Have a background fishing largemouth and want to try your hand in saltwater?
Well, that’s not as hard of a transition as one would think. A reputation for a strong fight, intelligence, habitat, behavior, and even angling techniques parallel each other.
Being one of the most targeted species of sport fish in the world largemouth bass are often found in weedy, structure filled areas and shallow freshwater bodies of water. Conveniently, redfish thrive for the first part of their lives in shallow flats, structure filled areas, marshes, and estuaries. Despite the fresh/saltwater differences both species practice an ambush-style of hunting, staging near structure, grassy patches, and current breaks.
Targeting redfish with artificial lures or plastics is very similar to bass fishing as well. Paddle tails, flukes, neds, and crawfish patterns work great for both species. Since both are hunters they look for the easy unsuspecting bait. Jigs, topwater plugs, and crank baits also transition great from bass to redfish. Oyster beds, logs and grass lines are fantastic areas to focus for Redfish similar to lily pads and structure for bass.
Fly fishing anglers find parallels in targeting both redfish and largemouth bass as well. Accurate cast near structure or around grass beds are crucial. Redfish, strike flies resembling crabs, shrimp, or baitfish, mirror bass's want to strike towards poppers, streamers, or crawfish patterns. Poppers, clousers, and crustacean flies made with an accurate cast, will mimic and easy meal and translates perfectly from one species to the other to entice a strike.
Redfish and largemouth bass, despite their unique habitats and behaviors, offer anglers a parallel experience. Whether casting artificial lures or presenting flies, the similarities in their hunting techniques and the adrenaline rush of the catch serves as a reminder of what brings anglers to our waters time and time again.
~ Capt. Conner
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