Pro Talk: : Fishing Lights for Pensacola Bull Redfish with Marty Mood

15 Minutes with: Hobie Regional Pro Staff Marty Mood

 

Here’s what we learned. . .

Location: 3 Mile Bridge – Pensacola, FL

Tides: Outgoing

Approach: I can share a report, no big secret there.  I was fishing the “3 mile bridge” that connects downtown Pensacola to Gulf Breeze/Pensacola Beach.  It is a very popular night time spot due to the structure from the bridge and the lights concentrating the fish.  Some nights it is a really good spot to sight fish to Bull Reds in the lights, but that night it was a total washing machine due to E/SE winds coming right down the Bay so making sighting fishing impossible.  Instead, I was using the depth finder to find large concentrations of bait with bigger marks nearby.

Rigging Selection: For targeting these bull redfish in deep water, a super strong jig head is necessary to stay tight. The 3/4oz Barbarian Jig Head was perfect for this application.

Bait Selection: The Hogy® 7inch Original

 

 

 

Why this bait? The profile and size of the 7inch Original is perfect to imitate medium size mullet and sardines that wash out with the tide.

Colors: Bone and Bubble Gum are great.

Retrieve: On this night, the wind and tide were working against each other, which pushed the fish down towards the bottom in 20′ – 28′. The weight of the jig head was necessary to maintain contact around the bottom structure. A normal, lift-pause retrieve was used to temp these fish into biting. On calm nights, its common to see these redfish swimming at the surface. In that case, I would choose to use a lightly weighted hook, like the Hogy® 5/0 Weighted Swim Bait Hook.

 

Outfit:

Kayak: Hobie Pro Angler 14

Reel: Daiwa Ballistic 3000

Reel: 7′ Medium action G-Loomis spinning rod

Line: 30lb Power Pro Braid

Leader: For these heavier redfish 30lb Fluorocarbon tied line to line with a crazy Alberto knot works perfectly.