head and work the bait slowly, crawling or hopping it along the bottom. The scent of the bait will attract redfish to the lure. You can also fish them under a popping cork like real shrimp. Just remember to go slow and only pop the lure once every 30 seconds or so.
Gulp! Alive Peeler Crab
The perfect snack for the hungry winter redfish who likes to root the bottom looking for crabs. The crab scent will draw the redfish in, you just need to present the lure on a jig or Carolina rig during a point where the tide is moving pretty well. Fish it around structure, marsh grass and creeks—anywhere blue crabs and fiddler crabs frequent. Redfish will respond enthusiastically.
H&H Lures "The Secret" Redfish Spoon
This weedless spoon is deadly on redfish in cold, clear water. Work it along marsh lines and creek mouths. You can also use it in the surf for red drum. Terrific casting distance and great movement, my favorite redfish spoon.
L&S MirrOlure She Dog
The She Dog is a walk-the-dog redfish plug that adds sound to the mix. The sonic vibrations bring reds to the top. Imitates a big mullet in the winter which larger redfish will often key on as their one meal of the day. If you are into topwater this is the redfish plug to use.
The best pogy body redfish lure, perfect for slow swimming and trolling in the winter. You can also crawl it on the bottom. Scent explosion gives this bait the extra edge and the paddletail pogy body replicates the action of a small menhaden. Just remember to fish it very slow.
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