How Do You Rig a Fishing Pole for Redfish?

Rigging a fishing pole for redfish can be both an art and a science. The right combination of bait, hook, and line can make all the difference when it comes to catching these prized game fish.

The first step in rigging a pole for redfish is to choose the right bait. Live shrimp and cut bait are two of the most popular choices when fishing for redfish. Live shrimp should be hooked through the head or tail, while cut bait should be hooked through the middle to maximize scent dispersal in the water.

Next, you will need to select the right hook for your bait. For live shrimp, a size 2 or 4 circle hook is recommended.

For cut bait, a size 1/0 or 2/0 hook works best. It is important to use sharp hooks so that they will penetrate easily into the fish’s flesh when it takes the bait.

The last step in rigging your pole for redfish is selecting the right line strength and type of line for your setup. Monofilament line is usually recommended since it has great stretch and flexibility, which helps reduce snags on structure or other obstacles on the bottom of rivers or lakes where you may be fishing. For redfish, 20-30 lb monofilament line works well since it provides enough strength to fight these powerful fish without breaking easily when they take off with your bait.

When you have chosen your bait, hook, and line setup you can begin fishing for redfish with confidence that you have done everything possible to increase your chances of success. By following these simple steps you can have a successful day out on the water chasing after these amazing game fish!


Rigging a fishing pole for redfish requires careful selection of bait, hook size and type of line strength that best suits your setup. Live shrimp and cut bait are two popular choices when fishing for these prized game fish; using sharp hooks increases their effectiveness as does using strong monofilament lines like 20-30 lb test.

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Daniel Bennet