Barnie White approached the Elite Redfish Series D’lberville Open with a different type of strategy than he had never used before, and he rode that strategy all the way to victory. A week later, White used the same overall approach, lures and tactics to win the Live Redfish Division of the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo. Meanwhile, White’s dad, who fished with him during the ADSFR, finished third in the same division.

White had no hotspot or even a key area. However, he knew what he needed to look for, and he knew a lot of areas where he felt like he could find the right kind of redfish. During the Elite Redfish Series event, he ran more than 200 miles all three days, never fished anywhere for very long (an hour, max, in a couple of spots) and never returned to a spot.

“I felt like a lot of people were going to run out of fish, so I just kept fishing new water,” he said.

The common denominator of each spot was that there were plenty of pogies. Whenever possible, White found specific fish he wanted to target and sight-cast to them with a YUM Mud Minnow, which he believes matches a pogy very well.

Weather was ever changing, with rain showers, clouds and sun all trading back and forth and the wind conditions changing as if someone was turning a switch. White changed sunglasses frequently to keep the best lens color for spotting fish, according to the skies. When wind prohibited a sight-fishing approach, he would switch to a Bomber Drumbeater spinnerbait or fish plastics beneath a Paradise Popper X-treme and let the fish find him.

The following week, with similarly volatile weather and confidence in his approach, White fished the same general area and used the same mix of lures and run-and-gun approach. He didn’t have to run as many miles because he and his dad had the fish they ended up weighing by 1 p.m., but the strategy and the result were the same.