Gulf Coast Fisherman Magazine Vol 39 No 2 - Spring 2015 | Page 32

Shallow Reds (Continued from page 14.) to respond to either of the first two techniques, we go to Plan C – a weedless rigged Berkley Gulp Shrimp or Jerkbait,” Randazzo said. “Here, we accomplish several key goals. We want the lure to stop/pause in the fish’s scope of vision. If the fish doesn’t see the lure at some point he usually won’t engage it. Therefore, we use the weedlesss rig to allow us to set it on the bottom a few feet ahead of a slow moving redfish.” “We wait for the fish to approach the lure, given his angle and speed. We may have to twitch it ever so slightly to get the attention of the redfish if he doesn’t see it at first – just enough to say, ‘look over here.’ If we move the lure, we don’t want it to be hung in the grass; we want it to stay clean and not get lost in the muck.” The reason Randazzo uses the Gulp bait as his closer is that their scent keeps “fishing” even when left stationary. Even spooky reds, he said, will zero in on the enticing aroma, so this gives him and his anglers every opportunity to attract the not-so-eager fish. Holeman adds a few bait tips of his own. First, gold spoons are renowned for their search bait prowess and windcheating castability, but reds get wise to them after seeing too many. When he wants the dynamics and performance of a weedless spoon without the flash liability, Holeman spray paints the lure black. Reds don’t seem to mind the da