Best Lures for Redfish

The best redfish lures - hand picked by leading manufacturers who make them.

Redfish hitting a popper fishing lure
Redfish hit hard and run strong, particularly in skinny water.Doug Olander

Among inshore angers, redfish are undeniably one of the most popular game fish in the world. Most U.S. saltwater-lure manufacturers can't afford not to offer crankbaits designed to entice redfish. I asked nine a simple question: What would you consider your top hard-bodied redfish lure or lures? (I allowed up to two models.) This gallery is all about the best lures for redfish, and why you need to add them to your tackle box if you want to catch red drum.

For pricing I used large online tackle retailers such as Tackle Direct, Bass Pro, Melton and Cabela’s.

Rapala Saltwater Skitter Walk (Topwater)

Rapala Saltwater Skitter Walk (Topwater) top redfish fishing lures
$11.49Sport Fishing Magazine

A classic walk-the-dog surface lure with large internal rattles and weighted tail, the Rapala Saltwater Skitter Walk is 4 3/8 inches long and weighs 5/8 ounce.

Rapala Saltwater Skitter Walk (Topwater) top redfish fishing lures
Rapala Saltwater Skitter WalkCourtesy Rapala

Shimano Suspending Waxwing (Subsurface Wobbler)

Shimano Suspending Waxwing (Subsurface Wobbler) top redfish fishing lures
$14.99 for smallestSport Fishing Magazine

Shimano's Suspending Waxwing was introduced in 2014. The slow-sinking lure offers a zigzag, walk-the-dog action below the surface with a twitch-and-pause retrieve. Sizes run from 2.7 to inches to just over 4 ½ inches, and it's one of the best artificial baits for redfish.

Sebile Splasher (Topwater)

Sebile Splasher (Topwater) top redfish fishing lures
$15.49 (smallest)Sport Fishing Magazine

Another one of the best lures for redfish is the The Sebile Splasher, a deep-cup-faced popper designed to spit a large volume of water with each pull. Alternatively, the belly keel will allow a slower walking retrieve. Redfish anglers can choose from lengths of 3 ½ to 6 inches.

MirrOlure 17MR-18 (Suspending Jerkbait)

MirrOlure 17MR-18 (Suspending Jerkbait) top redfish fishing lures
$7.99Sport Fishing Magazine

The MirrOlure 17MR-18 is a suspending twitchbait with a "wide flash," popular with anglers pursuing reds as well as other game fish of inshore shallows (trout, snook, tarpon). The 2 5/8-inch-long lure weighs 3/8 ounce. Its price makes it a bargain.

MirrOlure 17MR-18 (Suspending Jerkbait) best redfish fishing lures
MirrOlure 17MR-18 (Suspending Jerkbait)Courtesy MirrOlure

Halco Hamma 105 (Topwater)

Halco Hamma 105 (Topwater) best redfish fishing lures
$16.35Sport Fishing Magazine

The venerable Australian lure manufacturer, Halco, call its Hamma "the new frontier of lure technology." The clear-bodied lure is designed so anglers can quickly switch out lips ("bibs" Down Under) to accommodate different sizes. The 105 mm lure — just over 4 inches — weighs just more than 6 ounces.

Halco Hamma 105 (Topwater) best redfish fishing lures
Halco Hamma 105 (Topwater)Nick Honachefsky

Yo-Zuri Crystal 3-D Minnow Jointed (Floating Jerkbait)

Yo-Zuri Crystal 3-D Minnow Jointed (Floating Jerkbait) best redfish fishing lures
$12.99Sport Fishing Magazine

Yo-Zuri describes its popular 3-D Minnow as having a "responsive darting action" and its trademark prism flash. The joint pin connecting the two pieces is extra strong. The floating model has a triangular lip so the bait can be fished slowly, even in shallow water. Length is 4 inches; weight ½ ounce.

Yo-Zuri Crystal 3-D Minnow Jointed (Floating) best redfish fishing lures
Yo-Zuri Crystal 3-D Minnow Jointed (Floating)Courtesy Yo-Zuri

LiveTarget Mullet Twitchbait (Floating Jerkbait)

LiveTarget Mullet Twitchbait (Floating Jerkbait) top redfish fishing lures
$13.99 for smallestSport Fishing Magazine

The LiveTarget Mullet Twitchbait relies on its it's detailed, lifelike appearance and a subsurface darting motion to attract redfish (and other inshore species). The floating plug comes in 3½- and 4 ½-inch lengths, weighing ½ and 5/8 ounce.

