How to use Hard Bait, Jigs, and Chatterbait to Catch Redfish & Trout
written by staff writer
When it comes to fishing structure - Capt. C. A. Richardson claims Jacksonville, Florida is one of the best spots.
Working the Nassau and St. John’s Rivers with local Eddie Cabler, Richardson used a variety of hard baits, jigs, and chatterbaits to snag some redfish, trout, and flounder.
Richardson used the Z-MAN Diezel Chatterbait for fish lurking nearing submerged cover.
As for hard baits, Richardson said he liked the MirrOlure MirrOlip for its vibration and flash running at 3 to 5 feet deep. The MirrOdine XL smoky sardine also appeals to fish hanging around structures, he said.
Other hard baits that worked were the MirrOlure Catch 2000 twitchbait and the Top Dog Jr. topwater bait. “The topwater was calling fish to the top in as much as 12 feet of water,” Richardson said, and the Catch 2000, a finger mullet imitation, works great around oyster beds for trout and redfish.
Richardson said using a rod with medium action and medium flex is important for using a chatterbait for trout because it allows you time to react to a hit that a stiffer rod wouldn’t.
All in all, Richardson and Cabler had a great day using hard bait, jigs and chatterbait for trout, flounder and redfish in rivers with submerged shelter.