Fishing the Summer Pattern For Redfish
Summertime presents definite changes in all types of fishing. That’s especially true when it comes to Redfishing. Legend of Saltwater Fishing member, Captain Lee Parsons of Topsail Beach, NC brings nearly 50 years of saltwater fishing experience to this topic. In the article below, he shares details of how you should approach the changes in the Redfish feeding habits that are impacted by what is known as the summer pattern.
First and foremost use the right bait. During the summer pattern, the Redfish are far more particular when it comes to feeding. Their feeding process actually slows down due to the heat and the fish become selective with what they eat. That means that you need to be feeding them the right bait. It can range from live shrimp to various plastics and in certain situations the right topwater lure.
Next would be determining the best location during the summer pattern. My favorite is the flats in about 18 inches of water or less. Shallow water means less depth for the bait to run. I usually come armed with a baitwell filled with live shrimp. Seeing live shrimp breaking water is a good sign that I’ve come to the right place. Another place that Redfish frequent during the summer pattern is the marsh grass. You find them tailing the shallow water with their heads down looking for food. The inshore docks will still hold Redfish, especially those docks close to the inlet due to the increased amount of moving water.
During the summer pattern, the Redfish will move around due to a number of other factors like the change in salinity. You need to keep this in mind during periods of lack of rainfall or extreme rainfall. Redfish have a window of salinity level that they seek and reside in. The amount of rain or lack of rain will many times determine how close to inlets they will be gathering and feeding.
These are all important factors that you need to consider while Redfishing when the summer arrives. It can require a change in bait selection, location selection, and lure selection. The ever-changing summer conditions make Redfish seek the best environment for the day. They are always on the move looking for the best spot to live and feed.