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Inshore Kayak Fishing for Redfish in North Carolina

Think you’d like to try your hand at inshore fishing, but not quite sure how to get started? ANGLR’s turned to yet another ANGLR Expert, Steve Moore, to give the low down on exactly how you can get started inshore kayak fishing for redfish or red drum.

He lets you know what you need to get by, and what you can’t live without. He’ll be sure not to lead you astray, too. He writes the “Kayak Hacks” column for Southern Kayak Fishing Magazine and hosts the popular YouTube channel Kayak Hacks Fishing.

Steve has put together the most comprehensive guide to hunting down redfish from a kayak you can find.

Inshore Kayak Fishing: Introduction

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Moore’s intro sums it all up well: Get educated. It doesn’t matter how avid an angler you are, if you’re entering a new area and have no knowledge, that’s how you’re going to get it! Get yourself to local club meetings, go out with experts that can show you the ropes, and listen to other fishermen.

How to Catch Redfish: Two Revelations

Moore reveals two gems that he discovered about inshore kayak fishing for red drum, and why he’s so gung-ho to share his knowledge and experience with you.

Inshore Kayak Fishing: Where to Catch Redfish

You know they’re there, but where? What strategy should you use to locate the perfect spot to pounce? Moore shows you how to systematically analyze the water before you even head out. He walks you through, step by step, exactly where to target for redfish and at what point. How often have you been into a school of fish, only to have things suddenly dry up with no warning? You know they’ve moved with the tide, but how can you predict when? Moore explains how to pair your experience with the ANGLR App to figure it out.

Inshore Kayak Fishing Gear

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This isn’t what you think. Moore doesn’t just throw a ton of brand names and specs at you, telling you exactly what kayak you ought to buy. He goes deep into the more important aspects of kayak fishing – like safety!

There are risks associated with kayak fishing, especially on inland waters, and there are things you need to know that, believe it or not, are more important than just where to find the fish. He takes you through it all before he even gets into the good stuff.

You don’t need a fancy, expensive kayak to keep up, so Moore clues you in on some common modifications you can make to your own kayak so that you’re ready to head out for a successful day with efficiency, and in comfort.

Redfish Inshore Kayak Fishing Lures, Baits & Tackle

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If you’ve had some experience kayaking, this may be the section you’ve been chomping at the bit for. He teaches you how to consider what red drum are eating in your area. Moore walks you through the entire selection process, from start to finish. So, by the time you’re done, you’ve got a first-rate set-up and you’re ready to nab them.

Top Redfish Inshore Kayak Fishing Tips

These are the little-hidden gems that expert anglers and newbies, alike, look for. Moore shares with you tips that he’s picked up over the years from both his successes and his mistakes. By the time you’re done, you’ll feel like you’ve been there, done that!

Now put it all together with your ANGLR App and Bullseye, so you can track where you found them! That way, you’ll know exactly were to return to and when!

Fishing Intelligence Podcast Ep. 9 | Kayak Redfish With Eric Muhoberac

Welcome to Episode nine of the Fishing Intelligence Podcast! This week I am talking with one of the highest rated guides for kayak fishing in Louisiana, Eric Muhoberac! Eric is the owner of the Louisiana Kayak Company and has won the Guide of the Year award for his fish catching abilities out of a kayak. I had the pleasure of fishing with him during the ANGLR Tour and got my personal best 31” redfish out of a kayak on artificial bait!

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To see the cast to catch of this fish, check out Episode 16 of the ANGLR Tour!

Eric and I started off by talking about what makes Venice, Louisiana the fishing capital of the world. Inshore, you have some of the biggest, meanest redfish in the world and in less than an hour, you can be fishing for massive Blue Marlin that don’t even require a full offshore run. Combine that with a variety of other excellent saltwater game species such as flounder and massive speckled trout, and you can hit an inshore or offshore slam in no time.


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The tidal flats of Venice are some of the most unique terrain in the fishing game and to say that it is overwhelming is an understatement. It takes years of learning and exploring to get comfortable on your own in these vast flats but once you learn them, Eric explained that patterning the redfish comes down to a few simple lure choices.

