Redfish - Best Live Bait with William Toney

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Captain William Toney shares tips and techniques for catching redfish, including pinfish, shrimp, and mud minnows. He teaches trapping, bait selection, and using a subsurface buoy to prevent theft. Toney demonstrates making rigs, hook placement, and modifying pinfish for scent or vibration.

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Redfish Live Bait Options by Region

The options for redfish live bait vary by region. However, within each region, there are specific baits that are highly effective for catching reds. As you traverse the Gulf coast from Texas, around Florida, and up to the Carolinas, the ocean environment and bait fish change.


In The Spread Fishing Video Spotlight: Florida's Gulf Coast

In this In The Spread fishing video, our focus is on the area north of Tampa up to St. Marks in the panhandle. The inshore fishing, especially redfish fishing, along this Gulf coast stretch is incredibly productive. Most of the fishing happens around mangroves and outside keys. A notable fisherman we've collaborated with is Capt. William Toney of Homosassa Inshore Fishing.

We've filmed numerous redfish videos with William. His approach simplifies the art of catching redfish. His teaching style instills confidence. By adopting his tactics and techniques, you'll feel empowered on the water. Redfish live bait fishing is arguably the most effective method. Redfish find it hard to resist a tempting live bait. This video will delve into the best live baits, how to obtain them, and the optimal live bait rig for redfish.

What You'll Learn

  • Best Bait for the Region: Live pinfish, live shrimp, and live mud minnows.
  • Procuring Bait: Learn to catch bait using traps, hook, and line. We also discuss buying bait and highlight a local supplier.
  • Pro Tip: Catch bait where you fish. It ensures you're using what redfish are naturally eating.
  • Focus: While threadfin herring and cigar minnows are popular in other areas, this video emphasizes pinfish, shrimp, and mud minnows, especially pinfish.
  • Rigging: Detailed insights into creating the perfect live bait rig for redfish using each of the three baits.

Catching Pinfish

Using a trap is an efficient method. However, beware of bait thieves. William shares tactics for discreet buoy placement and sinking them, ensuring only you can locate them later. He also covers bait choices for your trap and optimal placement. Quick tip: Pinfish inhabit specific areas, so ensure you're in their territory.

Hook and Line Method

In areas populated by redfish, you'll find pinfish. They share habitats. Having a spare rod for bait is handy. William discusses the perfect rig for bait capture. Cast nets and sabiki rigs are also effective.

Other Bait Options: Shrimp and Mud Minnows

  • Live Shrimp: Easily available and simple to store. Keep them in a shaded bucket or between damp newsprint in a cooler.
  • Mud Minnows: Hardy and effective. They might be trickier to catch than pinfish but are abundant if you know where to look.

Rigging Insights with William Toney

William walks you through each rigging method. For shrimp, he demonstrates both head and tail rigs. For pinfish, he covers back hooking and nose hooking, emphasizing correct hook placement. Mud minnow rigging mirrors pinfish back rigging.

Conclusion: If you're keen on mastering redfish live bait rigs, Capt. William Toney offers invaluable insights. As one of Florida's top inshore fishing guides, his expertise on redfish is unmatched. We hope our videos bolster your confidence and enhance your catch rate. Keep learning and fish smarter!

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Captain William Toney

Captain William Toney, a Florida native, is a fourth-generation fishing guide known for his expertise in Mangrove Snapper and other fish species. He is a licensed and insured guide, a Homosassa Guide's Association member, and hosts 'In The Spread', an online fishing instruction platform. Toney's expertise in redfish, tides, and bait presentation is unparalleled, and he shares his knowledge on seasonal fish migration patterns and tidal flows. His dedication to passing on his knowledge to younger generations is invaluable.

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