How to Surf Fishing for Redfish – Surf Fishing Tips

How to Surf Fishing for Redfish – Surf Fishing Tips


this is my favorite time of the year the
bull redfish are moving in close and closer to the beach they’re going to be at the
piers the jetties the passes honestly this is the best time of the year to
catch a trophy bull wether it be a 40 inch or 45 or even 50s this being
my favorite time of the year I wanted to make a video on how to catch bull redfish
in the surf in this video I’m gonna discuss tackle gear leaders conditions
baits time of the year and reading the beach so hope you learn some please
enjoy one of the most important conditions and
aspects surf fishing for redfish is wind there’s three different types of winds
there’s a southeast wind south wind and an east wind those three different types
of winds from one’s gonna read bull ribs into the surf you see West Southwest
Northwest anything west on the map don’t even bother just stay home south and
south and southeast winds are your average winds they bring in a steady amount of bull
redfish in the surf depending on the wind mileage
that’s what’s gonna tell you when to go out there if you see like a strong 10-20
mph south southeast wind go out there the surf is gonna be rough that’s what
they like fish an incoming tide if you fish an incoming tide you can fish a lot
closer if you fish an outgoing tight I suggest to get on one of the
bars and cast away past the 2nd gut I like to fish incoming tides now the optimal
winds for surf fishing these bull redfish or east winds these winds are hard and
heavy it bring up the tides the water is super big it’s rough and bull redfish like
rough water whenever you see a nice wind out there you need to get out there and
if you tie that with a full moon at night around midnight or so that’s when i’ve
had the best luck geez you just you’re gonna be catching all
night and believe it or not, the biggest redfish i’ve caught what’s on the east east
wind rough east wind full moon and I landed a 50 inch bull redfish another thing that’s really important
it’s not really talked about his barometric pressure redfish tend to eat
when the barometric pressure rices quickly or drops quickly and
most importantly what makes the Bull redfish run it’s the first cold front of the
fall so to sum up weather the best winds fish are east winds east south east winds
north east winds average winds are south south east winds these winds if you see
west on the map stay home north winds okay remember
barometric pressure is also very important quick spikes quick drops and
pressure ultimately in my opinion the best conditions to fish are a hard east
wind on a full moon with rising pressure on a high tide that is to me in my
opinion is the ideal conditions for bull redfish So after finding the perfect beach fishing
conditions you got to get strategic you got to read the beach next reading the
beach knowing how to read the beach is one of the most important aspects of
surf fishing as well you gotta you gotta know where to cast you wanna cast past
sandbars cast into guts through the cuts into holes all kinds of different
locations to be successful the surf redfish should have different place to hang out
it this is we’re about to learn right now Gulf Coast beaches have a lot of
structure there’s first second and third sandbars there’s guts there’s also a
weight good that you can cast into for bait
so here’s the first cut right here or what they call the wade gut here is where you get most of your bait, mullet whiting sand trout shad here and there
and other things on a really high tide bull redfish will be running through the
wade gut specifically during east winds where the tides are extremely high
there will be plenty of redfish swimming through that wade gut so after the
weight cut here’s another apparent structure the first
sandbar the first sandbar I use it to cast into the next gut most of the time
when you’re fishing with lures in this area there’s a lot of redfish and trout
that are hugging the edge of the sandbar most of the time while the tide is
really high I like to get it on the first sandbar and cast past into the
second gut which has passed a second sandbar all right let’s move forward
with the next structure the second sandbar the second sandbar is relatively
hard to access you have to know how to swim and most importantly you have to
wear a PFD to get to this bar that’s second that that cut after the first
sandbar can be up to six feet deep on an east wind it’s probably eight feet deep
big big bull redfish swim after the second sandbar I’m talking about like 40 and
up bull redfish so basically the way to fish sandbars depends on your tides low tide
you can get past the second bar on a very high tides wade gut first cut now
beyond the second bar is the third bar it’s it’s not worth it to get out there
that’s beyond the breakers right there you can’t stand on that bar you got to
be like seven feet tall it’s really really deep and it’s just don’t do it
don’t do it now let’s talk about gear gear is one of
my favorite parts of surf fishing in general I like to compare test and push all my
gear to the limits as well as customize it when it comes to surf fishing you’re
gonna need some hardcore durable stuff make a handle salt water and sand let me
go ahead and give you an example of the stuff that I use this is my custom daiwa
