Schools of redfish move quickly.
In water three feet deep and greater, schooling reds often surface, send baitfish into the air for 10-20 seconds and then go down.
Anglers unprepared to fire into the fracas are often disappointed they missed the fish. How could no fish bite when they were just feeding so aggressively?
The answer is the fish were probably 100 yards away by this point.
Reds on the prowl move super fast and anglers must be prepared to strike quickly if they want to seize the opportunity.
Preparation for this kind of fishing begins at home.
It is good idea to make up a tackle box or bag with some key lures for targeting fast moving reds.
Start with spoons. A gold or bronze spoon is arguable the best overall redfish lure and they offer the advantage of being easy to cast accurately at long distances. For most settings a ?-ounce is perfect.
Next go to topwaters.
There is nothing more exciting in local waters than watching big reds attack a topwater and when they are feeding on the surface, they are suckers for surface lures. Walking lures are great but do not overlook chuggers. They can extremely effective on reds.
Rig these up on a spinning rod rigged with braided line and keep them handy. The spinning rod is to save you from frustrating backlashes, which can occur when you are trying to hit fish at long distances in a very short time window.
If you for example are working a plastic, put down that stick, grab your spinning rod and chunk the spoon or topwater right where you saw the action. If the fish already under, then throw it as far as you can down current of the spot and work it back up. The reds usually follow the tidal flow.
If you keep missing the time window and want to make blind casts, consider using one of the numerous redfish ready spinnerbaits on the market. Everyone from Strike King to Bomber Saltwater Grade has solid product out at this point.
Throwing the spinner is a great way to cover lots of water and will keep small trout off your line if they are in the area. Spinners are very effective for reds, but catch few specks.
Finally, your soft plastics can come in handy.
If the school pops up right in front of you, the reds will gladly hit just about anything that mimics a baitfish or shrimp. Additionally if someone in the boat gets hooked up, there may be reds following the one on the line. If you see them, chunk a plastic their directions and hold on tight.
A red hooked close to the boat has a habit of running under it or expending all of its energy on a mind-boggling run of pure power and intensity.
That is one of the many reasons I love redfish.
(To contact Chester Moore, e-mail me at email@example.com. You can hear him on "Moore Outdoors" Fridays from 6-7 p.m.)
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Schools of redfish move quickly.
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BEAUMONT — It may be just the second year of the program’s revival, but the Lamar softball team has already established a tradition: Winning the home opener on a walk-off home run.
Casey Cromwell’s three-run blast in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Lady Cardinals a 6-4 win over Southeastern Louisiana at Ford Park in the first home game of 2014 for Lamar and the Southland Conference opener for both squads.
Lamar, which won its first game last year over UTSA on a walk-off home run by Ashley McDowell, cruised to an 8-1 win over Southeastern Louisiana in Saturday’s nightcap.
“This is why I love playing at home,” Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. “The fans really get us pumped up, and we respond.”
Cromwell hit two home runs in the opener for Lamar (5-9 overall, 2-0 Southland). Beverly Corry also homered for Lamar. Shannon Millman (3-5) was the winning pitcher for the Lady Cardinals in both games, working 1 1-3 innings of scoreless relief in the first game before firing a three-hit gem in the nightcap.
“We got tremendous pitching for both Shannon and Tina (Schulz) today,” Bruder said. “We also got some great defense, and that really helped us.”
Candyce Carter and Jenna Holland homered for Lamar in the second game. Carter had three RBIs in the game, while Holland and Julianne Viator added two RBIs apiece.
Carter closed out the game in spectacular fashion, making a diving grab in center field to turn what looked to be a sure double off the bat of Brittney Tschoepe into the final out of the game.
The two teams wrap up their three-game series with a single contest at 1 p.m. Sunday at Ford Park. All senior citizens 55 and older receive free admission.
“It’s always tough to sweep a team,” Bruder said. “We know Sunday’s game will be tough.”
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