Redfish dominate the surf and anyone who catches reds would have to be a redfish. redfish are definitely a strong fish at all depths in the water, but they can also out swim anything else with their speed. red fishing is very simple, you just need certain equipment (which I will include soon), and it’s best if you do it on a calm day. red fishing requires patience, which means that red fishing will take longer than other fishing techniques such as fluke or stripers (flathead catfish and striped bass respectively).
Find redfish: finding redfish doesn’t require much effort – they’re everywhere! when live-lining for weakfish or bluefishing hold up your rod. Redfish will either take your bait or swallow it. Redfishing is almost foolproof because redfish are everywhere in the ocean and red fishing requires no special skills (other than patience).
Hooks: redfish can be caught on pretty much any kind of hook, as long as it’s big and shiny enough to get their attention. I like to use 4/0 to 6/0 octopus hooks for my bait fishing, but you should experiment with whatever you’re comfortable with. remember that redfish have a soft mouth – therefore dull hooks are not recommended since dull hooks will tear up the fish’s tender flesh instead of just ripping through its tough skin.
Use circle hooks when live-lining. circle hooks might seem scary at first, but redfish are typically caught on circle hooks by accident. redfish are notoriously easy to catch and therefore redfishermen use bait that is too big for their tackle (to increase the chance of hooking up) or they fish in a way that encourages redfish to bite with no regard for what kind of tackle it will take. For this reason redfish often swallow bait without getting hooked – which is why circle hooks are so effective: when swallowed, the hook has no pressure against it and therefore folds over its barb into a perfect-circle shape. the best part? you can release redfish alive because there’s very little damage done upon pulling a circle-hooked redfish out of the water!
Strategies such as casting to redfish at night, which will get redfish to come up from the deep to feed on shrimp or other bait fish that are closer to the boat. Redfishing is more popular in south carolina than anywhere else in the country, and redfish attract so much attention because they’re fun to catch – and also because there are a lot of them.