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Five More Lures Redfish Can’t Resist

March-2015

The March 2015 edition of the Fisherman’s Journal was released today along with my “Five More Lures Redfish Can’t Resist” article. You read it and other articles by clicking the magazine cover above or you can read it below.


Five More Lures Redfish Can’t Resist


Last year I wrote an article titled “Five Must Have Lures for Spring Time Reds” where I discussed my five favorite redfish lures. While writing the article was easy, limiting myself to choosing no more than five proved to be difficult. Several lures that I carry with me on each trip were left out, even though they are used quiet often. To make sure the majority of the lures I use are covered, I have decided to release Redfish lures version 2.0. Listed below are five more lures that redfish can’t seem to resist.

Strike Pro Hunchback

The Strike Pro Hunchback has quickly become one of my “go to” top water baits around shallow patches of shell. Similar in many ways to the Manns-1 minus from my previous article, the Hunchback only dives a half inch below the surface of the water creating a small wake while being retrieved. IMG_4857It contains a loud rattle that will help fish locate it, and gives off great vibration as it wobbles back and forth. This is a great lure for small children and beginners to use that are unable to “walk the dog” properly with a She Dog or Skitterwalk because a slow, and steady retrieve is all that is required to work it properly. Because this lure only dives a ½” below the surface, you don’t have to worry about constantly hanging up on clumps of oyster or grass. The Hunchback comes in a variety of colors and is available in three different lengths, giving you a little variety when choosing your size.

Gold Spoon

Ask any old salt their “go to” lure to catch a redfish and you’re sure to hear the words “Gold Spoon” come out of their mouth. Dating back to as early as the 1840s, fishing spoons have been around for a long time and very little has changed about them over all these years. Photo Mar 04, 9 21 30 PMA gold spoon is one of those “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” type baits that has been catching fish long before any of us were born, and is still catching them today. Although certain companies have made minor adjustments over time, most spoons will have an oval shape that is concave on one side, causing it to catch water as it is retrieved. As the spoon catches water, it “wobbles” back and forth and catches light from the sun producing tiny flashes in the water. Gold spoons are available in just about any size you can think of, and can be fished in a variety of ways to entice a strike. I normally stick with a simple Johnson Original Sprite in the 2 ¼” size.

Redfish Spinner Bait

If you’re making the transition from freshwater to saltwater, then a redfish spinner bait might be the perfect lure to start with. Bass fishermen started using them in the early 1900s with great success before saltwater guys modified them slightly to catch redfish. Photo Mar 04, 9 22 18 PMThe main difference between the two baits is that most freshwater spinner baits come with a skirt, while redfish spinner baits will have a paddle or curl tail soft plastic. Redfish spinner baits are a favorite of mine because the vibration and flash you get from the blade(s) takes a plain old soft plastic to a whole new level. Depending on your speed, you can fish the lure low and slow or near the surface with a faster retrieve. You can also replace the soft plastic with your favorite Gulp to add a little scent to the vibration and flash, making the redfish spinner bait a deadly lure. The Bomber Saltwater Grade Redfish Flasher is my favorite spinner bait. They use a strong, saltwater grade wire that is double wrapped at all contact points to make sure you don’t lost a fish due to lure malfunction. They come in a ½ oz. and ¼ oz. size giving you the option to go deep or stay shallow.

Hydra Bugg

If you read my first lures article, you’re probably thinking to yourself, “He already listed this lure”. While it may seem that way, this Bugg is completely different from the Beastie Bugg I mentioned previously. The Hydra Bugg is larger in size, and tied on a round jig head that gives it a much faster sink rate than previous Buggs.IMG_4868 It also comes equipped with two small air tight plastic chambers consisting of three steel BBs each that create a soft clicking noise that imitates the sound made by fleeing shrimp. It comes with a nice long 4” curl tail that gives it great action during a steady retrieve or while being bounced along the bottom. This larger Bugg works well as search bait if you’re blind casting a flat or drain, but still gets the job done when you need to sight cast a fish in the shallows. The lure is available in eleven different colors, with the option to switch out the tail with one of fifteen colors, giving you total control of the color combination you desire. Not to worry; it still comes standard with plenty of bunny fur like the others, giving it a realistic look once it enters the water. You can check this unique style of bait out at http://www.buggs-fishing-lures.com

Super Spook Jr.

The Super Spook Jr. is another classic inshore saltwater bait for both redfish and trout. Many anglers will tell you that it is their favorite topwater to throw whether they are fishing the surf for trout or stalking reds on the flats. Photo Mar 04, 9 20 56 PMWhile I like throwing She Dogs and She Pups on most days, I’ll change to a Super Spook Jr. when fishing really calm, shallow water. The main reason is because the shallower the water gets the spookier the fish get, especially if the wind decides to lay low. The SSJR is smaller in size and creates less noise than most of the other topwaters out there, making it less likely to spook a fish, and more likely to draw them in for a strike.

