Redfish, Red Bass, Channel Bass, Drum.
All Florida coasts.
Most popular fishing areas are along shell bars and rocky or grassy
shorelines and on shallow flats, where they are usually fished by sight.
Reds also forage in the surf of outside beaches nearly everywhere on the
Gulf Coast and along the upper half of the East Coast, especially in the
fall. Adults move offshore to spawn and are sometimes encountered in
open water in large schools. They roam into coastal rivers and creeks at
any time of year, and in winter swarm into them, seeking warmer water.
Usually bronze or reddish with white underside, but sometimes quite pale
all over. Prominent ringed spot or several spots at base of tail fin;
occasionally, without the spot. Silhouette is similar to black drum and
colors can sometimes be confusing in very large fish, but the redfish
has no chin barbels and the black drum never has the tail spot.
Caught from less than a pound to 10 or 12 pounds; 30-pounders are not
rare, and the potential in Florida is about 60. World record 94 pounds,
: 51 pounds, 8 ounces.
Redfish up to around 10 pounds rank among the favorite fish of most
anglers. Red portions of flesh do not have objectionable taste when
fresh. Large Redfish are protected at this writing, and not the best of
Fine gamester. Strength, stamina and fairly long, bullish runs are its
TACKLE AND BAITS:
All kinds of casting tackle, including fly, are successfully used on
Redfish of all sizes. Surf rods and light-to-medium saltwater outfits
are good for beach, bridge, pier and offshore fishing. Redfish are
ravenous feeders that will take live baitfish, crabs and shrimp, and
also dead or cut baits from the same sources. Live shrimp and minnows
make the very best baits for shallow coastal fishing; live Pinfish,
small Mullet or similar baitfish for angling in deeper water. Most
productive artificial lures are weed less spoons, plastic-tail jigs and
topwater plugs, but many swimming plugs also work. Large streamers and
poppers do the job for fly fishermen.
Casting; Drifting; Still Fishing.