Super shallow boats are not needed to sight fish redfish! This obvious fact is how I know.
Conventional knowledge dictates you need a shallow-running boat to stalk bronze-backs in brackish ponds.
After all, redfish are typically found in that kind of water, where they patrol shorelines and aquatic grasses to ambush prey.
Surely, pursuing them in a heavy boat could spell disaster once the tide drops!
But is this really the case?
I don’t believe so, and to prove it I’ll reveal what veteran redfish tournament anglers run.
You can see what the pros are running by looking at their bios on the Elite Redfish Series website.
These aren’t small boats!
The Triton alone drafts 13″, the Haynie and GTS twelve inches.
Still don’t believe me? Watch this video of this bay boat doing just fine in a duck pond (note the blind).
Because they need to get across larger bodies of water.
A tournament held out of Biloxi, Mississippi will have competitors crossing the Mississippi Sound, even if the wind is bad.
A larger boat is required to do this effectively (and safely).
Contrary to popular belief, great redfish action isn’t found in a foot or less of water.
In fact, my best days of sight fishing were in ponds two to four feet deep.
Twenty-four inches is plenty to draft a bay boat and run a trolling motor, isn't it?
You really don’t need a boat drafting ten inches or less for great redfish action.
It certainly helps, but it’s the angler who makes the fishing trip happen, not the equipment.
Don't take years to learn these things:
This course, like Inshore Fishing 101, has answered all of those questions I wanted to ask, including questions I did not know to ask!
I loved the videos of being out on the water and catching fish, the boat setup videos, and how the course was not vague.
Devin is the founder of Louisiana Fishing Blog and enjoys exploring new fishing spots on Louisiana's coast. He prefers using artificial lures and casting tackle, but won't hesitate to break out a popping cork when the time is right.
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