Easy to Tie A red drum rig that works and puts fish on sand

Tom Keer

Name the fish species Red Drum, Redfish, Reds, or Spot-Tailed Bass, the important part is that they are running now. Here are some red drum fishing tackle that are easy to tie up and add more fish to the sand.

1. Three-way red drum rig

Your standing line is connected to one eye of a three-way swivel joint, a pyramid plate with the second swivel eye and a monofilament leader and a circular hook with the third swivel eye. Adjust your sinker weight to suit the speed of the current (between 1 and 3 ounces is best) and the rig to keep your bait right on the bottom. The best fishing lure for a three-way rig is menhaden or mullet. Crabs and blood worms work well too.

2. Fish Finder Red Drum Rig

If you’re using live bait, try a fish finder rig. Your leash leads through a sliding sinker to a bead stopper and a swivel. Drop a pyramid circuit board from the sliding circuit board sleeve. Attach a leader and hook it to the free end of the swivel and you’re good to go. If you don’t have a sliding sinker in your tackle box, simply run your leash through an egg sinker to the pearl and the swivel. It will work just as well. Live bait works best on a fishfinder rig because red wines pick up the bait without feeling the sinker. Some of the best red drum baits include menhaden, mullet, sardines, and pinfish.

3. Red drum bait

What makes fishing for red drums so addicting is that they hit hard, especially when they’re in thin water. Rapala’s Skitter Walk and Yozuri’s Articulated Crystal Minnows make great topwater baits. To get just below the surface, try a bomber saltwater mullet. Fly tobogganists like crab and shrimp patterns as much as little gold spoons.

Use drum fishing tackle with bait or bait and flies. Their selection is as diverse as the name of the fish. Only go fishing while it’s hot! Don’t waste any more time and find a great place to fish this colorful species of fish.

Tom Keer

Tom Keer is an award-winning writer living on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He is a columnist for the Upland Almanac, a contributing writer for Covey Rise magazine, a contributing editor for Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America, and a blogger for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing program. Keer is a regular contributor to over a dozen outdoor magazines on topics including fishing, hunting, boating, and other outdoor activities. When not fishing, Keer and his family hunt highland birds over their three English setters. His first book, A New England Coast Fly Fishing Guide, was published in January 2011. Visit him at www.tomkeer.com or www.thekeergroup.com.