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THE IMAGE ABOVE IS A MACRO SHOT OF A REDFISH. DID YOU GET IT RIGHT? READ ON TO FIND OUT MUCH MORE ABOUT THIS HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER INSHORE GAMEFISH.
ere you guessing what fish was featured in the close up photo on Instagram or Facebook from Monday? The answer was a Redfish. If you guessed correctly, congrats!
The red drum, also called redfish, is one of Florida’s most sought after inshore sport fishes. They are also the most widespread inshore fish in the state and can be caught in a variety of environments. The red drum is named "red drum", because of the "drumming" sound these fish make with muscles that rub against their air bladder during their spawning season. Juvenile red fish usually live in inshore rivers, bays, or canals for the first 4 years or their life. After reaching maturity after 4 years, these fish move out to nearshore or open ocean waters, such as beaches or inlets, as adults.
The world record red fish was caught off of North Carolina in 1984 and weighed 94 pounds, 2 ounces. In Florida, red fish are known to reach whopping lengths of up to 45 inches and can weigh 51 pounds. These sport fish can be targeted in a variety of ways using light spinning tackle with live bait or artificial lures. Fly fishermen also have a lot of success targeting this species. A red fish's diet consists mostly of small baitfish and crustaceans, such as mullet, shrimp or crabs. Top water plugs, spoons or soft baits are your best bet to hook up with an artificial lure.
To learn more about catching red fish, check out our episode below.