IR Angler Episode 2: Here Come Redfish!

Mark Patterson baitfishes in the Arch Rival Waders and K2 Longsleeve Shirt

Mark Patterson prepares a cast net for schooling mullet in cool October waters.

Mark Patterson introduced me to the art of Red-fishing and I am hooked! Specifically, I’m hooked with a Mustad Circle Hook. Mullet are the lunch of choice for hungry Redfish in North Carolina’s Fall Fishing Season, best presented on a circle hook and Carolina Rig.  This setup allows your bait to swim “freely” and for a feeding fish to hook itself.  All you have to do is wait until Redfish runs, then it’s game on!

With rumors of the redfish bite being back on this Spring I thought I’d share this experience to generate some excitement and motivation for 2015 redfishing.

Mullet on a Mustad Circle Hook

Mullet on a Mustad Circle Hook

As Mark instructed, you want to drop a live mullet just below the line of a dropping or rising tide.  Where we were fishing this was practically right on top of an oyster bed beside a huge spread of marsh grass.  Predatory fish follow baitfish and baitfish run from predatory fish, it’s just about that simple.  And those little baitfish will run into the shallowest of waters to seek cover.  In this case and many others this cover comes in the form of shallow water and structure; marsh grass, oysters, mud.  The Redfish and others like Flounder and Trout will feed at the marsh edge while the flood tide fills into the grass.  Once baitfish hide in the grass so do the Reds follow.  When the ebb tide drains you’ll find the Reds hanging at the edge of the grass, opportunistically munching on delicious and unsuspecting Mullet, Shrimp and Crabs who are dragged out with the tide.


Mark Patterson (left) and me with my first Redfish out of a kayak.

Very well then!

Spencer Cooke, IR Angler

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