Salty Bay Bait's Red Devil 101
By: J. Dwayne Smith
As redfish tournament anglers, Lee Padrick and I demand lures that are durable and effective. We had a vision of creating a lure that throws long in windy conditions, catches multiple fish without falling apart, and puts the hammer down on reds. With the help of Salty Bay’s design team, our vision became a reality with the introduction of the Red Devil. We have extensively field tested the lure and made many adjustment to the initial design to perfect what we believe is one of the finest plastic lures on the market. Then, we paired the Red Devil with an extremely sharp Salty Bay jighead. This combination’s aerodynamic design cuts the air like a European sports car; subsequently, longer cast and a higher probability of catching your targeted inshore species. This lure and jighead combination meets the demands of The Redfish guys and we are confident it will exceed yours.
Here are our top 5 favorite ways to fish the Red Devil:
- Use 15 lbs. braid tied with a Red Phillips knot to 20 lbs. fluorocarbon leader. Tie the Salty Bay jig head to the Fluorocarbon Leader with a Palomar knot. Cruise along shallow water flats casting into “potholes” or edges of a grass line with a medium speed retrieve….set hook hard!
- 10-15 lbs. braid tied directly to an oval or concaved popping cork using a standard fishing knot. Tie 12” to 18” of 30 lbs. fluorocarbon leader with a standard fishing knot to the popping cork. Then tie a Salty Bay jighead to the leader with a Palomar knot. Cast to the edges of oyster bars and current breaks…Pop, pop, let it sit for 10-15 seconds and repeat.
- 6-10 lbs. braid tied with a Red Phillips knot to 10 lbs. monofilament leader. Tie a Salty Bay jighead to the monofilament leader with a Palomar knot. Locate a creek mouth that flows out onto a shallow flat that has a drop off of at least 4’. Anchor up on the flat and fish the drop off for flounder and trout with a medium to slow retrieve.
- Follow the rigging tips of #3 but throw the Red Devil under docks for flounder with a slow retrieve.
- Finally, my favorite way to fish the Red Devil – sight casting a shallow water sand flat. Follow the rigging tip #1. Wait for a dropping tide on a sunny day after 9 am and fish the flat from an elevated position with polarized sunglasses. Cast to every noticeable dark spot and displacement of water for reds and trout.