(Illustration © Diane Rome Peebles)
Identification & Features
Chin without barbelsCopper-bronze body; lighter in clear waters 1 to many spots at the base of the tail Mouth horizontal and opens downward Large scales Habitat In winter, redfish are found in seagrass, over muddy or sand bottoms, or near oyster bars or spring fed creeks. Red drum naturally occur along the southern Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts of the United States, including the coasts of Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. Aquaculture activities involving Red Drum occur around the world ] Immature red drum prefer grass marsh areas of bays and estuaries when available. Both younger mature red drum (3-6 years of age) and bull red drum prefer rocky outcroppings including jetties and manmade structures, such as oil rigs and bridge posts. Around this type of structure, they are found throughout the water column.
Juvenile redfish are an inshore species until they reach roughly 30 inches (4 years). They then migrate to the nearshore population.
Angling Tips & Techniques
Red drum are one of the most popular sport fish and the 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.
EAGLE CLAW: Hook Styles: 084, 190, 254, 25SS, 6331
LAZER SHARP: Rigs: L829, L831, L834
Hook Styles: L1, L2, L3, L669, L197, L2004, L2004EL, L2005, L2007B, L2011S, L2020, L2022, L2013BM, L2045, L7228BP, L8197
LINE: Eagle Claw Clear Blue