Redfish Description: Known as a fish that will not quit, redfish can be absolute brutes. And as such, they have become one of the most sought after fish in the shallows of Florida. Since their protection in the mid 1980's redfish numbers have proliferated and are especially abundant and large on the east central Florida coastline. Redfish have a coppery bronze color with a tinge of red, color will vary depending on water clarity. Normally redfish have one spot on the base of their tails but often there are several or many spots. Take a look at these spots caught by a lagooner fisherman. [LOOK]
Where Redfish Are Found: East Central Florida boast some of the best inshore and estuary fishing for redfish in the world. Our redfish are reknown for both quantity and quality. They are found in the lagoon systems all around the coast of Florida and some are even found offshore. This species is often found feeding in less than one foot of water while foraging for crustaceans, fish and small mullosk. Often they are in such shallow water that you can see their tales and backs protruding from the water, hence the term "tailing redfish".
Sightfishing Mecca from Oakhill to Playlinda Beach. World famous fishing waters in the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge in Northern Brevard County. Mosquito Lagoon can have crystal clear water allowing flyfisherman and light-tackle fisherman great opportunities to sight fish for tailing redfish and other species.
Northern Indian River Lagoon
Banana Creek, Titusville, Carbide Flats, Haulover Canal, Dummit Cove, Scottsmore are only some of the known redfish haunts in this area.
Large redfish cruise this area adjacent to the federal No-Motor-Zone in the northern part of this lagoon where schools numbering in the thousands roam untouched and free after a mandated closure post 9-11.
Florida Record Redfish: 51 lbs., 8 ozs.
Florida Redfish Regulations: Not less than 18" or more than 27" and only 1 fish per harvester per day.
Redfish are one of America's most popular inshore saltwater fish species. Weighing up to almost one hundred pounds and colored bright red according to their environment, red fish are one of Florida's most dependable shallow water gamefish. Redfish have several different names or aliases depending on what part of the country you are from. They are called channel bass in the Carolinas, puppy drum, in the gulf areas and simply redfish or red drum all over the south east.
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