Bomber Saltwater Grade Mullet (Suspending Jerkbait)

Bomber Saltwater Grade Mullet (Suspending Jerkbait) top redfish fishing lures
$5.40 (from manufacturer)Sport Fishing Magazine

Bomber Saltwater Grade makes the bargain-priced Mullet slow sinker in nine finishes popular with inshore anglers. The 3 ½-inch crankbait's 5/8-ounce weigh and compact shape make for long casts. It offers an erratic walk-the-dog or dying-baitfish action.

Bomber Saltwater Grade Mullet (Suspending Jerkbait) top redfish fishing lures
Bomber Saltwater Grade Mullet (Suspending Jerkbait)Courtesy Bomber Saltwater Grade

Egret Bait Kick A Mullet (Subsurface Wobbler)

Egret Bait Kick A Mullet (Subsurface Wobbler) top redfish fishing lures
$9.49 for smallestSport Fishing Magazine

Designed by Ken Chaumont (responsible for the famed Rat-L-Trap among other lures), Egret Bait's Kick A Mullet sinks at about a foot per three to four seconds. Available in 4- or 5-inch lengths, the tail rattler is equipped with 4x VMC hooks to preclude the need for changeouts. A slow, constant retrieve is recommended to create a wake.

Egret Bait Kick A Mullet (Subsurface Wobbler) top redfish fishing lures
Egret Bait Kick A Mullet (Subsurface Wobbler)Courtesy Egret Baits

Storm Rattlin' Saltwater Chug Bug (Topwater)

Storm Rattlin’ Saltwater Chug Bug (Topwater) top red drum fishing lures
$8.49 for largestSport Fishing Magazine

Storm's venerable Rattlin' Saltwater Chug Bug has long been one of the most popular inshore poppers. Weighted tails help casting and rattles add sound. The 3¼- and 4⅜-inch Bugs come with VMC Perma Steel hooks.

Sebile Stick Shadd (Suspending Jerkbait)

Sebile Stick Shadd (Suspending Jerkbait) top red drum fishing lures
$15.49Sport Fishing Magazine

Reputedly the favorite plug of lure designer Patrick Sebile, the Sebile Stick Shadd's power keel gives this 3½-inch crankbait a particularly erratic swimming action. This one is meant for the angler to impart that action, with a twitched retrieve. Also comes in a floating model.

MirrOlure 26MR (Topwater)

MirrOlure 26MR (Topwater) top red drum fishing lures
$9.49Sport Fishing Magazine

Yet another mullet imitator, MirrOlure's popular 26MR series is a surface walker that offers a wounded-bait action. It's subtle action is best in calm water where it's less likely to spook wary fish than poppers. The 3½-inch plug weighs ½ ounce, and the BKGCH pattern (combines gold, black and chartreuse) is particularly popular.

MirrOlure 26MR (Topwater) top red drum fishing lures
MirrOlure 26MR (Topwater)Courtesy MirrOlure

LiveTarget Hybrid Shrimp (Suspending Jerkbait)

LiveTarget Hybrid Shrimp (Suspending Jerkbait) top red drum fishing lures
$12.99Courtesy LiveTarget

The LiveTarget Hybrid Shrimp earned its name from its hard-bodied lure with soft, wiggly parts; it's soft legs wiggle and vibrate upon retrieve. The manufacturer suggests a "super-slow retrieve" with a horizontal-drop pattern. The shrimp is available in two sizes, 3½ and 4 inches and eight finishes.

Halco Roosta Popper 105 (Topwater)

Halco Roosta Popper 105 (Topwater) best red drum fishing lures
$15.99Sport Fishing Magazine

A classic popper, the Halco Roosta Popper has been one of Australia's most popular topwater lures for decades, and redfish anglers are finding it effective over here. Equipped with Mustad 3X trebles, the 4½-inch lure comes in a dozen brilliant patterns.