The redfish should begin to bunch up together, leading to bigger schools roaming the flats. This can lead to some epic days, often with multiple fish hooked up at once. With the crystal clear water we have been seeing, it should make locating these fish a bit easier. However, with that crystal clear water your approach and rigging will need to be on point to get them to slow down and eat. Be sure to approach them with stealth, remaining conscious of the noise you are making. Don’t come up on them too fast either, you don’t want to alert them of your presence.
While the braided line strength we choose may vary from 10#-20#, our preferred leader strength is usually 25# fluorocarbon. Sometimes conditions may even call for moving down to 20#, especially when using artificial lures. If you want to target them on artificial, anything that mimics a baitfish will be your best bet. Paddle tails on jigheads, swimbaits rigged weedless, or a suspending twitchbait will all do the trick.
However, there is no substitute for a live greenback this time of year. If you can load up your live well with these and throw a scoop of chummers out to these fish you are likely to end up with sore arms. A 2/0 or 3/0 circle hook is usually perfect when tied on the end of a 3’ piece of 25# fluorocarbon leader.