Trolling for Redfish
A shallow draft boat, which can also be poled, works well for trolling. In fact, in some regions, being able to pole the boat is required. Check out the sidebar for one such location. The redfish can hear and see boats, so as you approach their area, it's probably best to turn off the motor. (This skill of redfish explains some anglers' preference for wading -- it's much less obtrusive. [source: Florida Outdoors])
There are places where the grasses are too thick for trolling, where doing so would definitely damage the motor. Be prepared to change your plans for trolling if necessary. And be certain that someone is paying attention to the depth of the water.
Slow trolling is one method of catching redfish. For example, outside Mississippi's barrier islands, large schools of redfish congregate during the months of August and September. Charter fishing boats are out in force. When a school has been spotted -- generally feeding -- the word is passed around by means of VHF radio. After spotting the fish, it's important to stay in a big circle along the outer edge of the school, rather than running through the school. This keeps the redfish on the surface, where they are more easily caught. This is the time to slow to a near-idle speed and allow the bait to sink. You will want to take your fishing rod from its holder and move the tip up and down to keep the spoons fluttering. [source: Brodie]
You've got your boat and your pole. But how do you rig for redfish? Read on for some rigging tips.