• Jessica Hopson-Dawson

Redfish Fishing in the Everglades

Redfish are a pretty common kind of fish to find in Florida waters. In the Everglades, they can be caught year-round. The top portion is often red (hence the name) with white at the sides down to the belly. It looks like a black drum, except redfish have a black spot near its tail.

The redfish (also known as Red Drum or Red Bass) can range from less than a pound up to 12 pounds. In Florida, redfish weigh an average of 4-8 lbs although larger fish that weigh 15 lbs are not hard to come across. The largest redfish ever caught weighed 94 pounds and 2 ounces in Avon, North Carolina.

Where to Find Redfish

Redfish are abundant in Florida waters especially during the fall when they start spawning. You can find a lot of them at Everglades National Park and they are mostly in schools during spawning season. However, you can also catch one or two red fish alone in shallow waters.

Red fish can tolerate both freshwater and seawater and although they are not as migratory as tarpons, they do go around waters spawning or looking for warmer temperatures. You can find them in estuarine creeks, basins, and flats. They also roam in rivers especially during the winter season when other bodies of water turn cold.

Best Baits

The best lure for catching redfish is live shrimp. You can get this at your local bait shop and they are readily available. Live shrimp proves to be the best especially when redfish are roaming the waters in search for food. However, you can also choose to use crabs for bait when catching redfish. This is because, during their early years, they only eat crabs. To book a backwater fishing trip with Captain Terry, call 239-695-0687.

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