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. It 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.
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. A 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. The 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.
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. 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. While 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.
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