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I am soon going to start fishing marshes, creeks, oyster beds, and shallow water in general for redfish and trout (and flounder why not).

I'd like to get a discussion going on proven artificial lures for targetting these species in these environment. Or maybe others prefer to use live bait rigs, which I would be interested to learn about as well.
 

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I like mirro lures , jigs with plastic tails (mostly grubs and shrimp tails) and 1/2oz Johnson sprite spoons, but you should here plenty of other choices. I doubt mirro lure has made a plug that someone somewhere doesn't consider their favorite trout lure. I fish mirrolures more at night and cooler weather so the 52m's are mostly what I use, but I would recommend a selection of 5's and top dogs if you are going to fish the shallows early and late in the day. 52's when they are a little deeper along with a gold or silver spoon. When they are deeper yet, out comes the grubs and trout tails. Reds (puppy drum) will attack a wide variety of plugs but topwaters are more fun and allow you to fish that real shallow water. Grubs and tails I use mainly when they are deep, but they are very versatile and catch flounder as well as reds and trout. (any of these lures will) Jig and tail colors I like are red/white, white/pink, red/green and rootbeerw/ gold flakes in the tail. Mirrolure colors I use are 11,12,18,19,28,51,54,702,704,750,802,chg,and hot pink/silver/hot pink #? Although I have a dozen others just in case. ''WHATS IN YOUR BOX???" BAITS 4"-8" POGIES AND MULLET:)
 

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sinker man --- You been peeking into my tackle closet? Good choices! My all time favorite lure for all depths is: The 4 inch FIN-S fish (made by Lunker City)on 1/4 oz. lead head. All else fails match the shade of lure with water color, many bait fish are like chameleons and take on the color of water they swim in.

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Yes Pablo, buzz baits too! Some of the more popular bass style lures for reds and trout are zara spooks, rattle traps mann's minus-1 and rattling suspending rouges. The spinner bait and buzz baits are really catching on though. The plugs I named all have saltwater versions. Super spook jr.s are pretty darn good in my opinion. I just haven't been using them as long. BTW , whats up with wed. nite chats?

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Just got my tarpon 120 (see photo of it in thread "Yak fishing NC coast") and it took out this past weekend. It was awesome.

I put in at the harkers island bridge, planning to paddle to the middle marshes to fish for drum.

As I was paddling there, I was trolling a yozuri cristal minnow, and it wasn't 10 mins before my first hookup. How exciting to troll from a kayak!

What I thought was a small tarpon turned out to be a 30 inch ladyfish. Fun stuff when they jump all over the place.

It wasn't long after that when a nice bluefish hit the same lure.

I ended up not making it to the middle marshes, so I pulled into some small grassy islands not far from the bridge, pulled out my Johnson Sprite weedless spoon (as recommended, thank you very much!) and bam, caught a keeper puppy drum.

Not bad for my first kayak fishing trip.

I am loving it.
 
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