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His best advice if you are going to be fishing for redfish, you absolutely need a gold spoon and a spinnerbait with chartreuse on it. The gold spoon is a true secret and Redfish weapon, catching more fish for Eric than any other lure he uses. He says that live bait is obviously a good option as well but for a truly unique experience, nothing beats tricking these beautiful giants into taking an artificial.

We finished up the podcast by discussing some of his favorite recipes for when he does want to take a few fish to the grill. The key is to work with fish on the smaller end of the slot and keep it simple. I wouldn’t recommend listening on an empty stomach, however, because these recipes will make you hungry! Make sure to check Eric out at the Louisiana Kayak Company on Facebook and Instagram and use him as your guide if you are in the area!

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Tailing Redfish – Fall Fly Fishing With Guide Matt Crowe

It is a fall day and the summer heat has fallen to cooler, more bearable temperatures and the Redfish are chewing. This is one of the best times of the year to stalk tailing Redfish on the flats, combining hunting and fishing into one sport. Many think the Redfish are off the flats and moving into winter feeding patterns, however they are still feeding heavily on anything they can to beef up before winter. Come winter, the baitfish become scarce and the crabs head to the deep.

There are still plenty of food sources like fiddler crabs, blue crabs, shrimp, and finger mullet on the flats in the fall available for them to eat. If you want to get out on the flats in the fall to fly fish for these hardy fish, there are a few things you must consider. What kind of gear you need, what to look for, and finally, how to deliver the perfect cast and fly pattern to get them to eat!

Tailing Redfish In The Fall: Bring The Right Gear

There are a lot of opinions on the gear you should use when you seek tailing Redfish on the flats, but the truth is, it’s just not that complicated.

You do not need the latest and greatest or the top of the line equipment to target these fish with a fly rod.

Technology has come so far, to the point where even the less expensive, entry-level rods and reels are great at what they do. I repeat you do not need to spend a fortune to get the necessary tools for the job. I recommend an 8 or 9 weight fly rod with an accompanying reel. I personally prefer Temple Fork Outfitters as they make great rods and reels at all different price levels.

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As I said, I personally prefer Temple Fork Outfitters, but Orvis is another great brand for fly fishing gear!

In terms of the business end of the rod and reel, I recommend a tapered leader that’s roughly 10 foot long. Again, this is not a must, anywhere from 8 to 10 foot of tapered leader will do. Your best bet is to have some fly patterns in a box that are appealing to you, things like crab flies, shrimp flies, and even some baitfish flies. The most important thing about fly selection is to pick one you are confident with, this will come with time as you discover your favorite colors and materials.

Don’t Break The Bank

Now, this next piece of “gear” is optional in my opinion, but a boat is certainly a nice thing to have and provides you with a lot of opportunities. That being said, if you are willing to look hard enough, you can find flats accessible by land and sometimes these can be terrific flats. Now, if you do have a boat, or you are looking to get one, you do not need one of the flats boats that are tens of thousands of dollars. They may be nice, but a jon boat or kayak will do just fine.

You can either pole along the flats or tie on some old tennis shoes and walk. I have spent countless fishing trips on the flats in an old pair of shoes tied on real tight and still had success.

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The key is, you must be stealthy in every way, whether you are walking or polling.

My first pole for my little skiff was cut out of my grandpa’s backyard. It was a long, strong and flexible piece of bamboo that held up fine for a while until I was ready to invest in the sport. The point is, you do not need to break the bank to fly fish for tailing Redfish.

What To Look For When Targeting Tailing Redfish

It is incredibly important to understand what you are looking for prior to heading out onto the flats. When you are looking for a flat, you should keep an eye out for small feeder creeks or low spots where fish may be able to swim up onto the flat. These are considered to be access points. Look for creeks with a lot of marshland, you want to find a spot with little grass. The grass that is spread relatively thin and is not too tall allows you to see the fish and travel without much restriction.

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I prefer a flat that is a mixture of sand and mud so that I can walk on it quietly, without sinking to my thighs in mud.

