Twenty-five degrees makes for a miserably cold day, particularly by southwest Louisiana standards. But a frigid winter morning also can mean perfect redfish time for Capt. Tommy Pellegrin. “The line guides on the rods freeze up,” says Pellegrin, who charters out of Houma, Louisiana. “It’s brutal to have your fingers out cranking the reel. but one time, We caught 25 reds in 6 to 8 feet of water doing that. In the marsh, the dead of winter is probably one of the best times we have to catch redfish.” Temperatures only occasionally get that cold in coastal Gulf of Mexico states, but even warm, bluebird winter days offer some of the best redfishing from Florida to Texas. Cold fronts, even when mild, concentrate fish in deeper, warmer holes. Later in the day, those redfish move into shallow waters warmed by the sun, allowing anglers to sight-fish and cast to tailers. To help you plan your own trip, we asked charter captains in each of the Gulf states to share their tips on targeting chilly-weather reds.