Rigging a fishing line for redfish can be a bit tricky since their size ranges significantly. Redfish have to be a minimum of 16 inches long in order to keep them, but bull redfish can measure all the way up to 50 inches long. This makes rigging a bit complicated since you don’t need a particularly heavy duty line in order to catch most smaller redfish but if you’re fishing specifically for bull redfish you’ll definitely want a larger line.
The Best Pre-Tied Redfish Fishing Rigs
If you’re not interested in tying your own redfish rig then you can order them pre-tied at pretty good prices. Below are a list of a couple rigs we’ve reviewed and when you should use them.
- Carolina Drum Redfish Rigs (3 Pack) is the best Carolina rig for small to medium sized redfish (16-28 inches).
- Eagle Claw 48″ Lazer Sharp Redfish Rig is the best fishing rig for larger bull redfish.
1. Carolina Drum Redfish Rigs (3 Pack) – Best for Carolina Fishing Rig
- Comes in a pack of 3.
- 8/0 Circle Hook.
- 80lb fluorocarbon leader line.
- 3oz sinker.
- 150lb crane swivel.
- Price: Check Price
If you plan on fishing for larger bull refish then this is the rig for you. With an 80lb fluorocarbon leader line and a massive 150lb crane swivel, this rig is easily the strongest and most heavy duty pre-tied rig on the market today. Tied in a carolina rig style, this rig is also a great choice for catfish – just keep in mind these weights are pretty heavy so you may need a sturdy pole.
- Great for any size redfish.
- Sold in a pack of three.
- Can also be used to fish for catfish.
- Can’t be purchased individually.
2. Eagle Claw 48″ Lazer Sharp Redfish Rig – Best for Quality Craftsmanship & Durability
- 2 rigs per pack.
- Size 7/0 hook.
- 48 inches long.
- Price: Check Price
Eagle Claw is a prodigious manufacturer of a variety of fishing tackle and this product is a very high quality example of that. Designed to catch any size redfish you’re likely to encounter, this rig can easily handle anything you throw at it with it’s very heavy duty line and quality craftsmanship.
- Perfect for larger redfish.
- Comes in a pack of 2.
- Very high quality craftsmanship & Durability.
- Quite inexpensive for a set of two quality fishing rigs.
- May not be well suited for smaller redfish.
How to Make a Fishing Rig for Redfish
Unlike many of the other rigs on this site, redfish fishing rigs are extremely simple to tie. Keep in mind, however, that if you’re planning on catching very large bull redfish you’ll definitely want to go with a 40-50 lb line instead of the sizes we list below. For average fisherman that plan to be fishing nearer to the shore you should have no trouble with the sizes we list below, however.
We recommend using a braided fishing line that is rated for around 25 pounds as that should be enough for most redfish. This fishing line provides excellent casting and there’s very, very little stretch. For big bull redfish you may want to go as high as 50 pounds.
Any size between 20-25 pounds should be perfect for the vast majority of Redfish you’ll encounter.
This darter jig is both extremely durable thanks to it’s composite construction and boasts realistic eyes and colors that are proven to attract redfish.
The ‘Berkley Gulp!’ is some of the best artificial baits on the market and are soaked in a very powerful fish attractant that has proven more effective than most living baits. This artificial shad will work wonders for both attracting and hooking redfish.
Riptail makes an excellent barrel swivel though if you have your own you can use them as well.
Tying a Rig for Redfish
This rig is extremely easy to tie and should work well for most non-bull sized redfish:
- Cut 9 inches of your 20-25 lb. leader line.
- Use a clinch knot to tie the leader line to your barrel swivel.
- Tie the other end of your leader line to your jig head.
- Tie your main line to the other end of the barrel swivel.
- Attach your artificial shad bait to the jig’s hook. Do so by pressing the hook directly into the center of your bait and keep pressing until the entire bend of the hook is inside the bait. Then simply slide the bait around the shank allowing the hook to pop out. Make sure the bait completely covers the shank so your bait will swim properly in the water.
This is an extremely effective rig that should work well for catching most redfish you’re likely to see. If you’re planning on fishing for bull redfish that are 40+ pounds then you may need to upgrade to a stronger line strength.