When you’re on the water, always be on the lookout for schooling redfish that are targeting baitfish like menhaden and mullet. If you catch them in a feeding frenzy, it really doesn’t matter what bait you cast in their direction as long as it’s moving. I prefer single hooks, however, because it takes too long to remove treble hooks so you can make the next cast.
Another great thing about redfish is you can catch them in various locations, including ankle-deep water in the estuaries. Here, you can see the fish’s tail fin protruding from the water as it probes for a meal that may include baitfish, small crabs, and shrimp. Redfish will also hang out along the front beach, and surf anglers may hook one at any time of the year. Look for the deeper holes along the beach to find redfish and speckled trout. Both species will hit minnow or shrimp imitation baits, live shrimp, and small croakers.
Redfish in Alabama come in a wide range of sizes, from the legal limit of 16-inch minimum to the bull red size of more than 26 inches. To ensure the redfish population remains robust, Alabama instituted fishing regulations establishing a slot limit on redfish of 16 to 26 inches with a daily bag limit of three fish. Anglers can keep one fish longer than 26 inches per day, but I recommend just snapping several photos and returning the fish to the water to procreate the next generation.