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September 08, 2008

Big-Time Topwater Redfish Action

Redfish explode on topwater baits in skinny water


Getting Rough
During rough conditions, make more noise. Throw baits that get the fishes' attention over the sound of waves and wind. On a windy day, don't scrimp on size. A 6-pound redfish can easily swallow a 9-inch mullet. Think what a 30-pounder could devour! Large baits also work best in muddy conditions or when bull reds attack adult mullets with vengeance.

Chuggers, also called poppers, can create quite a stir on the surface. They displace water with curved blades or concave nose surfaces. These lures splash water ahead of them when jerked. Toss a chugger to a likely spot and let it sit briefly. Then, jerk on it, moving it several feet before repeating.

"On a windy day, I want a bigger lure so it makes a little more noise and commotion," says Capt. Greg Hildreth of Brunswick, Georgia. "On calmer days, I throw smaller baits like Rebel Pop-Rs. For redfish, I slow the retrieve from what I would when fishing for a speckled trout. I make two or three chugs and let it sit. I usually see the push of big reds coming toward the bait."