9 Different Types of Redfish Fishing Lures

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Written By Russ Egan

Russ is a professional fisherman with over 20 years of experience. He has fished all over the world for more than two decades, primarily for saltwater game fish but also for local trophy fish. Russ comprehensively tests and reviews all his fishing gear to help others achieve their own fishing goals. There is nothing he prefers than heading down to his local tackle store, buying the latest fishing reel, and taking it to the water to test.


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Redfish fishing is a rewarding experience. This article features the most important characteristics you should look for when buying a redfish fishing lure. If you do not have the appropriate lure, you will be unable to cast it afar or use it as per your expectations.

Anglers must pick a lure suitable for the water they will be fishing redfish. With so many products available, it is natural to feel overwhelmed and confused. I have put together this guide to redfish lures based on my own experience over decades of angling to help you choose the right fishing lure.

Lure Size

You will have to decide on the right size of the lure considering the size of the fish that you want to catch. While a lure measuring 2 to 5 inches is a good choice for smallmouth redfish, I have found that larger 2-6-inch lures are more effective for larger individuals.

Artificial lures within 2 to 6 inches are among the best ones to be used for redfish fishing. If you wish to catch bigger redfish, you must use bigger lures.

Redfish caught and held up with lure

What Depth to Fish for Redfish

During summer, fish travel to the deeper waters. So, I always carry deep diving lures to entice them. In winter as well as in the spring season, fish move to the shallow waters looking for food.

During winter I recommend surface lures and shallow running lures. Rattling plugs are the best choice if you are fishing in muddy or unclear waters.

For shallow waters with a depth of 3 feet or less, the most commonly used lures are soft plastic baits, suspending hard plastic baits, weedless spoons, and topwater plugs. In the case of deeper waters deeper than 3 feet, I generally use soft plastic lures, swimbaits, diving crank lures, and bucktail jigs.

I always bring soft plastic worms because they can be used in all water columns and can be conveniently rigged weedless when required.


Redfish have an accurate and strong sense of smell. To make sure that they are not scared away by any foreign smell, I use artificial lures that are strongly scented.

Water Temperature

In cold waters, there is minimal fishing activity. You have to use a smaller lure that can be inserted slowly into the water. Fish become more active in warm waters. Then you can use lures that can be quickly retrieved.

What Lure Color?

According to fishing experts, your choice of lure color depends a lot on the clarity of the water. I use light-colored lures in clean waters and fluorescent colors in stained waters. I have noticed redfish are mostly vulnerable to earthly and organic colors, you can use yellow, red, brown, black, or orange baits.

Natural Redfish Lures

For a beginner, it is important to know and remember the key features of natural and artificial lures. Knowing the advantages of natural and artificial lures will help you to figure out which one to lay your hands on. The following are the different kinds of natural baits:


If you want to use live bait, mullets are a great choice. Live or dead mullet can successfully set up a trap for baitfish to be caught before starting redfish fishing.


If you wish to use crabs as lures, you should catch them the night before your fishing adventure. Small to medium-sized crabs are ideal for redfish.

Clams and mussels

They allow the fishing lure to be hardened before using it so it remains stuck to the hook.


I have also had success using dead crawfish as bait.

Grubs and mealworms

You can harvest these from dead vegetation regions or buy them from tackle shops.


If you want to catch a large redfish, consider hooking live minnows so there is continuous movement.

Redfish caught and held up in front of a lake

Artificial Redfish Lures

If you are not in a position to get hold of natural lures, you are only left with the option of using artificial baits. Preferred by many anglers, these artificial lures are and effective. Here are different kinds:


When using jigs as lures, for every 10 feet of depth, use a weight of 1/8 oz.


One of the more popular types is the crankbait or jerkbait, a hard body lure that comes in many shapes and colors.

crankbait on a baitcasting reel


This is not a popular choice since most fishermen find it difficult to be used as it only moves on the top surface of the water.

Soft Plastics

These are the most widely used lures for redfish.


These are specially designed to float and dive as per requirements. You can consider buying rattling plugs if you want to grab the attention of the hungry redfish.


These are particularly equipped with blades making them vibratory and lightweight.


These are covered with metal and are used in waters having high visibility.

Topwater Lures

Redfish are predatory fish who find plastic and rattling cylinders moving across the water’s surface attractive. These lures resemble wounded baitfish and produce a lot of action and movement. Make sure you use walk-the-dog lures, one of the superior topwater lures for redfish fishing.

Paddle Tail Lures

Though excellent for catching all fish species, these lures are especially effective for redfish fishing. The wiggling tails of these lures produce vibrations in the water that attract redfish. Apart from this, it also offers a lifelike action to the lure.

Not all lures are the same. Some lures are much more reliable and efficient than others for redfish fishing. I always change lures frequently until I find one that works.


Choosing the correct lure will add more fun and make your redfish fishing adventure successful. Take time and review the features and benefits of a particular lure before making the final purchase. So, follow my guide and handpick the best redfish fishing lure.

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