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Bucket List Spinoff - Redfish #2191749
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Any tips on when, where to go for redfish? Live bait? Cutbait? Artificials?
I know they catch a few Gulf Shores/Orange Beach area. Would love to learn to get on them when I'm vacationing.


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Re: Bucket List Spinoff - Redfish [Re: AC870] #2191759
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If I were at GS/OB I'd contact JayHook or Bobby Abruscato.

Multiple possibilities for Louisiana, depending on where you'll be - east of Nola in Chalmette, for example, or on the way to Venice, or down in Venice, or over toward Lake Charles. If you ever go that way let me know and I'll forward my contacts and/or suggestions.

Have caught reds down there on everything from big topwater knocker popper plugs to shallow crankbaits, swim jigs, chatterbait-style baits. IMO the shallow crankbaits, although fun, should have the trebles' barbs mashed down since they can swallow them. Lot of options.


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Re: Bucket List Spinoff - Redfish [Re: AC870] #2191809
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Are you asking specifically about the OB area? I can't help you there. Clem nailed it. The Louisiana coast is the spot to go for reds. A buddy of mine once stated that there are more reds in the marsh in the spring, but the weather is always more unpredictable then, so he advises planning a fall trip for people seeking shallow water redfish. We usually go in November. With the very mild winter we had last year, they were crushing them in January. We have been going to Grand Isle every year which is a pretty cool place. I would consider it to be Louisiana's version of Dauphin Island. They have a kayak redfishing tournament every year there called "Ride the Bull". I believe the main purpose of it is to catch bull reds for tagging. When we go in November, we're typically chasing slot sized fish for the grill.


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Re: Bucket List Spinoff - Redfish [Re: AC870] #2191886
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You bring the boat and we'll go to LA and catch all you want to.

None of that 1oz tungsten weight punching grass that you hate so much either . grin


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Re: Bucket List Spinoff - Redfish [Re: AC870] #2191887
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Have had great trips in Louisiana to Cocodrie, Golden Meadow and Buras; lots of choices.

Re: Bucket List Spinoff - Redfish [Re: AC870] #2191889
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And to answer your question, if you're a bass fisherman, you're likely to much more enjoy chasing them in the marsh as opposed to anchoring in a pass or setting up off the beach and trying to catch bulls. It's put the trolling motor down and beat the bank type fishing. When you hook an 8-10lb fish in a foot of water and there's only one way he can go...wooo boy!

We typically caught them on spinnnerbaits or swim baits and, if it was tough, we'd throw shrimp under a cork or tightlined. I can't help you for OB or GS, but can certainly give you plenty of waypoints for LA.


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Re: Bucket List Spinoff - Redfish [Re: wew3006] #2191890
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Originally Posted By: wew3006
Have had great trips in Louisiana to Cocodrie, Golden Meadow and Buras; lots of choices.


Cocodrie and Golden Meadow were my stomping grounds as well. thumbup


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Re: Bucket List Spinoff - Redfish [Re: AC870] #2192018
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There are not too many things in this world that I am confident in, but I think I could help you check that off your list. Late October and barring flooding from the North, just drive down and we'll make it happen.

Re: Bucket List Spinoff - Redfish [Re: AC870] #2192038
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just be ready to go about the end of october you can ride down with me and stay with us. just split the gas down there and we will go to fort morgan and catch some bulls. i caught several over 20 last year


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Re: Bucket List Spinoff - Redfish [Re: AC870] #2192070
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We fish out of Buras a couple times a year. Here lately it's been hit or miss on big numbers but we always catch a couple 30+ lb

Re: Bucket List Spinoff - Redfish [Re: AC870] #2192134
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alhawk and Beadlescomb, I very well may take you up on it.
I'd love to get in them.


