Australian Fishing: Luring the Redfin

An article by Ultimate Fishing (

Redfin on soft plastic lure

Among the types of fish in Australia, it is without any doubt that the Redfin is one of the most popular species that is found in Australia’s freshwater ways. The Redfin can be found in abundance throughout most of Australia despite it being an introduced species to the continent.

Anglers are drawn towards the attractive, robust and tasty fish because these species is simply just fun to catch. Attracted to vibrations and disturbances in the water, the Redfin is not as shy as the Trout and Australian Bass that may decide to come out of their safety zone to investigate a fishing lure, but stop short of taking the bait if at all they fail to recognize them as a food source.

In contrast, the Redfin is in the habit of throwing caution to the wind and pounce on a lure simply because it is there and it looks like food. Nevertheless, as most seasoned anglers will tell you, fish do remember their ‘past’, meaning once they have a run in with a lure, they will usually remember the experience and avoid lures and some even go the extent of associating vibrations or disturbances in the water with danger – which keeps them from being caught again.

It is due to this fact that, sometimes the only way to catch a good sized Redfin is by using bait or by switching between spin lures, using regular soft plastic lure is also known to work – at times. As it is with most ‘fishing scenarios’ fishing in an area that is not fished often (meaning the fish in the area are not aware of the dangers fishing lures represent, spin lures or even soft plastics for that matter could produce a significant number of catches.

The Redfin is predominantly active during the day and inactive at night and thus fishing for them after sunset would not yield much results as most Redfin sleep at night and even if they are alarmed by a spin lure flying past them, they would not move to attack in the dark. In some instances the Redfin move away from ‘lure disturbances’ to other areas that are quieter, in other words in order to have a successful catch, fish during day time.

According to most fishing enthusiasts who have been fishing for years, red coloured lures are the best ‘attractors; and have proven to be successful in triggering a Redfin attack in comparison to any other redfin lures, however, once a Redfin encounters a red coloured lure and escapes, it is unlikely that it will go for a red coloured bait – ever again, however using both different coloured lures and different appearance could still do the trick as Redfins have been caught with a variety of coloured lures – black, blue and green included.

Just bear in Mind that Redfins have veracious appetites and when they are in a feeding frenzy, they don’t pay much attention to the colour of the lure as ‘the feeding frenzy’ seizes their instincts and prompts them to attack ‘anything ‘ that looks like a meal. The Redfin has fine tuned its sense of smell and taste and thus using burley (a mix of breadcrumbs, flour and strawberry essence strewn on the water surface) could trigger a hunger pang and stimulate their instincts which in turn could quite possibly induce a feeding frenzy that would increase your chances of landing a good sized Redfin.

Getting the burley right is also important, ‘good burley’ mixes should essentially disintegrate and spread into a fine trail when it hits the water and to test your burley, all you have to do is place a small amount into a bucket filled with water and brush the palm of your hand through the water just above the burley to produce a ‘burley mist’ and if you do not get a ‘mist’ try adding a little more water and breadcrumbs and test it until you get a fine mist.

Other ‘burley recipes’ that work well are chopped up or blended earthworms mixed with water and breadcrumbs as the ‘wormy’ liquids and proteins attract the fish to bite. However, in order to be cost effective about it try your hand in worm farming as a pack of 12 to 20 worms cost about $9 at bait shops.