saltist 20 on a 13-foot breakaway HDX the saltist is twenty is one of my
favorite because it’s basically been destructible for me has 17 pounds of
drag and lmetal frame corrosion resistance ball bearings and a custom
knobby mag the spool holds around 250 yards of 50 pound braid and I like to
top it off with 10 yards of 65 lb shock leader so here in the
market for a conventional reel this is what I look for drag power you really
don’t need anything over 20 pounds of bull redfish fight pretty hard but 20
pounds anything above that is too much now there are some to speed lever drugs
out there that have 50 60 pounds of drag you don’t need that they’re expensive but
if you got the money big baller go ahead and go from buy it
another thing I look for is line capacity if you’re using braids I like
to use the smaller size reels like with the Daiwa 20s and the 30s be using mono
that 20 or 30 they’re gonna be way too small because mono is a lot thicker than
braid when it comes to line capacity you’re gonna at least eat 200 yards
braids or mono here are my suggestions for a conventional surf reel the daiwa saltist, daiwa sealine, Shimano Torium, penn squal when it comes to surf fishing I like
using all kinds of tackle including spinning reels
I mainly like spinning reels because of their ease used and they’re really
simple to cast I use spinning reels for lures and also medium class surf fishing setups here’s what I look for in a surf fishing spinning reel one of the most important
things that look for in a surf fishing spinning reel is is it sealed the main reason you need
a sealed reel is because of the rigorous tasks you’re gonna put that surf fishing
spinning reel through instead of go through some harsh elements sand salt
water and all and big fish here’s a list of common sealed reels the penn spinfisher long cast 7,500 the Daiwa black gold the Shimano spheros the Daiwa ballistic
ex and also the tsunami shield the tsunami shield is definitely gonna give
the spin Fisher and the BG Daiwa a run for their money
another thing I look for in a surf fishing reel is gear ratio for soaking bait I look for lower
ratio for more torque higher ratio less torque drag of course no less than 10
pounds a metal frame for durability and lack capacity like I said before at
least 200 yards all right so this is my surf fishing spinning setup, this is a Shimano spheros 8 K on a nine foot daiwa coastal sp surf fishing rod the
main reason I went with the Spheros is because first of all it was on sale at bass pro second of all as a sealed system sealed drag you know that has
decent drag nice line capacity and look good yes
aesthetics were nice I paired it on a daiwa coastal SP surf fishing rod the nine foot
version I went with that rod because it was light and it has a lot of high-end
components from only 150 bucks it hasn’t let me down it’s been able to reel in
some big bull redfish 40s and forty fives all day the other reason I went with
the Daiwa coastal sp surf fishing rod is because I asked tangle free guides it
is very important that you get these guides so you prevent wind knots
the next part when it comes to surf fishing gear are rods rods are a lot easier to
select basically you go with an 8 foot up to a 13 foot surf rod if you’re gonna
be doing some light surf fishing like over the nine foot rod some of they can
cast at least five ounces you’re going hardcore I’d go with a 12 or 13-footer
it all really depends what you’re surf fishing for and how many Ounces are
casting out alright next up is line a new surf fishing you need to use thicker
line due to the abrasion from the sandbars all the wave action going back
and forth will definitely tear up your lines on the long run I personally
prefer braid over mono the reason why is because like I said I like smaller surf fishing reels braid is thinner gives you more capacity on my reels when I fish braids I like to
use thirty pound on my light surf fishing set up specifically on my
spinning setups I use 50 pound braid for my bigger
conventional reel such as my daiwa saltist 20 30 my akios 757 with my bigger reels i use 65 pound braid when you fish with mono people we
typically fish 17 a thirty pound test I got said before if you’re gonna be
fishing the smaller conventional reels you’re gonna have to use 17 pound mono
if you’re using braids you can use whatever size you want except for 65
which is pretty thick now also on my conventional surf reels I use a shock leader I
use 50 pound shock leader or 65 pounds on my smaller setups daiwa saltist 20 and 30 I use 50-pound Suffix Superior on my spinning setups I don’t
use a shock leader I don’t feel like it’s necessary on my spinning setups
because they’re a medium class surf fishing fishing setup when it comes to leaders I
use three different types of leaders they use your standard fish finder rig
I use the Carolina style shorter drum rig and I also use your standard Walmart
double drop rig now the most popular surf fishing rig is the fish finder rig
everybody uses it it’s easy to make it’s readily available most type of stores
selling I like to use a 10 out demon circle hook on the other end here’s another rig that I use this is
the Carolina style drum rig the short version I don’t see anybody in Texas
really fish with this I think they’re missing out I use this when I really