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Re: Bucket List Spinoff - Redfish [Re: AC870] #2192142
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Originally Posted By: AC870
alhawk and Beadlescomb, I very well may take you up on it.
I'd love to get in them.


the first big one i hooked i just stood there in shock for a few seconds. the power that they have is unreal


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Re: Bucket List Spinoff - Redfish [Re: AC870] #2192307
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Originally Posted By: AC870
Any tips on when, where to go for redfish? Live bait? Cutbait? Artificials?
I know they catch a few Gulf Shores/Orange Beach area. Would love to learn to get on them when I'm vacationing.



If your vacation destination changes to Apalachicola and St George Island in September or October let me know. I know a few good spots that are easily accessible by foot.


Gone fishin. Be back later.
Re: Bucket List Spinoff - Redfish [Re: 3FFarms] #2192382
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And to answer your question, if you're a bass fisherman, you're likely to much more enjoy chasing them in the marsh as opposed to anchoring in a pass or setting up off the beach and trying to catch bulls. It's put the trolling motor down and beat the bank type fishing. When you hook an 8-10lb fish in a foot of water and there's only one way he can go...wooo boy!


This, in spades. Being in a shallow marsh, where you can maybe see them tailing or just the ripples, throwing something like a cocahoe or spinnerbait (bring plenty), a wake bait or something, damn. It's mind-blowing.

The power, yes, from the small to large, is amazing. You don't have to throw 65-pound braid or have broomsticks, but you can't go with half-assed tackle, either IMO. I've fished with my bass rods and 17-pound fluorocarbon but I'd probably not go with less than 14 and don't mind braid at all, like up to 30-pound test (which has the smaller diameter). Just remember to clean the rods and reel with freshwater every day.


The big bulls are fun, and having one explode on a big topwater popper makes your balls tingle. But I'd almost rather catch numbers of smaller ones in the 7-10+ range with consistency than the big ones. They're fun but they can wear you out and take time to get in. But I wouldn't turn them down, of course.

Dang, y'all got me excited for redfish now. I'm gon' to have to get my Whopper Ploppers boxed up and go down there.


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Re: Bucket List Spinoff - Redfish [Re: AC870] #2192397
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I was just thinking Whopper Plopper when you said topwaters.


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Re: Bucket List Spinoff - Redfish [Re: AC870] #2192542
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The big Knucklehead jointed poppers are pretty doggone good, too. When a 30- or 35-inch redfish hits one of those and takes off it's crazy.


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Re: Bucket List Spinoff - Redfish [Re: AC870] #2192595
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I'm not expert at all, but I caught a lot of reds this past May just fishing right in front of my condo in Destin. I caught ladyfish during the day and used them as cut bait at night, and caught lots of reds.

The biggest one I caught was huge, and it was crazy how strong it was. Was very exciting reeling that thing in.

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Tons of redfish inside Pensacola Bay in Novemeber. Just look for the birds.

Re: Bucket List Spinoff - Redfish [Re: AC870] #2193147
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Just a question here...always wonder...and I do it for a living so trust me I'm not knocking bull reds...but why is everyone so enamored with bull reds? They are catch and release anyway. On 30# braid if you know how to apply pressure they can be at the boatside in 2-3 minutes. So why not jack crevalle which will bring folks to their knees on the same tackle?
my college age boys will stand on my bow as we ease up on a school and watch bull reds swim under them hoping to see a cruising jack...
just sayin help me understand...

Re: Bucket List Spinoff - Redfish [Re: JayHook] #2193167
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Originally Posted By: JayHook
Just a question here...always wonder...and I do it for a living so trust me I'm not knocking bull reds...but why is everyone so enamored with bull reds? They are catch and release anyway. On 30# braid if you know how to apply pressure they can be at the boatside in 2-3 minutes. So why not jack crevalle which will bring folks to their knees on the same tackle?
my college age boys will stand on my bow as we ease up on a school and watch bull reds swim under them hoping to see a cruising jack...
just sayin help me understand...



For me, it's because I don't know any better and it's what I've caught most successfully. For someone that has only been able to fish in salt-water on family beach trips, I can catch those and it's exciting.

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