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Redfin Fishing using Spin Lures & Bait.

Author:     Date Published: 2nd of June 2014 at 03:56am
Redfin Fishing Redfin are one of the most commonly targeted fish in Australia, despite being an introduced species they have thrived in South East Australian river systems for over 100 years and inhabit most dams and lakes in these regions too. With most water bodies here holding redfin, we discuss what makes this fish so sought after and popular with Australian fishermen.

Redfin were introduced to mainland Australia in the mid 1800's, the first stocking occurred in Ballarat Victoria in a water body now known as Lake Wendouree. From this location they were sold for private stocking and shortly afterwards ended up being introduced to the Murray darling system, which distributed them throughout most creeks, rivers and streams in the south east of Australia.

Red fin have excellent table qualities, they are very easy to catch, simple to prepare and able to be filleted without any bones. The taste is better than that of gummy shark and for these reasons they are highly prized by freshwater fishermen all over Australia.

The most common way to catch redfin is with lures, the most popular redfin lures are spin lures, they are very effective due to the vibrations they produce in the water, colour is often not as important as proper functioning of the lure, and although most people will recommend using red lures, we have seen no proof this is required, as red fin have taken lures of all colours, the most important aspect is the weight of the lure for casting and sinking distances, along with the action of the lure. Action can be as simple as cast and retrieve, or for more experienced fishermen they can rise and fall the lure while spinning in the water to grab the attention of hungry redfin.

Soft plastics lures come in a close second, the best way to use soft plastics is normally to cast a long distance then tighten the line, let the lure sink to the bottom then jig the fishing rod vertically, when lowering the rod then reel the line in so that it tightens again, then repeat this process. This keeps the lure on or near the bottom of the water body and the slow retrieve means it has more chance to attract the fish into biting. Soft plastic grub style lures are by far the best to use for redfin, swimmerbaits don't seem anywhere near as effective on this species when bottom jigging, which is the most effective way to catch redfin.

Redfin love to inhabit weed beds where they sit and wait for prey to pass, this can be difficult for a lure fisherman as weeds can easily mean snags. For fishing weed beds that extend out of the water, soft plastics are by far the best choice, for weeds which are submerged with some space on the water above, then spin lures, hard body lures and swimmerbaits can be very effective. In waters without much weed cover submerged or extending out of the water, any lure will be suitable.

Bait fishing for redfin is also somewhat common, the most successful bait by far is regular live earthworms threaded through a long shank hook, with the hook exposed about 1/3rd of the way down the worms body. Another bait that can work well is raw prawns, I prefer to peel the prawn and if the size is large enough, fillet a small section across the prawn meat and thread the shank of the hook through the middle where there is a natural hole in the flesh, then tuck the edge of the hook just under the flesh of the prawn. For smaller prawns you can put them onto the hook whole, shelled or peeled is your choice.

Light weight equipment is usually best for redfin, a highly flexible spin rod with 7lbs line is usually preferred. Fluorocarbon leaders are not required for redfin but fishing with straight fluorocarbon can be preferred by certain people, personally it doesn't seem to make a huge difference and the fact fluorocarbon line sinks faster than regular monofilament can sometimes be a disadvantage, as it can become entangled in weeds easier, diverting the lure from its regular course into a snag. For this reason we recommend regular light weight monofilament at 7lbs for beginners.