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what i learned at the redfish jubilee

What I Learned at the Redfish Jubilee

If redfish are there, they will definitely bite. Or is that wrong?

In this previous article I shared my experience at the Redfish Jubilee.

No, I did not go to catch!

Instead, I went to learn, so that I may become better at catching.

Smashing concentrated redfish with a spark plug and dead shrimp does not get my blood flowing like it used to.

But what I discovered kinda did. Just watch this video:



That’s a lot of redfish!

You can see them stacked on top of one another.

They are stacked there because dropping water levels and temperature forced them there.

Otherwise they could die in a fish kill, like what we have seen in Myrtle Grove that same day.

But I noticed something…

There were bank fishermen on each side of the bayou, casting into the redfish with the best redfish bait in the world: dead shrimp on a jighead.

And you know what’s shocking?

They weren’t catching anything.

Besides a couple rat reds, I didn’t see any fish come out of the water. This was really weird, considering I was marking a butt-ton (an actual unit of measurement used by inshore anglers) on the graph.

So this leads to new theories:

Theory 1

They weren’t all reds, but also mullet mixed in (dissection of redfish stomachs caught at Jubilee could tell more)

Theory 2

They were mostly reds, and they weren’t all eating.

Some were still adjusting to the shock of the temperature change.

This is kinda like how eating a burger is the last thing on your mind when you’re trying to get out of bad weather.

It makes sense to me that fish become inactive and simply don’t eat.

I have seen this sight fishing redfish.

Quick Note

Sight fishing redfish is an incredible boost to one’s inshore education.

This is because you see everything happening, right there in front of you.

No guessing, you watch each fish species behave and react to different conditions.

All the shortcuts to kickass sight fishing are what I reveal inside Sight Fishing Mastery School.

Anyways, when the water levels drop and it gets super cold, I’ve seen redfish go into “survival mode” where they don’t really eat.

Water temps for this “survival mode” are the low to mid 40s.

Very few redfish eat when they are in this mode.

They become what we sight-anglers refer to as “spooky” behavior, meaning they are easily scared by anything.

The most perfect approach and presentation will send the majority of them running, or simply refusing the bait.


Focusing less on catching and more on learning may not be that fun in the short term, but it will increase your catching over the long term.

This is because you will notice things you previously weren’t looking for, and doing so expands your understanding of the marsh and species you are pursuing.

When you do that, you reach new levels allowing you to locate your own “redfish jubilee” minus the crowd and added fishing pressure.

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About the Author Devin Denman

Devin is the founder of Louisiana Fishing Blog and enjoys exploring new fishing spots on Louisiana's coast. He loves alligators but is terrified of cockroaches.

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  • Gary says:

    Never woulda thought they dont bite like that wow

  • Devin Denman says:

    Yup! Crazy, isn’t it?

  • John Castelluccio, Jr. says:

    Capt. D.: Why was your Lowrance set on “800Hz”??? John Castelluccio, Jr.

  • Devin Denman says:

    Hey John, good question.

    That’s the frequency Lowrance downscan uses.

    Because it’s higher, it is capable of providing more detail on a target than traditional “2D” sonar does.

    I hope that answers your question!

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