really want to get some distance as a short lead and the way that it’s built
the way that it’s made it seems to be easier to cast the way that I build this
is basically a 10 on demon circle hook on the end attached with a Palomar knot
to around 3 inches of fluorocarbon I usually record because it’s invisible
it’s can you can barely see it in this picture that’s right the redfish can’t see
it either then I attached it to a swivel this is a
minimalist rig it requires very little Hardware less than other surf fishing rigs trust me
less hardware is good using less hardware will equal more hookups you
don’t need to be using all this stuff the fish can see all your hardware
whether you’re using purple pink whatever but whatever color beads they
can see it and plus we’re trying to impress you trying to catch fish or you
trying to impress your buddies which one fish or buddies now when it comes to
weights this is a relatively simple concept if you have a hard core current
you want to use the heavier spider weight six seven eight ounces depends on
your rod also if you’re using a hard core surf setup something I can handle
a tin bait eight to 12 ounces and you would have to cast out a big weight
spider weight preferably they hold down better into the sand they don’t sit
there and move here and there with the current on day so there’s hardly any
current you’re all good with a fervid weight three to eight ounces whichever
you like to use all right let’s talk about bait bait is
one of the next critical elements when it comes to surf fishing I use four
different types of bait mullet shad sand trout and whiting there’s other baits
you could use crab croaker in fish I don’t use those baits as much because
they catch other fish that I’m trying to weed out at them when I’m fishing for
bull redfish alright let’s talk about mullet mola that’s easily and readily
throughout the surf you can also buy it almost every single bait store it’s easy
to get you cast at any single body of water you’re probably gonna catch some
mullet bullet it’s most abundant late summer early fall when you’re fishing
for bull redfishwhen it comes to later in the fall in the winter all that it’s not
easily available it’s not really good way to use during the these seasons
alright let’s talk about shed shad is almost everyone’s favorite bait
unfortunately it’s not it’s easy to access it’s quite a rare commodity to be
able to catch this and out in the wild most of the time you have to buy it not
only is shad great bait it’s also really really good to eat quite a delicacy shad
is excellent bait during the summer and fall and late fall seasons when fishing
for bull redfish unfortunately it doesn’t last very long in a hook so many other fish
like to eat it when you cast it out you could lose it when I surf fish with shad I
usually just cast the whole thing out I’m being sheisty and cheap I’ll cut it
in half up Next is sand trout actually my favorite baits are used to
fish with words you cannot get it at the bait store does not want
you to know about this bait when used to life
it is extremely panicky it tries to swim away from your hook which then gives it
redfish or reactionary strike because it’s wounded when fishing for sand trout
for bait you have to catch them on lures and you lure they used to catch speckled
trout with will work depending on the water conditions in the colors and
clarity and you know all that good stuff I think sand trout is the best bait to surf
fish for bull redfish in the summer and fall not so great in the winter
because they are scarce throughout the surf always fish sand trout whole and
alive right after catching if you cannot fish it alive fresh dead works good
whiting is my next favorite bait whiting is absolutely the best bait to use
during the winter months they’re all over the surf to raise it a catch and
they don’t wanted a cook one you can also eat them like I said before redfish
eat what’s most abundant in the surf during these cold months that’s what’s
in the surf big whiting tons of it with whiting I found myself surf fishing a more
s cut bait rather than whole life to eat because when you catch a whiting they’re
either too small or they’re really big I usually start to fish with whiting in
late November all the way into February as long as the bull redfish around they’re
gonna eat whiting whiting are quite easy to catch basically you know I like one
of my previous videos the way to catch whiting would be with a small pink piece
of fish bites and a double drop rig and small hooks just basically cast out into
one of the guts within a couple of minutes to have one or two whiting on
there so to sum up bait mullet sand trout shad are great bait during summer all the
way up to late fall once we hit winter you start getting 40 degree
temperatures the water the water temperature drops below 70 and whiting
becomes important and very abundant in the surf and that’s what you’re gonna
use to catch bull redfish during the winter well that sums up my video on how to
catch a redfish in the surf like comment subscribe let me know in the
comments how you surf fish for redfish ultimately we all have the same goal and
it’s to catch the biggest redfish we can I want to learn – I want to learn your
methods as well I like to try out different things hope this video helped
go out there and catch a big one for me

