Gulf Coast Fisherman Magazine Vol 39 No 2 - Spring 2015 | Page 6
by David A. Brown
STALKING SHALLOW REDS
Patience, Perception Key
hen redfish are fired up,
pushing water, tailing and
feeding with reckless
abandon, it’s a thing of beauty. As long
as you don’t run up on them or sling an
anchor overboard, you’ll have a good
time playing “stretch-the-string.”
But that’s not always the case.
Sometimes reds become disinterested,
persnickety, and downright spooky.
When this occurs, anglers often flake out
and start scrambling to make something
happen. Suffice it to say, that’s not the
way to save the ball game.
Rather, an understanding of why reds
stop cooperating and how you can
overcome this frustration will better serve
your pursuit. Summarily, you’ll need to
slow down, minimize your presence and
infuse the fishing tactics with a dash of