Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Search for Tailing Redfish

Many anglers mistakenly believe that they have never seen a tailing redfish before. The truth is, this is something they very likely have witnessed before and just not realized it at the moment.

Redfish are usually located in places where the water is going to be a bit shallower than normal. Usually, this is on a tide that is either incoming or outgoing.

If you are determined to do your fishing in a certain place and find that you are fairing rather well in that area, always try to remember that specific location as redfish tend to prefer. The next time you plan to fish, it is extremely possible that the redfish will also be returning to this spot year after year as well.

The redfish mouth is shaped perfectly for feeding on the floors of the ocean. It’s large and rather blunt snout sticks out beyond the mouth. If you were to watch as one of these fish are feeding just underneath the waves, it would be rather entertaining to see it push along its nose through the sand and silt as it searches for food. Sometimes the redfish will be so intent on searching the floor of the water that they end up in a completely vertical position. This is when their tails can be seen as they stick out from the water’s surface. As you can imagine, this is how the term “tailing” was coined.

If you are about to cast your lure in the hopes of getting a tailing redfish to take it, you must first closely observe in what direction you suspect the fish are essentially headed. If you happen to cast your bait and it lands behind them, chances are you won’t get much of a reaction. If you happen to spot a tailing redfish, it is likely that there are many more in the vicinity since they travel in schools. Try to notice these fish as well as where they are facing can be a clue to where they are headed. Now, cast your lure.

You can cast nearly any small bait or fishing tackle into the path of these fish and they will gladly take you up on your offer extremely quickly. As these fish travel along the ocean’s floor, the prey that they are stalking also moves out of their way. Because of this, they will strike with ferocity at almost anything that catches their eye. If they determine that what they caught is not something they want to eat, they will simply spit it back out.

On days when you are unable to make it out to the water, try out some great online fishing games to keep yourself entertained and your skills sharp.

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