Rivers & Glen's Guide to Redfishing on the Coastal South

As spring approaches, so do the anticipated flood tides in the Lowcountry. 

From early spring to late summer in the south we have large tides that cause the water to reach higher in the marsh grass. The tides as well as warmer temperatures create an aquatic environment that is teeming with activity. This causes eager redfish to move into the flats and “tail.”

A tailing redfish is a clear indication that they are eating.  With the tail out of the water their head is usually down in the mud or sand rooting for crabs and any other tasty morsels crawling around.

When it comes to gear, a light tackle spinning rod with an artificial lure is most commonly used in these areas but fly fishing is growing in popularity.  Nowadays it is not uncommon to run across other “fly-curious” anglers on the water.  

Areas to find these fish are in are spartina grass that is only under water at some of the highest tides during the day.  When you approach these fish, whether you are on foot or in a boat, “stealth” is paramount. Redfish are hypersensitive due to pressure from predator species such as porpoise.  

As with any new fishery, it is always great to check your local shops in the area for advice, do’s, and don’ts. We have very large tides in this region which equates to ripping currents on the incoming and outgoing tides. Being stranded on a flat can and will happen if you do not watch the time and water falling out in front of you.  



-Chad Dubose, Manager of Rivers & Glen Trading Company in Savannah, GA


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