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Question by small game sportsman. Uploaded on November 21, 2012
If you are talking about bait, live fresh crabs are high on my list for red drum. Remove the legs and top shell with needle nose pliers. They give of a very strong scent that really attracts red drum.
I like fishing for redfish around structure like piers, bridges, docks, and jetties these are great places to fish . Many guys today use the Gulp lures to great effect as they trigger both sight and scent reactions in hungry redfish.I usually fish them on 3/8 or 1/4 ounce jig heads just off the bottom. I have also fished them on a Carolina rigs or even under popping corks.
Live baits such as shrimp, shiners, ely, crabs, small croakers and crabs all are good for reds under most conditions. I like using crabs or croakers off the Dixie Bar at Fort Morgan for bull reds. Jigs, also work well under certain conditions. I even have home made one ounce jig heads with home made three inch soft plastic shrimp shape and color tails that I use for bull reds around the rock jetties at Alabama Point because you need the extra weight to work the current there. I have caught reds that were finning in the shallows using spinner baits and top water lures such as spooks. I have fished at night off a pier with under water lights near Fort Morgan using 1/2 once jig heads and white natural pork rind tails instead of soft plastic and catch a lot of spots and rats. I have caught a lot of reds at the Big Mouth between Mobile Bay and Weeks Bay on plain old cut bait. By the way, the fillets off a small hard head catfish seem to be one of the best cut baits I have ever found for reds. Just remember that some years back the demand for blackened redfish caused an over fishing situation for the species and as a result strick size and creel limits were imposed in most areas.
Santa is the MAN. As far as live bait, I had great luck with live shrimp and shiners. These typically sit on the bottm with a Carolina rig. Santa covered all the great artificials.
Santa covered it, in, out, up, down and sideways.
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