Fresh Live Shrimp,
Shrimp, Squid, Sardines, Mullet,
Chin without barbels
Copper-bronze body; lighter in clear waters
1 to many spots at the base of the tail
Mouth horizontal and opens downward
In winter, Redfish are found in sea grass, over muddy or sand bottoms, or near oyster bars or spring fed creeks.
Juvenile Redfish are an inshore species until they reach roughly 30 inches (4 years). They then migrate to the near shore population.
Fishing Tips and Facts:
Red drum are one of Florida’s most popular sport fish and the state’s most widespread estuarine fish. Floating a live shrimp under a popping cork is a good way to fish for Redfish. They also chase crabs, mullet, Pinfish and Killifish (mud minnows). Casting soft-bodied jigs, spoons and even top-water plugs will catch the attention of these powerful estuarine musicians. Redfish make great table fare.