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Redfish:


Redfish:
Location: Beach, Inshore, Ocean
Tackle: Baitcasting, Fly Fishing, Spinning
Technique: Drifting, Still Fishing
Baits: Baitfish, Crab, Flies, Lures, Lures, Shrimp
Taste: Excellent
World Record: 94 lbs. 2 oz. Caught off of Avon, North Carolina 11/07/1984
Florida Record: 52 lbs. 5 oz. caught off of Cocoa, FL. 02/24/1996


A schooling fish that fights well and eats crustaceans as well as baitfish, the redfish (red drum) is a bulldog that will slug it out around pilings or bury itself in the grass of the open flats. The average redfish in Treasure Coast waters is four to eight pounds, although we occasionally catch larger fish, particularly in the ocean. Redfish love gold spoons, topwater plugs and soft plastics, especially those with the colors gold, pink or orange. They readily eat shrimp and live pilchards, two of the most popular baits to fish on the flats. In Florida, anglers are allowed to keep one redfish daily, with a slot size between 18 and 27 inches. They can be caught all year along the Treasure Coast, with January through April one of the top periods. They also school up on the flats in October.