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Old 03-08-2013, 08:29 AM   #1
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Hello all. I have caught many redfish over the years from the old Pensacola bridge, off various piers, and from boats. I have not attempted to catch a big bull from the surf before. I would really appreciate a few tips if any of you could help me plan my approach.

I will be staying at Ft. Pickens next week. What beach would you recommend I try, and what time of day/night would produce the best shot at some bulls? What setup would you use for your bait as well? Thanks for any help you guys can offer. Hopefully I will follow this up next week with some victorious photos.
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:51 AM   #2
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First off you have a couple miles of beach at ft pickens at your disposel. i use sand fleas and shrimp for bait. fish in between the sand bars and where the rip current is going out. use a caroline rig set up.
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:59 AM   #3
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I would fish shrimp in a run out. Last one I caught was in the evening on a double rig.
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:26 PM   #4
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I haven't done any surf fishing yet, so im not shy to admit that I have lots of questions. Once you locate a good rip, rig you bait, and cast into your desired spot.... do you just let your bait sit on the bottom for long periods of time before either getting a bite or checking your bait? Or are you supposed to give your bait a few twitches every now and then and make it move/jump?
I assume that you just leave it in the rod holder and only check it periodically unless you get a bite, but I am not sure.
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Using shrimp is good and all. But, after fishing the pass at Ft. Pickens they chose cut mullet over anything i threw out there. (Menhaden and shrimp). I can't fish the surf because i don't have waders but, the pass has produced a 37in red for me last week. I also caught a smaller shark off of shrimp. Menhaden is redfish candy. Just make sure your hook is up to size with your bait. I use 7/0-8/0 circle hooks and rarely ever do I lose one. Also use flourocarbon leaders i don't care what people tell you redfish can see the leaders.

I would recommend using some steel leaders on your poles because an occasional shark does come through and give you a run and usually bites right through your flouro leaders. Goodluck!
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halthetool I'm new to Redfish as well. Last sept i was fishing the bayside in Pensicola. I was actually hoping for a shark to pick up my bait but 2 reds and a ray got it instead. I was using a live Pinfish hooked through the tail. I used wire leaders and obviously they liked em good enough. I agree with AVIDfisherman, the larger hooks seem to work bout for sharks and reds. Sorry Im not much help but Ima noob as well
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There are so many bulls running running the beach right now that finding a rip isn't necessary. Plus good luck finding one at the beach this.weekend! Haha but if you.can it definitely won't hurt! All I do is Carolina rig a peice of cut mullet with a 7/0 circle and 2 ounce egg.sinker. just.enough.wait to keep it still. Throw out past first sandbar and let it.sit. very important to throw it between sandbars. Set pole in holder with a LOOSE drag and wait! Early afternoon has shown a better bite for me. Btw if u do find a rip bring a pompano rig and throw it out
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+1 on waiting game; let it sit and soak.
if you have another setup, you can do the 'twitch' or top-water 'pluggin' as you never know what's close by.
catch 'em up.
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There are so many bulls running running the beach right now that finding a rip isn't necessary. Plus good luck finding one at the beach this.weekend! Haha but if you.can it definitely won't hurt! All I do is Carolina rig a peice of cut mullet with a 7/0 circle and 2 ounce egg.sinker. just.enough.wait to keep it still. Throw out past first sandbar and let it.sit. very important to throw it between sandbars. Set pole in holder with a LOOSE drag and wait! Early afternoon has shown a better bite for me. Btw if u do find a rip bring a pompano rig and throw it out
I havent got to enjoy this yet. I dont have any waders so getting my bait where you are talking about doesnt exactly work.
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If you don't have waders go during low tide. You should be able to walk it out far without getting too wet. Try and read the surf to judge the best spot to put it and try to get it out as deep as possible. I use cut mullet as bait, works every time. I don't use Carolina rigs. I setup using about 2-3' of 30lbs fluorocarbon as a leader with a khale or circle hook. Good luck.
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