Red Drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) Juveniles are found inshore migrating out of
the estuaries at about 30" (4 years) and joining the spawning population
offshore. A fish of 27" weighs about 8lbs. They are caught widely from a pound
to 10 or 12lbs. A 30lb fish is not unusual. The Florida record is a
staggering 52lbs 5ozs.
World record is a phenomenal 94lbs
Redfish up to around 10lbs rank among the
favorite fish of all Florida anglers. In winter, redfish are found in seagrass,
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 nearshore population.
Tackle & Bait
Redfish is a fine game fish putting up a good
fight with long bullish runs of strength and stamina. All kinds of casting tackle
are used to catch this specie with many anglers having their own special technique.
Redfish of all sizes are found off the beach, bridges, piers and offshore. 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
Redfish of up to 10lbs are excellent to
eat. Some people avoid the red meat parts.
Limits and Regulations
Rec. Bag Limit
Min 18" max 27"
2 per person per day
1 per person per day
limit of 8 fish
Gigging spearing and
snatching prohibited. Must be landed whole.