100 thoughts on “How to Surf Fishing for Redfish – Surf Fishing Tips

  1. Thank you for an excellent video for learning on all the ways in catching Reds on surf and also understanding weather and reading Galveston & Bolivar surf. I don't usually catch Reds but large Whitings are good enough for me on the Bolivar on those bayou cuts.

  2. I live in VA I go fishing for bull reds at the Chesapeake bay bridge tunnel in spring and fall when they run good. When I go I use a 2 foot leader 50 lb mono for leader and main line and I use big hmmm I don't know 4000 5000 sized reels and for bait my favorite Is bluefish we cut them up into pieces 5 inches long probably and use 4 ounce weights weve caught tons and the biggest ive ever caught was a 58 ich bull red! average size is 45 inches and I have caught a 7 foot sand shark and a few 10 foot sting rays hope you enjoy this way to catch them good luck and great video. Oh yeah also thx for the help I want to go beach fishing for them soon

  3. I'm thinking of going to big shell beach next weekend..do you think it would be a good time to go. This is my first time going to big shell and my first time going to the coast this late in the year

  4. Hey brother planning on heading out tomorrow afternoon to Friday night. What piers and beaches do you recommend. Ill be going out solo. Just moved to SA from Florida and I feel lost brother. TY

  5. Thanks for the vid. I watched a lot of surf fishing videos specifically ones here in Texas and your videos so far is the most informative. Other videos you have to separate the meat and spit the bones out. This video covered all the questions I have in one sitting. Thanks for putting it out. I subscribed to your channel right away 'cause it's the least I can do. Tight lines brother!

  6. Nice video man. I always carry a 6 ft super spreader cast net when I'm fishing. Live mullet or cut mullet works best when fishing skinny water!

  7. I don't live in Houston so doesn't make sense for my gear to be expensive if I drive down from Dallas only a few times a year. Got some retractable Cabela's fiberglass Big Water rods, definitely super entry level but super cheap and come in 10, 12, 14 foot sizes. For a cheaper spinning reel which one would you recommend Daiwa Laguna 5-BI 5000 reel or Daiwa Emcast Plus Surf 5000? They both look similar but the Laguna has the ABS Spool, DigiGear, and 17 lbs of drag and the Emcast Plus has the ABS Spool, 5 extra ball bearings and 33 pounds of drag. Any input or feedback would be appreciated, thanks. Is the DigiGear that good that I should go with the Laguna and forego the extra drag of the Emcast Plus? Reel capacity seems about the same. Also, have a Fin Nor Mega Lite in 60 size that seems good but feels a little loose when I reel and stop quick if that makes sense. Your videos are very good and informative. Some other channels from fishermen in the Texas coast area are more about themselves and not about information like your channel. Keep up the good work.

  8. 1 thing Ill say, its almost never a bad idea to get out there if you have the time, I've caught the wrong big fish in all the wrong conditions on several occasions. Just dont burn yourself out or get frustrated on those days, it just is what it is. May get lucky tho

  9. I'm looking to buy my first conventional reel setup for the surf here in Texas. Don't know much about conventional reels. Any recommendation on a rod and conventional reel setup for casting double drop rigs. I wanted to try a conventional reel to see if I can get greater casting distance. If I had a 1k budget what would you recommend either for 1 or 2 setups.

  10. Dam bro i swear 1 more year ima grind for a gucci setup cuz my old shit got robbed eveything gone, houston dont play now i got like 4 rods wit booty reels.Then MY FUCKING TACKLE GOT WET WIT HARVEY BULLSHIT!!!

  11. Thank you!! Good video I use pretty much the same as you, so you think crab all year round ? Crab is pretty much candy right?

  12. Thank you brudda! This is an excellent documentary! I think I’ll stick to spinning set up. Your awesome πŸ‘πŸΌ

  13. They've been in THICK these past few days at 61st pier. Went last night and saw at least 40 pulled in through out the night it was crazy!!

  14. Great video and great editing, music, text and graphics! You got a talent to make videos man. I am learning about surf fishing through Youtube. I am on the east coast in GA and FL, but alot of the stuff you say is helpful. Still need to pull the trigger on my first rod and reel… what do you reccomend?

  15. Bro, I'm a huge fan of your channel. I thoroughly enjoy your videos. You get straight to the point and in detail when explaining your setup for rigs, surfing fishing, rods and reels. I watch your videos when I'm on break, after work, before I sleep. I haven't seen any channel like yours. Cheers bro!

  16. Great video and channel man! My boys love to fish and I am planning a camping trip to the Padre National Seashore in October to try and catch some of these Reds.

  17. So let me ask you this, i've got a 12ft surf rod (penn battalion) and a 6'6 medium ugly stik. How can i use this combo this best for redfish? I'm thinking catch baitfish with the 6'6, and use it on the big rod for reds/bigger fish. Is there a better way?