As far as my redfish tackle goes, these five lures, plus the previous five mentioned cover just about everything I carry. I’m sure I carry less than some, and more than others, but these ten lures give me the option to tackle any situation I might run into on the water.

To read the first article, click the link below

Five Must Have Lures for Spring Time Reds

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Topwater Reds in December

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So far this year we’ve had an exceptionally mild winter here in Texas making fishing during the months of November and December outstanding. The redfish are still following the same patterns they were during September and October with the exception of no big schools roaming the marsh.

I got a late start today and didn’t get to the launch until about 11 o’ clock.  I wasn’t going to be able to stay out to long but wanted to get a quick trip in to get me a redfish fix for the week.  The weatherman had predicted winds around 15-20 mph hour out of the SE today and for once he was right on the money.

I headed into the marsh and made two stops to fish a couple of deeper channels that had been holding fish during the last few trips but neither area produced any bites.  The tide had just bottomed out and the wind didn’t have enough east in it to create a good wind driven current so I left them and continued pushing deeper into the marsh.  The sun was directly overhead with very little cloud cover so I decided to focus my efforts on the shallow patches of mud and shell in hopes that the reds would be doing a little sun bathing.

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After a short paddle to the far side of the lake I set up for a drift and grabbed my rod with the Strike Pro Hunchback.  I started fan casting the area by throwing along the edges of the shell or towards the small pot holes in the middle.  There were plenty of 3-5 inch mullet making low, fast jumps along the edges of the shell so anytime one of them went airborne I would cast in their direction.  It only took about 30 minutes to catch my limit with numerous blowups that missed along with plenty of fish that would follow my hunchback all the way to the kayak before turning away.  In the video below I had a decent little blow up that didn’t quiet connect with my lure.  I gave it a few twitches and pauses to make the fish think it had injured my bait and right before I made it back to the kayak he committed and took the bait.

It probably would have been a good day to throw the She Dog or She Pup for a slower more wounded appearance but the Hunchback was on and I didn’t feel like changing out.  With the lack of tide movement the fish seemed pretty lazy throughout the day.  While drifting across the lake I saw dozens of mud boils where I had spooked fish that had been soaking up the sun.

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After my third fish I headed back to the truck, loaded up, and was on the road by 1:15.  It was a really quick trip but should hold me over until my Christmas break which starts this Friday around noon.  I’ll have a nice 2 week break from work to spend time with friends, family, and maybe even get a few fishing trips in.

 

Conditions:

Wind: 15-20 mph from the SE

Weather: Mid 70s with sunny skies.

Tides: Slack

Bottom: Mud & Shell

Depth: Elevated patches of shell that were a foot deep that were 2-3 feet deep around the edges

Lures: Strike Pro Hunchback (purple and yellow)

Rod: 6′ 9″ Hook Spit Pitch Fork

Reel: Shimano Citica

Kayak: Jackson Cuda 14

Paddle: 250 cm Werner Cyrpus: Hooked

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Specks and Reds (7-2-14)

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Grant and I had a pretty good day of trout fishing with a few reds thrown in the mix.  It had been a while since we’d had a chance to get together to chase fish so with Grant just getting back from a week in the Bahamas, a trip together was long overdue.  We decided to head down to the Matagorda area since we hadn’t been in a while.  We met up at 5:30 am, unloaded the kayaks, and launched into the dark.  We made our way to the first area we planned to fish and found plenty of trout.  They had bait pushed up against a wind blown shoreline and were constantly darting through which sent them scattering in every direction.  We both started off by throwing topwaters with a few blowups that didn’t connect.  I switched over to one of my new Hydra Buggs and immediately hooked up with a solid 18 inch speck.  Grant was needing to restock the freezer so on the stringer it went.  I picked up another couple trout in the same area and all of a sudden they were gone.  Grant landed a couple trout as well on his Skitterwalk and we decided to move into a small cove since the trout bite had died.  I spotted a few reds crawling through a combination of grass and moss so I decided to see if I could pick a few of them off while Grant stayed in slightly deeper water.  Sight casting the reds was more difficult than usual because as soon as the lure hit the water it was covered in the moss.  I managed to pick up two reds by casting past the grass/moss and burning the Hydra Bugg past the fish and hoping for a reaction strike.  Grant managed a couple of reds and lost a another trout or two as well.  We decided to try our luck in slightly deeper water to work a few reefs for trout again.  At this point Grant could do no wrong and I could not do right.  He had plenty of blowups and landed another five specks up to 23″ while I couldn’t even get a nibble on my She Dog or Hunchback.  We ended the day with a combined 10 trout between 17 and 23 inches and four reds in the lower to mid slot.  All of Grant’s fish came on his Pink Skitterwalk while mine came on a Chained Beast Hydra Bugg with a white tail.  I also tried a Bone colored She Dog and ate-o-ate colored Hunchback with no takers.  It was a fun day on the water with a nice meat haul for Grant.

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