The fishing for Redfish on St Simons Island can be outstanding. This can be said for every state from North Carolina to Louisiana. The Redfish has become one of the most sought out game fish in the Southeast, known for their willingness to attack many different artificial and live baits as well as their ability to put up an amazing fight. The dilemma here is that this is no secret, and has beckoned millions of new anglers, tournament fishermen and guides all over the country to seek the Redfish. Redfish are becoming more wary of the anglers pressuring them and the many types of bait thrown their way. Our last blog talked about our favorite lures for power fishing, which are great tools for searching for Redfish. This article will concentrate on getting those finicky bruisers to eat once you have found them.
A soft plastic that has lost its luster over the years is the basic curly tail grub. I still rely on this lure heavily. I always pin it to a jig head and work tiny, slow, one inch hops. Typically, I use as light a jig head as I can get away with, and still be able to feel the bottom. Once again though, I was proved wrong by a fishing partner that uses nothing but 3/8 oz jigs, and swears by them. He maintains the argument that it is louder, falls quicker, creates a bulkier profile and stirs up more mud. On that day, he was right.
I know we’ve made an obvious omission by leaving out Gulp. This product works very well, and I think most of you are familiar with it. We typically dead stick or work this bait very slowly. Along with scented baits, artificial spray attractants have made huge progress on the saltwater side over the last few years. We don’t use the spray attractants, but we’ve heard they work well, and picked up a bottle of ProCure—just in case. I’ve also heard that Gulp makes a crab scented spray that is working well.
Tip of the blog: Please note that we are not sponsored by any lure manufacturer, so this listing is purely our preferences:
1. Jerk baits: Zoom Superflukes
2. Paddle tails: CAL minnows (DOA); Blurp Sea Shad; Fishbites paddle tail
3. Curly tails: Gotcha Curltail Grubs
4. Jig Heads: Slayer Inc.
5. Worm Hooks: Gamakatsu EWG Monster Worm Hook, 5/0