ROD, REEL AND TACKLE EDITION TO CATCH MORE REDFISH.
DO YOU WANT TO CATCH MORE REDFISH?
Blue Line Charter Service is a fishing charter company out of Venice Louisiana whose specialty (or rather one of our specialties) is targeting redfish in the coastal waters in the redfish capital of the world. In this blog I want to answer a question I get asked often by fishermen. What do I think is the best setup to use when fishing for redfish (red drum)?
Over the years of running fishing charters, we have tested many different options when battling the hard fighting redfish off the coast of Venice Louisiana. Once hooked up, the powerful redfish is sure to test your tackle to its limits, from the sharp Roseau canes in Venice to rock jetties in the Gulf of Mexico you better be setup with tackle that matches the fight a redfish.
MY ROD AND REEL REDFISH SETUP.
My fishing pole of choice for battling drag screaming redfish is Aqua Dream series Med-Hvy fishing rod made by Fitzgerald Fishing Rods. This fishing rod will allow you to throw long cast with ease and has the perfect amount of backbone to bring the fight to the redfish. Whether throwing a fourhorsemen popping cork with live bait or fishing artificial lures this rod gets the job doner. Here is a link to check them out. https://fitzgeraldrods.com/
Just as important as the fishing rod you choose when fishing for redfish, is the fishing reel you put on that fishing rod. Running fishing charters in Venice Louisiana will put your reel to the test and the reel that always stands up to that test is the Shimano Stradic 4000. This reel is tough and has a great drag system that holds up to the power of Venice Louisiana Redfish.
No angler wants to watch a fish of a lifetime swim away due to their fishing line popping. While running fishing charters we want every advantage we can get to give our clients every chance of success when fighting redfish. For this category I have 2 braided fishing lines that always hold up to the environment that Venice Louisiana offers. PowerPro 50-pound braided line and 50-pound Berkley X9 Braid. I can't say enough great things about both of these redfish catching braided lines. You will definitely be happy with both brands which give anglers the ability to catch big fish while sensitive enough to feel the softest biting fish.
REDFISH CAN'T RESIST THIS.
My go to bait setup in Venice Louisiana while running fishing charters remains the same year-round. I start with fourhorsemen popping cork tied to the 50 pound braided fishing line that I have spooled on my Shimano Stradic 4000 fishing reel. Fishing in the murky waters of Venice Louisiana is a challenge in itself to anglers. The popping cork you choose can make or break you during your fishing trip. Fish rely on Scent, Smell and Sound to find bait in the water. The fourhorsmen popping cork is what I like to think of as my fish call. Duck hunters use Duck calls to call the ducks in, I use the fourhorsemen popping cork to call the redfish in. I then tie a 3/8 once unpainted jighead to a two foot, 40 pound Berkley Trilene Big Game fishing line leader. I then tie the leader to my fourhorsemen popping cork (Fish Calling Device).
LIVEBAIT IS KING FOR VENICE LOUISIANA REDFISH.
The bait of choice for redfish fishing charters is LIVE SHRIMP. Blue Line Charter Service uses Live Shrimp on all fishing charters we run no matter what the season. When headed to Venice Louisiana to catch redfish, the first stop of your trip should be at "We Dat Bait and Tackle" on hwy 23 just minutes from Venice Marina. We Dat Bait and Tackle always has fresh caught lively shrimp. Redfish just can't seem to resist a live shrimp under a fourhorsemen popping cork making this a lethal combination at the mouth of the Mississippi river where it meets the Gulf of Mexico. From Bull Reds to juvenile Redfish this is my favorite setup while running fishing charters throughout the year. On a side note, a Louisiana Speckled Trout, Flounder, Sheepshead, Black Drum along with countless other species of fish can't resist this Live Bait setup. From daily fishing charters to recreational fishermen, Live Shrimp should be in your livewell on all your fishing trips. It is extremely rare a fish can pass up a live shrimp dangling in front of them.
We Dat Bait and Tackle,
Venice, LA 70091
LOUISIANA REDFISH FISHING REGULATIONS.
State waters. Redfish size limit-16” min total length 27” max total length
Bag and Possession Limit- Red Drum (Redfish): 5 daily per person - No more than one fish over 27” max total length
Redfish cannot be kept in federal waters.
REDFISH SPECIES DETAILS.
Species Name: Sciaenops Ocellatus
Species Family: Sciaenidae
Species Order: Perciformes
Habitat: Onshore, Flats, Backcountry, Nearshore
Louisiana State Record Redfish - 61 pounds
World Record Redfish - 94 pounds 2 ounces caught in North Carolina
BLACK SPOT ON A REDFISH
The ocellated spot resembles an eye and is usually on its tail base. Predators typically key on the eyes of prey, both to spot their food and to orient their attack to the anterior part of the prey. If the spot can fool a predator into attacking its tail, the redfish has a better chance of escaping that attack. Some fish have one large black spot while others have multiple spots and is generally the most distinguishing mark on the fish.
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