That is another reason to move slowly and take your time, so you can avoid getting stuck or having to make a lot of noise moving as that may spook the fish. If you don’t have time to go scout new flats, hop on the ANGLR app and search for some, this is a great way to find new spots. Use technology to your advantage because now we can view an entire area, mark waypoints and all our fishing spots from a device in our hands… it’s just up to us to find the right spots.

Now that you have geared up properly and found your spot, you must know what you are looking for on the flat. Redfish make distinct movements in the water that you will learn over time. Small disturbances are something you will need to train your eyes to ignore. You will either see a big bronze tail sticking out of the water or a U-shaped wake cruising the flats. The V-shaped wakes are small baitfish that need to be ignored. It is important to keep in mind, once you have spotted the fish, study which direction it is going position yourself to cast quietly. Be careful when getting into position because some fish are spooked easily.

Making The Perfect Cast For Tailing Redfish

When you finally get in the right spot, you are going to have to make a cast which can be quite daunting in the moment. You need to make the cast out in front of the fish by several feet and gently lay the fly where you think the fish is headed.

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I believe it is best to cast in front of and beyond the fish so that you can bring the fly back through its path.

I normally move the fly very slowly and often let it sit. When I think the fish may see it, I will twitch it a little to give it some life. This normally provides a bite from the fish, but if it doesn’t, I would change flies and try either a different pattern or color and give it another go. It is important to note that sometimes the fish just won’t eat. Be sure to keep your eyes out for more as typically when you see one, there will be more nearby.

Now you know what gear you need, what to look for, and how to get in on the action. Use the tools you have to your advantage, go to your local fly shop and talk with other fishermen to learn even more about the Redfish in your area. The more time you spend on the water, the more you will learn and in turn, the more fish you will catch.

I recommend taking note of where you went and what the conditions were as well. Keep track of what flies you used so that you can reference that when planning other fishing trips to help maximize your level of success. Lastly, if you have any questions for me or if I wasn’t clear on something please feel free to reach out.

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Fishing Intelligence Podcast Ep. 8 | Tidal Fishing With Steve Moore

We are now eight episodes into the Fishing Intelligence Podcast and we are back to covering some saltwater fishing! On this week’s episode, Steve Moore joins me as we talk about kayak fishing for Redfish in his hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina. During my time on the ANGLR tour, I was lucky enough to go out and fish with Steve from my Bonafide kayak while he was fishing out of his Jackson Coosa HD pedal drive.

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Needless to say, the pedals kick the paddles butts!

Tidal Fishing and Saltwater Fishing

We started off by talking about how influential the tide is on saltwater fishing. If you go into a tidal area and haven’t taken the time to check out what the tides are doing, chances are you are going to get blanked. The best ways we found to learn the tides were to hire the services of a guide and let him teach you, or to go out and experiment by yourself while taking notes on locations and tide levels when you catch fish.

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Chances are if you catch them in a certain spot at a certain tide, you’ll be able to use this to home in on where the fish are residing at certain times.  Photo Credits: Almanac.com

Fly Fishing vs. Spinning Gear

Steve and I also discussed the differences between targeting fish on the fly and with spinning gear. While we both agree that fly fishing is a more exciting way to target fish, it is much more challenging than spin gear and is easier to utilize when the fish are making themselves visible through tailing or popping on bait.

How To Get Into Kayak Fishing

We finished up the episode by discussing how you can get into kayak fishing. You don’t need to spend all of the money in the world to have an effective rig. A used kayak with DIY builds on it will store all of your gear and hold your rods for a much cheaper price than if you buy a new kayak and all of the storage and rod holders from the shop. One of the best tips that Steve gave in this episode was to use what works.

We also went over some key baits at the end of the episode! Here’s a little secret, for me, my favorite saltwater lure is the Saltwater Assassin Sea Shad paddle tail in Electric Chicken with a ¼ jig head. 

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You will catch all saltwater fish with this rig. Photo Credits: Bassassassin.com

 

For more tips from Steve, check out his YouTube channel Kayak Hacks Fishing and tell him the podcast brought you there!

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