August 31, 2017

Favorite Redfish Lures for Sight Fishing

These are some of my favorite redfish lures for sight fishing redfish in the shallow marsh of Louisiana.

Favorite Redfish Lures

Growing as an inshore angler is a journey, and experimenting with different redfish lures is an inevitable part of that journey.

Do it enough and you'll find that yesteryear's lures have stood the test of time, while others no longer occupy a tackle box.

My favorite redfish lures were usually discovered through trial and error, discussion with other inshore anglers, or inspired by challenges encountered in the marsh.

After all, Louisiana's marsh is very diverse, ranging from fresh to salt, causing some areas to be choked out with aquatic grass, while others are completely barren.

Anyway, here are some of my favorite redfish lures:

Strike King Rage Shad

Strike King Rage Shad

The Rage Shad is best described as a soft plastic buzzbait. Watching redfish explode on this lure really gets the blood pumping!

I like throwing it around and across thick grass mats in shallow water first thing in the morning.

Matrix Craws

Matrix Craw

I like Matrix Craws because they have awesome action and, when paired with an Owner Flashy Swimmer, essentially become a super weedless spinnerbait.

Redfish can't resist them! See it for yourself here.

Matrix Shad

Vortex Shad Purple Haze

Where would we be without the venerable Matrix Shad?

It's a versatile soft plastic that can be put on a spinnerbait, rigged weedless or the old fashioned way: with a jighead.

Big Bite Baits Super Shad

Big Bite Baits Super Shad

Big Bite Baits makes a lot of soft plastic lures that I love. They have quite the selection and the Super Shad is one of them.

I love the "eyes" and thumping action of the tail. I prefer to rig these onto extra wide gap swimbait hooks.

Note These baits are no longer in production.

There are some still left in stock at Tackle Warehouse, but you should know the Suicide Shad has replaced this line of swimbaits.

V&M Thunder Shad

V&M Thunder Shad

Another one of my favorite redfish lures!

It comes impregnated with salt so redfish hold on for that extra split second, giving time to set the hook.

These swimbaits are hardy and inexpensive, opposite of hollow-bodied swimbaits like the Super Shad, which are expensive and don't last long.

Because the bait is larger than a conventional 3" soft plastic, it weighs more and is easy to make a long cast with.

Josh Hall's HD Spinnerbait

Redfish Spinnerbait

This is a heavy-duty spinnerbait designed specifically for redfish, and a great choice for fishing dirty water.

But, there is no point in describing this item in detail, as there is already a product review for it here.


Understand that I am not telling anyone which lures you "must" use!

Instead, I am sharing my favorite redfish lures so you have an idea what works for me and with that information maybe you can make a better decision as to what works for you.

Tight lines, y'all!

Captain Devin

About the Author

Devin is a former fishing guide and lifelong inshore angler. He founded Louisiana Fishing Blog in 2012 to share his ideas as a charter captain and still writes in it today. Since then he's created a fishing university — LAFB Elite — where he teaches inshore anglers how to safely navigate Louisiana's coast and catch more fish.

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