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#3734786 - 07/24/09 10:19 PM best bait in the surf for bull reds
bigsix Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 07/12/09
Posts: 14
Loc: nacogdoches,tx
guys, please weigh in on the best bait for big reds in the surf. ive had the best luck on cut shad followed by mullet. people say small crabs work well too but never had any luck with them.

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#3734885 - 07/24/09 10:42 PM Re: best bait in the surf for bull reds [Re: bigsix]
waverider Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 05/16/09
Posts: 89
Loc: Fort Worth, TX
Mullet or cut Whiting are great for bull reds.

Cheers,

tp

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#3734987 - 07/24/09 11:13 PM Re: best bait in the surf for bull reds [Re: waverider]
oldsaltyone Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 07/10/09
Posts: 141
Loc: Matagorda County
I don't fish the surf much anymore but I can remember doing better on the bulls if there were pogies (shad) around that I could cast net. I used them cut in chunks. I remember one night on the banks of Pass Cavallo when a school of bull reds ran pogies completely out of the water, up onto the shoreline. The sand was littered with flopping pogies. We caught bull reds till we didn't want to catch anymore. Dammm, I need to do that again!

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#3735070 - 07/24/09 11:51 PM Re: best bait in the surf for bull reds [Re: oldsaltyone]
Green Water Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 12/09/05
Posts: 2563
Loc: Dallas/Galveston
Crab is the best bait for reds in Fall/Winter..

Otherwise cut bait is 2nd.

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#3736260 - 07/25/09 02:57 PM Re: best bait in the surf for bull reds [Re: Green Water]
CIRCLEHOOK Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 04/18/09
Posts: 48
golden croaker...cut off its head at the front of the dorsal fin.

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#3738429 - 07/26/09 12:31 PM Re: best bait in the surf for bull reds [Re: CIRCLEHOOK]
Speckled Horn Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 07/25/09
Posts: 6
Loc: Cypress, TX
Honestly, this time of year, I don't think it makes that big a difference. However, I'll defer to some of you that specialize in surf fishing for reds. All I know is the reds are going to be staging in the surf and near the passes soon. I remember one night in late August or early September anchoring in the North channel heading out of San Luis Pass - casting to the shallow bar...we caut 39 reds in 1.5 hours on cut mullet. Magical experience. I don't think it would have made a difference if we were throwing mullet/pogies/croaker or shoe leather. If it was in front of their face, they ate it.

Good luck to all!!

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#3738847 - 07/26/09 02:59 PM Re: best bait in the surf for bull reds [Re: Speckled Horn]
LandPirate Offline
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Registered: 04/13/09
Posts: 5343
Loc: Buda/Port A
I usually have no trouble at all in catching my limit of reds on live mullet. Carolina rigged with a circle hook and 1 oz. egg sinker about 3 ft above the hook. Hook the mullet through the tail.
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Buda/Port Aransas, TX

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#3739654 - 07/26/09 07:57 PM Re: best bait in the surf for bull reds [Re: LandPirate]
hoggwild Offline
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Registered: 01/16/09
Posts: 1161
Loc: Outskirts of College Station
How good is the fishing off the seawall in Galveston for bull reds..or just reds and specs in general...ill be down there in 2 weekends to do the family moody gardens thing and want to hit the surf up in the early morning and late evenings and into the night...
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#3740747 - 07/27/09 07:51 AM Re: best bait in the surf for bull reds [Re: hoggwild]
NacogdochesBassm Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 05/06/05
Posts: 2244
Loc: nacogdoches, texas
big mullet head, its like candy for reds.

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#3745229 - 07/28/09 01:46 AM Re: best bait in the surf for bull reds [Re: NacogdochesBassm]
IgotSNAGGED Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/29/09
Posts: 2543
Loc: Dallas, TX
candy for reds, or small sharks

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#3746628 - 07/28/09 12:00 PM Re: best bait in the surf for bull reds [Re: IgotSNAGGED]
frogallen Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 07/28/09
Posts: 3
Loc: Clear Lake City Houston
I caught a 4 foot bull shark last Friday off the beach at Terramar.

We will be back down the end of August and would love to snag a few reds.

Rodney
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#3751702 - 07/29/09 01:29 PM Re: best bait in the surf for bull reds [Re: frogallen]
PerchTrout Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 07/29/09
Posts: 137
Live Mullet I agree

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#3756689 - 07/30/09 02:05 PM Re: best bait in the surf for bull reds [Re: IgotSNAGGED]
Bluwave Mike Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 07/18/03
Posts: 3971
Loc: Kaufman County
Cut crab or bull mullet with the tail cut off.
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#3757200 - 07/30/09 03:32 PM Re: best bait in the surf for bull reds [Re: Bluwave Mike]
always fishin Offline
Angler

Registered: 05/08/09
Posts: 469
Loc: galveston tx
i think small whiting cut in half at a angle so the guts hang out hook them through the nose cast them and hold on for the fight.

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#3763222 - 08/01/09 12:43 AM Re: best bait in the surf for bull reds [Re: always fishin]
tail_chaser Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 07/28/09
Posts: 5
head of small skipjack seems to work pretty well for me


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