  18. Great video! I go deep sea fishing twice a year, but I've never tried surf or pier fishing. I didn't know what type of gear to use, nor bait. This video gives me the basic ideas needed for surf fishing. My wife and I go to Jacksonville Florida a lot, I will try surf fishing. Do you have any pier fishing gear set-ups? Thanks for sharing the knowledge and fishing tips.πŸ‘

  19. Hey beach bomber, when will you start your surf fishing again. I'll start mid to late September. Hey brother we will be planning a 3 or 4 day weekend on P.I.N.S. Nov. 7,8,9,10. Hit me up if you want to go with us.

  20. Thanks for the video and info never caught a red before gonna try this out with your Carolina rig setup with whiting next time I go in a couple weeks! Just found sam Louie pass last time I went to Galveston looks like you need 4×4 to get out there or can you go without? Any other places to go? Thanks again great info and video!

  21. Bro this video Helped. Can you make more of these? For like Spanish Or Flounder. ? Ik these type of videos are hard to make but We the Community will much Appreciate it. (Well at least i will βœŠβœŠπŸ’―πŸ’―)

  22. Hey, thanks for this video — good stuff. I don't even bait fish — I fly fish — and I found your video very useful. You helped me understand this word I hear people use down here in TX, "gut". I'm starting to understand that a "gut" is the deeper trough between sandbars. And the info on cold fronts might be useful to me one day also.

  23. Anyone know how to get the captions in Spanish? They are only available in English. I have family in Matamoros who are really interested in watching these videos since they have seen how many more fish I have been catching!

  24. Thanks for the vid! I recently moved to Savannah and have yet to master catching the Reds. I'm going to try your tips, cheers!

  25. Wouldn’t the winds depend on what coast you’re on. Like an East win would be coming onto shore on the east coast of Florida but going away from the shore on the west coast of Florida.

  26. I've been fishing for Bull Reds for over 25 yrs along the Texas gulf coast. So true on the live bait , great video over all. Keep hookin them ! SLP favorite spot

  27. I caught a big 40 incher a couple weeks ago (late October) in the Louisiana surf. 20 pound mono, 6 ounce pyramid weight on a sinker slide, barrel swivel, 3 feet of fluorocarbon. Bait was just a cut finger mullet. Real simple rig, been working for me!

  28. Man, I don't know if you'll read this but I watched this video late October 2017 or so and I have been killing Reds/Black drum every time I go out ever since. This video helped me so much it's crazy man. Can't say how much I appreciate it. I live in in the Gulf Coast area of Alabama and when we had our bull red run in October/early November I caught dozens upon dozens of bull reds. The most underrated bait on this side of the pond by far is using a sand trout (we call them white trout) head with all the guts inside. Reds love it more than mullet when the white trout are super thick down here.

    Thank you for this video, can't tell you how much it helped me.

  29. Hey Beach Bomber. What is your opinion of using a shock leader on spinning setups for sharks 6-8ft? Basically tie braid directly to rig (6ft of 300lb mono and 2ft wire/cable) or put a mono topshot/shock leader between the braid and the rig. I've always used a ~50ft of 40-50lb mono topshot fishing off the main beach and it works great. Problem is I've got a new spot that is an inlet and the current really rips and with that thick mono diameter the current really drags it. Just hesitant to go straight braid to rig because no shock absorption. Thoughts? Btw I'm on east coast

  30. I know it varies but do you have and idea the average distance from dry land to the first, second and third bar?

  31. i dont really check conditions. i just go fishing whenever i feel like fishing lol. i wouldnt look at the conditions then be like well guess im not fishing

  32. Extremely good video……I hate to tell you……all of those were catfish……even the bait was catfish. Lol…….keep it up.

  33. Any thoughts on Okuma Azores Spinning reels?

    https://www.okumafishing.com/en/product/azores-spinning-reel.html

  34. Love this video! Thanks for the illustrations. Now, where can I go to learn more about the tides. I just didn't understand the location of the 2nd gut/cut. I want to understand this….

  35. Level out your audio better with the music. Nothing is more annoying than videos where I have to keep adjusting the volume cause you speak so softly then blare some bass driven song. Great information just a suggestion

  36. Nice video. I am at a different $ level, Thinking of getting a Okuma ABF 5500 or 6000 for a 9 or 10 ft rod Could you suggest a rod. Thank you

  37. Great video!!!! I don't use some of the things you mentioned..like expensive rods and reels…. I use bait shrimp….i love your set ups… I use the Carolina rig and don't have alot of issues with reds…hardheads love it though so that can be annoying…but i luv to fish so i work with what my budget allows….my wife caught a red at rollover pass (RIP!!) with a beer can and 20lb cajun red fishing line….she is actually a better fisherman than i am….we live in Dallas and go down to the Island for 1 day trips alot or 1overnight trip….but again luv your stuff bro…..

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