For those who familiar, redfish are a very easy bottom fish to catch, normally when found they are harvested in very large numbers. Handgear fishermen normally place anywhere from 3 to 5 hooks on their lines, but some have tried as many as 10 hooks especially when deep dropping in 60 fathoms of water. A safe bet and similar to whiting, four hooks which can be the long shank bait holders, work fine. Do not worry about ultra expensive hooks here...try to use a sharp hook and if possible with a ringed eye which makes it easy to slide them onto dropper loops.
In the late winter and early spring, redfish will be found on many of the hard bottom edges, bumps, ledges and rockpiles. This does present an issue at times as other species which run the gamut from being either closed for the season, prohibited in retention (cod) or are under a moratorium (wolfish) will be caught. I should not have to explain what you have to do as they are regulatory discards whether you like it or not.
One last little tip to pass along is if you do target redfish, use a couple of small hooks, similar in size to what you use for haddock or the large whiting, a good strip bait (anything fresh), and when you start feeling bites, wait until you feel you have loaded up most of your hooks - before reeling up. This will lessen wearing YOU down for the fishing day as many are not used to "turning the reel crank" continuously over a few hour period in water depths from 25 fathoms and much greater.
So gear up for the redfish season as the party and charter boats in northern New England are getting ready to start fishing in 2019.
Ps, if you are having your redfish cut, always remember the guy or gal "cutting those fish" in what you drop into the tip jar....