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Nov 2, 2022

Sight Casting in Gin Clear Cool Water for Redfish | William Toney

One of the great things about cooling water is that it's very clear from the lack of nutrient that warm water nurtures. If there is a time to sight cast redfish, trout or snook the calm windless days between the fronts that push in between now and Thanksgiving are the time to get with a fellow angler to feed fish and watch them eat.

A good friend polling the boat can make for a fun time, as you take turns, one on the bow and one on the stern. One thing I love to do is watch fish and learn how each one swims, eats and sits. Mullet are the most common fish to watch, they meander near the surface and will make a silver flash before the jump or sometimes not. Redfish are more deliberate when they move and are closer to the bottom, sometimes near the surface among the mullet but their profile is different then a mullets because a redfish has a large head and upper body.

Sight casting a live shrimp to a cruising redfish is best if you study their direction and tide movement. Practice casting so that your presentation has a soft landing. The difference is between throwing a fast ball or granny lob. With a soft but deliberate cast you can feather the line to make it land softer so as not to spook the the fish. Lead the fish by about 5 feet and by the time both fish and bait intersect it's a special moment seeing the redfish eat your bait. If the first cast is wrong then keep your composure and try again. I've caught plenty of redfish into my 3rd try! Incoming tide will be early morning or late evening this weekend.

To learn more about redfish fishing tactics and techniques, take a look at some of my videos

Captain William Toney

In The Spread, instructor

Homosassa Inshore Fishing

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