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What Do Fishing Pros Do in the Off-Season? [VIDEO]

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David Walker is an anomaly. Many of us dream about making a living fishing. A lot of anglers have fished in tournaments. David Walker has been a full-time bass fishing professional for almost 20 years! So I was kind of surprised to find what he likes to do in his offseason. You’d think he’d be working on bass, trying new lures or techniques. However, when the season is over, David Walker likes to head to Louisiana or Florida to fish for redfish.

David calls them saltwater bass because he fishes for them with the same equipment he uses for bass fishing. When he hooks up, though, they pull like no bass can. Check out this blog post from David’s site and the following video of him in a Pro Am redfish tournament.

redfish-300x225As a professional angler, one of the most common questions I’m asked is if I fish for fun during the off-season. And the answer is, yes, absolutely! Except it’s not always for freshwater bass.

When I’m looking to fish purely for fun, I head to the Louisiana marsh or Florida coastlines and fish for redfish because they are an absolute blast to catch.

The best part about redfishing is I can take my same exact rods, reels, line and tackle I use for bass and catch redfish on them – no new tackle or extra rigging is required. You can literally walk out to your bass boat, grab a rod with ½-ounce spinnerbait, a ½-ounce flipping jig, a lipless crankbait, a big topwater walker and maybe a fluke-type bait like a Z-Man Jerk Shadz and you’re in the redfish business. Florida’s water is a little clearer, so if I’m headed that way I might have to spend a half a minute rigging a spinning outfit with a ¼-ounce lead head jig — but it’s no big deal.

The other great thing is most slot-sized redfish live inshore in water that is about waist deep or less. So there is no traveling offshore 50 miles, fighting big waves or getting seasick. I’ve done the offshore thing, and personally, I would rather watch a 30-inch redfish wake up behind my topwater and smash it in a foot of water than troll for dolphin in 200 feet of water.

Photos: David Walker Fishing

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